Jun 22, 2004
So apparently the Saddam / Osama “controversy” continues, and Kevin Drum weighs in to tell us why the administration will not completely lose the argument, despite the many weaknesses he later lays out:It’s true that the 9/11 commission didn’t say there was no relationship between Saddam and al-Qaeda. They merely said there was no collaboration on attacks against the United States.
It is hard to sort through this stuff, in fact it is hard to find a quote that is anywhere near complete. But forget the section stating there was no involvement in 9/11, and just look at this:
“There have been reports that contacts between Iraq and al Qaeda also occurred after bin Laden had returned to Afghanistan, but they do not appear to have resulted in a collaborative relationship. Two senior bin Laden associates have adamantly denied that any ties existed between al Qaeda and Iraq.”
No collaborative relationship, period. And yet:
“We have removed an ally of al-Qaeda.”
And yet:“9/11 changed everything” is the context by which everything follows. No speech about homeland security or Iraq should begin without a reference to 9/11.
Anybody listening to the House hearings with Wolfowitz today might have noticed that Luntz’s message got through loud and clear.
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