Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Saddam and Al Qaeda

For those who still insist that we "know" there was no connection between Saddam and Al Qaeda, and they appear to be legion, Stephen Hayes in this week's Weekly Standard should be required reading.
Indeed, more than two years after the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein was
ousted, there is much we do not know about the relationship between Iraq and al
Qaeda. We do know, however, that there was one. We know about this relationship
not from Bush administration assertions but from internal Iraqi Intelligence
Service (IIS) documents recovered in Iraq after the war--documents that have
been authenticated by a U.S. intelligence community long hostile to the very
idea that any such relationship exists.

We know from these IIS documents that beginning in 1992 the former Iraqi
regime regarded bin Laden as an Iraqi Intelligence asset. We know from IIS
documents that the former Iraqi regime provided safe haven and financial support
to an Iraqi who has admitted to mixing the chemicals for the 1993 attack on the
World Trade Center. We know from IIS documents that Saddam Hussein agreed to
Osama bin Laden's request to broadcast anti-Saudi propaganda on Iraqi state-run
television. We know from IIS documents that a "trusted confidante" of bin Laden
stayed for more than two weeks at a posh Baghdad hotel as the guest of the Iraqi
Intelligence Service.

It's a long article, but worth the effort.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohhhh! I CAN SEE THE LIGHT! Our great leader president Bush was right after all. There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, no. Not for now, at least. But hey, they TALKED with bad guys!

Back in 1992, you mean? Please refresh my memory: was that the time when Rummy gave that big hug to Saddam? Or was it when the Bin Laden family made that kind visit to Crawford, Texas? George should not remember that. He was drunk, probably.

Hmmm. Those iraquis, they really like to mix with bad guys!

But we will crush them like bugs, with the help of GOD ALMIGHTY. And then we can move on to Old Europe.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and by the way, I loved that newspaper! Can you believe it? They discuss DARWINISM! Loooool! Thats some good news. I always guessed that the world had been created in a week after all.

I think ill move to that Weekly Standart, and stop listening to those biased british retarded of BBC.

Thank you Scott. You changed my life. You made me choose independent journalism!

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Er, hi, me again. Just took my meds. Sorry about the previous two posts. I'll be more careful next time.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Scott Callahan said...

anonymous #3,

LOL :-)

10:42 AM  

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