I know we've all had enough of the political arguments but I said I was
compiling evidence (at the request of a couple of wreckers who
disagreed with me but wanted to have a rational discussion -- I know,
not the "Norm" around here) and this tidbit just arrived courtesy of
the Washington Post...
"Clinton first linked al Qaeda to Saddam"
"In fact, during President Clinton's eight years in office, there were
at least two official pronouncements of an alarming alliance between
Baghdad and al Qaeda. One came from William S. Cohen, Mr. Clinton's
defense secretary. He cited an al Qaeda-Baghdad link to justify the
bombing of a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan. "
"The other pronouncement is contained in a Justice Department
indictment on Nov. 4, 1998, charging bin Laden with murder in the
bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.
ÊÊÊÊThe indictment disclosed a close relationship between al Qaeda and
Saddam's regime, which included specialists on chemical weapons and all
types of bombs, including truck bombs, a favorite weapon of terrorists.
ÊÊÊÊThe 1998 indictment said: "Al Qaeda also forged alliances with
the National Islamic Front in the Sudan and with the government of Iran
and its associated terrorist group Hezbollah for the purpose of working
together against their perceived common enemies in the West,
particularly the United States. In addition, 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."
"He said that if the plant had been allowed to produce VX that was used
to kill thousands of Americans, people would have asked him, "Ê'You had
a manager that went to Baghdad; you had Osama bin Laden, who had
funded, at least the corporation, and you had traces of [VX precursor]
and you did what? And you did nothing?' Is that a responsible activity
on the part of the secretary of defense?"
But hey... Bush lied, right?
More to come, but not here on the wreck. I'll post a link that people
can follow when I've finished. But what with work, golf and SWMBOs
coffee table, it's taking a bit longer than expected.