Friday, September 08, 2006

Senate: No links between Saddam, Iraq and Al Qaeda

It's only taken 3 and a half years, but they've finally got it right...

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.

"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 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.

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?"

5 comments:

Capt. Fogg said...

Yet political ads keep mammering on the idea that if we pull out of Iraq, al Qaeda will be free to attack us again.

At the same time they insist that Qaeda is still trying to attack us again and only Bush's warrantless wiretapping can save us.

They can indeed have it both ways because we're stupid and we're proud of it.

Intellectual Insurgent said...

Yup. An uneducated, fearful populace will believe anything. religion, the tooth fairy or whatever other fantasies our government will peddle.

skip sievert said...

Never under estimate the stupidity of the American people.
P.T. Barnum
Never give a sucker an even break.
Business as usual.

Stephen Yeo said...

The Iraq "war" (perhaps invasion would be a better word) was very much one man's (Donald Rumsfeld) fanatical drive to bitch-slap the uniformed military command at the Pentagon into submission and turn the U.S. military into a lighter, faster, nimbler force. So should Bush fire Rumsfeld? Or perhaps even resign himself?

skip sievert said...

How about if Bush jumps in the lake.?
Bush and Rumsfield are only fronts for the corporations.