Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Senate Finds No al - Qaida - Saddam Link

September 9, Filed at 10:07 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Saddam Hussein rejected overtures from al-Qaida and believed Islamic extremists were a threat to his regime, a reverse portrait of an Iraq allied with Osama bin Laden painted by the Bush White House, a Senate panel has found.

The administration's version was based in part on intelligence that White House officials knew was flawed, according to Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, citing newly declassified documents released by the panel.

The report, released Friday, discloses for the first time an October 2005 CIA assessment that prior to the war Saddam's government ''did not have a relationship, harbor or turn a blind eye toward'' al-Qaida operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi or his associates.

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coho said...

Hiya, Spocko!

I read your headline and the first thing that came to mind was "Duh."

It's sometimes amazing to me that the obvious still needs lengthy and expensive validation before being accepted.

An equally truthful headline might be: "Senate panel finds no link between excessive peanut butter consumption and auto industry price controls." Or some other such comparison of apples and orange alligators.

11:02 AM  
spocko said...

Hi Coho. I tried to post a repy to you, but blogger ate it. :-(
I would like to be hopefully that more people DO know that, but of course just the other day I heard yet another person claim otherwise.
It's crazy making, but we have to keep restating what is known for the 50 percent that watch too much Fox news or listen to AM radio thinking it is "news". When they stumble upon this information more than once they might start to question if their "news" sources can be trusted.

12:02 PM  
coho said...

Hiya, Spocko!

Blogger's been eating a bunch or stuff it probably shouldn't lately. No Worries.

The underinformed ones, people who can formulate an entire worldview from one (uncorroborated) factoid - or worse the opinion of someone they think they're supposed to admire - scare me speechless sometimes.

There should be a long expensive study to find out why this is. It will need to be classified, though, in case we don't like the results.

10:14 AM  

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