David Kirkpatrick

March 13, 2008

Iraq — no WMDs, no al Qaeda/Saddam connection

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:05 pm

Okay. We found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the reason given pre-invasion for immediate action. Maybe the intelligence was bad, maybe cooked up. At this point there’s no way of knowing.

After that intelligence failure was disclosed and publicized, the Bush 43 regime continued (and still does to some extent) to push the idea the Iraq invasion was also important because we were able to break up an al Qaeda/Saddam Hussein party plotting against the US.

Whoops. Turns out that was patently false, and a US military study conclusively covers that very fact.

From the TPM Muckraker link:

We were told by the Joint Forces Command that our copy was mailed today. But ABC News has already got its copy and posted it for all to see. So here you go (pdf). Behold! “This study found no ‘smoking gun’ (i.e. direct connection) between Saddam’s Iraq and al Qaeda.”

It’s a shame every stated justification for the preemptive strike against Iraq has proven false. Right now we are in a true quagmire, with no end in sight. It’s wonderful the “surge” has improved conditions, but by all rights we shouldn’t be caught in a brutal civil war and spending unfathomable amounts of US treasure as our economy sinks into recession and our dollar freefalls in the international market.

(And although I’m not going to dig up any links right now, serious economists on the right and left, aside from pollyanna cheerleaders, agree we are in recession regardless how the Fed wants to play this thing.)


  1. I thought we would be getting cheap fuel by now or something. Exxon is getting rich and were left holding the bag. by the way what ever happened in Afghanistan, havent heard too much since we decided to invade (I mean liberate)Iraq, after killing Saddam and his sons and setting up (so called) free elections when are we going to claim victory anyway, now we aare rebuilding the country (with the third largest oil reserve in the world) with American tax payers money

    Comment by treewrestler — March 13, 2008 @ 5:53 pm

  2. David,
    I just read the entire report and though it does say there is no “smoking gun” linking Saddam directly to bin Laden there are at least six examples of funding, training and cooperating with al Qaeda proxies, including Ayman al Zawahiri’s EIJ. I blogged about this a little bit at my site, http://www.regimeofterror.com.

    I understand that there are very valid reasons to oppose the invasion and execution of this war but the reporting on what’s actually IN this report leaves a lot to be desired. I think you’d be surprised what is in it after you read the whole thing.

    Comment by Mark E. — March 16, 2008 @ 12:29 pm

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