Two Views

Two articles on the Iraq/al Qaeda connection. With the recent staff statement of the 9-11 Commission, commentators on either side of the issue are weighing in.

Here's the New York Times:
It's hard to imagine how the commission investigating the 2001 terrorist attacks could have put it more clearly yesterday: there was never any evidence of a link between Iraq and Al Qaeda, between Saddam Hussein and Sept. 11.

Here's The Nation:
The connection"--neoconservative shorthand for the purported link between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda--is crumbling. Two days after Vice President Cheney asserted that Saddam "had long-established ties with Al Qaeda" and one day after George W. Bush echoed his second-in-command, the independent bipartisan 9/11 commission said that no such bond existed.

And here's the National Review:
The 9/11 Commission's staff has come down decidedly on the side of the naysayers about operational ties between Saddam Hussein's regime and Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network. This development is already being met with unbridled joy by opponents of the Iraq war, who have been carping for days about recent statements by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney that reaffirmed the deposed Iraqi regime's promotion of terror.
The celebration is premature.

I tended toward the views expressed in the Times until fairly recently. Earlier NR pieces (see here) have made me think the case isn't closed. Nothing that's come out today has changed that.

posted by Doug Brown
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