Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard has more on the new evidence of a substantial connection between Saddam’s Iraq and al Qaeda. Big Trunk discussed this matter here a few days ago.
An interesting sidelight in Hayes’ piece is a compilation of various Clinton-era pronouncements suggesting precisely the connection that we more recently were told did not exist (and, indeed, could not exist, inasmuch as Saddam was a secular, not a religious, figure). ABC News, Newsweek, and an AP report that ran in the Washington Post had all said there appeared to be a connection (the Post has since ridiculed the American public for believing in that connection). Various arms of the Clinton administration had also said so. It looks like they were right.
HINDROCKET adds: Don’t miss this one. Hayes’ book, The Connection : How al Qaeda’s Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America, is coming out within the next week, and deserves to be a blockbuster. Even NPR knew there was an Iraq-al Qaeda during the Clinton administration, as did Richard Clarke and, most significantly, the Clinton Justice Department. The following is an excerpt from the Clinton administration’s 1998 indictment of Osama bin Laden:
Al Qaeda reached an understanding with the government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the Government of Iraq.
This post from Thursday discusses the most recent discovery: One of the key September 11 plotters was a Lt. Colonel in the Saddam Fedayeen.