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July 14, 2005

Nipped in the Bud

The 9/11 Commission Report provided solid evidence of a budding relationship between Saddam and Al-Qaeda. No, the relationship was not yet in full bloom pre-March 2003, but a relationship it was. The war nipped that lethal relationship in the bud. The Weekly Standard provides additional evidence suggesting the relationship was tighter than we thought.

Posted by Rick at July 14, 2005 09:16 AM

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1 detainee? I know this is going to sound typical, but war is a last resort. After a war the causes should be justified. Has that happened? Really? To your satisfaction?

Posted by: sara at July 14, 2005 08:58 PM

From the terrorism section of SSCI's prewar intelligence report (via a commenter at

"(U) Conclusion 96. The Central Intelligence Agency's assessment that to date there was no evidence proving Iraqi complicity or assistance in an al-Qaida attack was reasonable and objective. No additional information has emerged to suggest otherwise."

"(U) Conclusion 93. The Central Intelligence Agency reasonably assessed that there were likely several instances of contacts between Iraq and al-Qaida throughout the 1990s, but that these contacts did not add up to an established formal relationship."

"(U) Conclusion 97. The Central Intelligence Agency's judgment that Saddam Hussein, if sufficiently desperate, might employ terrorists with a global reach - al-Qaida - to conduct terrorist attacks in the event of war, was reasonable. No information has emerged thus far to suggest that Saddam did try to employ al-Qaida in conducting terrorist attacks."

"Saddam had no real relationship with Al Qaeda.  The CIA concluded that there was no operational relationship and that the training relationship was based on unreliable sources."

You'll like the following documents too, which describe another relationship Saddam had with a foreign country. The two articles below and the picture accompanying the first one indicate that members of the current Bush administration collaborated with Saddam, enabling him to become the monster that he was:
There doesn't seem to be a lot of press coverage of that story either. Using the type of reasoning that is common at this blog, I would thus conclude that there is a conspiracy among the MSM to protect the neocons.

Oh, and by the way, the CIA says that the war in Iraq has provided a fantastic training ground for new terrorist recruits to Al Qaeda:
Thus, the war has made us less safe, not more. My favorite part was when Bush dared them to attack us when he said "Bring 'em on!"

But at least the Iraqis have had a taste of freedom in their first ever national election, conservatives argue. Well, actually, it isn't that simple. Looks like Bush Co. may have covertly tried to influence the outcome of the elections:

Curiously, even if it turns out Bush lied about the threat of WMD, 70% of conservatives don't think that that kind of dishonesty matters:
Thank goodness it's republicans making these mistakes. Because if it were democrats, people would really be worried about the direction our country is heading.

Posted by: dem at July 18, 2005 12:08 AM

Well said dem.

Posted by: sara at July 19, 2005 07:30 PM