ABC news has a brief summary of four documents from Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq, which include references to Osama bin Ladin, al Qaeda, and WMD. The documents are only four out of millions that need to be translated and analyzed, and the references are far from conclusive.
But what we found interesting were the editorial notes the writers included with the document summaries. They seem to be bending over backwards to ensure people don’t get the “wrong” idea and start to doubt the “Iraq had nothing to do with terrorists, Iraq had no WMD” meme that the anti-Iraq-liberation left has been peddling for three years now.
The first section of the ABC report excerpts:
An Iraqi intelligence service document saying that their Afghani informant, who’s only identified by a number, told them that the Afghani Consul Ahmed Dahastani claimed the following in front of him:
That OBL and the Taliban are in contact with Iraq and that a group of Taliban and bin Laden group members visited Iraq.
That the U.S. has proof the Iraqi government and “bin Laden’s group” agreed to cooperate to attack targets inside America.
That in case the Taliban and bin Laden’s group turn out to be involved in “these destructive operations,” the U.S. may strike Iraq and Afghanistan.
That the Afghani consul heard about the issue of Iraq’s relationship with “bin Laden’s group” while he was in Iran.
followed by this:
(Editor’s Note: The controversial claim that Osama bin Laden was cooperating with Saddam Hussein is an ongoing matter of intense debate. While the assertions contained in this document clearly support the claim, the sourcing is questionable – i.e. an unnamed Afghan “informant” reporting on a conversation with another Afghan “consul.” The date of the document – four days after 9/11 – is worth noting but without further corroboration, this document is of limited evidentiary value.)
But we’ve been hearing from the anti-war left in the media, blogs, etc., that there was no connection between Saddam’s Iraq and al Qaeda, or terrorism – case closed, end of issue, move along, nothing to see here… Now we learn from ABC News that “the controversial claim that Osama bin Laden was cooperating with Saddam Hussein is an ongoing matter of intense debate.”
This is real progress; the door is (slightly) ajar. An acknowledgement that the whole case is not closed against Saddam Hussein regarding terrorist ties and WMD is a move, albeit a small move, in the right direection. We continue to believe that the more information comes out about the nature of Saddam Hussein’s regime, the more those who supported the invasion/liberation of Iraq will be vindicated, and history will judge President Bush much more kindly than the present conventional wisdom on the left and MSM does.