From today’s New York Times, “Study Finds No Qaeda-Hussein Tie:
WASHINGTON — There was no direct operational connection between Saddam Hussein’s government and Al Qaeda before the war in Iraq, says a Pentagon-sponsored study released Wednesday.
The report, by the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federally financed research institution, found “no smoking gun” after a review of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents that have come into American hands since the March 2003 invasion. Senior administration officials cited the existence of ties between Mr. Hussein and the terrorist network run by Osama bin Laden as a rationale for the invasion of Iraq.
We’ve known this, of course, but now it’s official. The danger of looking at this “new study” is that it remains easy for the administration and its supporters to continue hiding behind the claim that “We didn’t know it then.”
Yeah, we did.