From the NYTimes:
The Senate Intelligence Committee said today that there is no evidence that Saddam Hussein had prewar ties to Al Qaeda and one of the terror organization's most notorious members, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.Take it as you like: but reason dictates that only 1 of 2 conclusions regarding our administration can be reached given their public utterances: 1- They have and continue to lie about Iraq's ties to terrorism, 2- they are incompetent.
"Saddam only expressed negative sentiments about bin Laden," the former Iraqi foreign minister, Tariq Aziz, told the Federal Bureau of Investigation when he was asked about Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda's leader.
As for the cliché that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend," Saddam Hussein has told interrogators since his capture in December 2003 that his government had not cooperated with Mr. bin Laden. "He specified that if he wanted to cooperate with the enemies of the U.S., he would have allied with North Korea or China," says a passage in the nearly 400-page report.
Take your pick -- either way our current leaders would make better Fox news commentators than political leaders.
The intelligence committee report notes that the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that, despite rumors of contacts between two of the Sept. 11 hijackers and members of the Hussein regime, "We have no credible information that Baghdad was complicit in the attacks on the Pentagon or the World Trade Center on 11 September or any other Al Qaeda strike."
So much for "pin the tail on the CIA" -- can you say "cherry picked intelligence?"