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July 14, 2005

Still Think There Are No Ties Between Iraq And Al Qaeda?

In the flogging of dead equine flesh department, I'd been meaning to take a few more whacks at this one but several people did a far better job than I could have. I've documented some of this before, but some of it is new and it's nice to see it gathered all in one place. I'll just give you a little teaser and then let you go read both their excellent posts.

John Hawkins has a very comprehensive post debunking 8 anti-war myths. The relevent sections, however, are numbers 5, 6, and 7. From #6 and 7:

Saddam provided "safe haven" for terrorists with "global reach." Among them were terrormaster Abu Nidal, Abdul Rahman Yassin, one of the conspirators in the 1993 WTC bombing, "Khala Khadr al-Salahat, the man who reputedly made the bomb for the Libyans that brought down Pan Am Flight 103 over...Scotland,"Abu Abbas, mastermind of the October 1985 Achille Lauro hijacking and murder of Leon Klinghoffer," & "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, formerly the director of an al Qaeda training base in Afghanistan" who is now believed to be leading Al-Qaeda's forces in Iraq.
"Evan Bayh, Democrat from Indiana, has described the Iraq-al Qaeda connection as a relationship of "mutual exploitation." Joe Lieberman said, "There are extensive contacts between Saddam Hussein's government and al Qaeda." George Tenet, too, has spoken of those contacts and goes further, claiming Iraqi "training" of al Qaeda terrorists on WMDs and provision of "safe haven" for al Qaeda in Baghdad. Richard Clarke once said the U.S. government was "sure" Iraq had provided a chemical-weapons precursor to an al Qaeda-linked pharmaceutical plant in Sudan. Even Hillary Clinton cited the Iraq-al Qaeda connection as one reason she voted for the Iraq War."

Over at Heigh Ho, spd rdr lays out an intriguing story about intelligence gleaned from a Gitmo detainee (yes, I know no useful information has ever been gathered from any detainee at Guantanamo Bay, but bear with me). His post mentions a plot to blow up the US and British embassies. You'll note we've read nothing about this in the lamestream media. From the article he links to:

We have been told by Hudayfa Azzam, the son of bin Laden's longtime mentor Abdullah Azzam, that Saddam Hussein welcomed young al Qaeda members "with open arms" before the war, that they "entered Iraq in large numbers, setting up an organization to confront the occupation," and that the regime "strictly and directly" controlled their activities. We have been told by Jordan's King Abdullah that his government knew Abu Musab al Zarqawi was in Iraq before the war and requested that the former Iraqi regime deport him. We have been told by Time magazine that confidential documents from Zarqawi's group, recovered in recent raids, indicate other jihadists had joined him in Baghdad before the Hussein regime fell. We have been told by one of those jihadists that he was with Zarqawi in Baghdad before the war. We have been told by Ayad Allawi, former Iraqi prime minister and a longtime CIA source, that other Iraqi Intelligence documents indicate bin Laden's top deputy was in Iraq for a jihadist conference in September 1999.

All of this is new--information obtained since the fall of the Hussein regime. And yet critics of the Iraq war and many in the media refuse to see it. Just two weeks ago, President Bush gave a prime-time speech on Iraq. Among his key points: Iraq is a central front in the global war on terror that began on September 11. Bush spoke in very general terms. He did not mention any of this new information on Iraqi support for terrorism to make his case. That didn't matter to many journalists and critics of the war.

CNN anchor Carol Costello claimed "there is no evidence that Saddam Hussein was connected in any way to al Qaeda." The charitable explanation is ignorance. Jay Rockefeller, the West Virginia Democrat who serves as vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, knows better. Before the war he pointed to Zarqawi's presence in Iraq as a "substantial connection between Iraq and al Qaeda." And yet he, too, now insists that Saddam Hussein's regime "had nothing to do with Osama bin Laden, it had nothing to do with al Qaeda."

I've have pointed out Senator Rockafeller's dishonesty previously here. Go check out spd's post - lots of good information there.

Posted by Cassandra at July 14, 2005 10:26 PM

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Mr. Rove learned the name of the CIA person (aka Valerie Plame) from Robert Novak, a journalist.

Does this change anything?

Posted by: Crckt [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 15, 2005 09:20 AM

I blogged about this myself a few days ago. There are some additional links to connect the dots there.
It just seems that the left cannot even realize that there are people who actually check their sources. (Of course, we unpaid and unwashed slobs in pajamas do not have the benefit of numerous fact checkers on staff. So we try to get it right the first time by going to the source.)
Great job, as usual, Cassandra.

Posted by: Pat'sRickĀ© [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 17, 2005 09:23 PM

Good post and a good topic that is still under reported.

I do what I can on the subject at a site that is dedicated to this subject only, www.regimeofterror.com.

Perhaps you'd like to stop by and make a suggestion sometime or shoot me an email and be added to my email list for news on the subject.

Take care,

Posted by: Mark at November 27, 2006 08:57 PM

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