Thursday, March 13, 2008

saddam not linked to al qaeda. keep it quiet.

That report we've been waiting for that will demonstrate that there were NO links between Saddam and Al Qaeda? Well, it won't be emailed to anybody. It won't be posted on the internet, either.

You have to go to a small army quonset hut on a remote mountain in New Hampshire and look at the report, engraven on an exposed side of the mountain. No actually, the Pentagon says blandly that it will be mailed in CD format to anybody who asks.

That's so convenient. How long will THAT take?

Is the Pentagon (by which, I mean the de facto Bush Administration) burying the news? Of course not. Just that the Pentagon's website was full of bytes, yeah that's the ticket, and this report would have put it over the limit and then the site would have crashed ... purely a security issue, yeah yeah, that's it.

It wouldn't be because it will directly contradict Bush and other senior officials? Naaah. Follows is a good list of quotes from the ABC News article linked above:

"What I want to bring to your attention today is the potentially much more sinister nexus between Iraq and the Al Qaida terrorist network," former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell told the United Nations February 5, 2003.

On June 18, 2004 the Washington Post quoted President George W. Bush as saying: "The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and al Qaeda: because there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda," Bush said.

"This administration never said that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated between Saddam and al Qaeda," The Washington Post quoted Bush as saying. "We did say there were numerous contacts between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda."

"We know he's out trying once again to produce nuclear weapons and we know that he has a long-standing relationship with various terrorist groups, including the al-Qaeda organization," Vice President Dick Cheney said on NBC's Meet The Press March 16, 2003.

"But the cost is far less than it will be if we get hit, for example, with a weapon that Saddam Hussein might provide to al-Qaeda, the cost to the United States of what happened on 9/11 with billions and billions of dollars and 3,000 lives. And the cost will be much greater in a future attack if the terrorists have access to the kinds of capabilities that Saddam Hussein has developed," Cheney said.

''There is no question but that there have been interactions between the Iraqi government, Iraqi officials and Al Qaeda operatives. They have occurred over a span of some 8 or 10 years to our knowledge. There are currently Al Qaeda in Iraq,'' former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in a interview with Infinity
CBS Radio, Nov. 14, 2002.



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