Zawahiri surrounded 1 day after Powell declares Pakistan an ally on par with Israel and Japan (there is coincidence and then there is Coincidence). Iraq attacked and turned into chaos when it had no WMDs and no Al Qaeda connections.
Pakistan, which was running a nuclear WalMart in the meanwhile and still has jehadis operating within eyesight of its military headquarters in Islamabad - gets billions of dollars of US taxpayer money.
We are going to establish democracy in Iraq - but we were trying to pass off these caucuses which would have put in pro-US people in power. Anyone who disagrees with the Bushies is weak on terror. The French and now the Spanish are evil, but the Saudis are our allies. And the media swallows and spits all this out dutifully.
This is not too far from George Orwell's 1984.