Tuesday :: Jan 13, 2004

Another Bush Claim On Iraq Debunked - Hussein Warned Followers Away From Al Qaeda

by Steve

Both the New York Times and the Washington Post are reporting tomorrow that another White House claim about Hussein was debunked today. Rummy and Cheney’s claim that Hussein was working with Al Qaeda and any postwar resistance would be made up of foreign terrorist forces was trashed today when the CIA validated the authenticity of a document found with Hussein that is a directive from Saddam to his followers telling them not to link up with jihadists.

The document, which the CIA believes to be authentic, appears to be written to leaders of the Iraqi resistance and, as such, undercuts the argument of Bush administration officials that Hussein was working closely with al Qaeda and other religious extremists, a view not shared by most U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies.

On the contrary, the directive, which was first reported in today's New York Times, adds to the mounting evidence that the insurgency is largely Iraqi-directed and -controlled and that Hussein's links to al Qaeda before the war were not strong.

Vice President Cheney has sought to publicly link Hussein with al Qaeda and has repeatedly suggested that Iraq somehow participated in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States. This view is disputed in intelligence reports, which state that there is no evidence linking Iraq to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon or to al Qaeda's worldwide operations.

Al Qaeda members in secret CIA detention centers abroad have told interrogators in the past year that Osama bin Laden had rejected the idea of working with Hussein, who as president of Iraq led one of the most secular governments in the Middle East.

The hits just keep on coming.

Steve :: 10:59 PM :: Comments (2) :: Digg It!