Friday, March 14, 2008


News: still no connection between Saddam and Al Qaeda

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.


Ray said...

As time goes by we see more and more reports refuting Bushco's phony war and all that goes with it. And yet, still he and all his war-mongering cronies have paid no penalty.

The (soon-to-be-former) governor of New York is caught with his trousers down, and immediately the Republicans start threatening impeachment. This country certainly appears to have its priorities upside down, at least in my opinion.

Now, I'm not trying to belittle Spitzer's offence, as I mentioned in a comment a few days ago - indeed, I believe his decision to resign was the correct one, given the rank hypocrisy he displayed - and yet in reality his offence was minor in the grand scheme of things, and especially compared to those of Bush.

So why is it that the Republicans feel free to threaten impeachment for moral lapses, and yet the Democrats are so loathe to begin a well-justified call for the impeachment of Bush and his wicked cabal?

Barry Leiba said...


I wish I had an answer to that question. You know what I've said here, several times, starting at the beginning (and there've been more reasons raised since then).