"The Sept. 11 commission reported yesterday that it has found no "collaborative relationship" between Iraq and al Qaeda, challenging one of the Bush administration's main justifications for the war in Iraq."
"The staff report said that bin Laden "explored possible cooperation with Iraq" while in Sudan through 1996, but that "Iraq apparently never responded" to a bin Laden request for help in 1994. The commission cited reports of contacts between Iraq and al Qaeda after bin Laden went to Afghanistan in 1996, adding, "but they do not appear to have resulted in a collaborative relationship. Two senior bin Laden associates have adamantly denied that any ties existed between al Qaeda and Iraq. We have no credible evidence that Iraq and al Qaeda cooperated on attacks against the United States."
Al Qaeda-Hussein Link Is Dismissed (washingtonpost.com)
Last edited by AdamT; 09-11-11 at 11:25 PM.
Leon Klinghoffer was an American citizen.
What exactly is your point here?
The US had plenty of reasons to engage in the Iraqi War. The decision Bush made was pretty stupid, by my reckoning, but there were plenty of valid reasons to justify it. It comes down to a judgment call. If I were in Bush's place I wouldn't have launched the war in the way he did - I would have just blown the **** out of Saddam and let some other henchman take over on the condition that the terrorism and threats to American interests had to stop. Bush felt otherwise.
I have no clue what leftists like you believe should have been done in your were in Bush's place. Tell us, what would you have done?
Would President AdamT be willing to shoulder the entire burden of blocking the entire Iraqi border for as long as Saddam remained in power? How much damage to US international prestige would you be willing to shoulder in maintain this embargo in the face of world opinion which delegitimized the imposition of sanctions and especially an embargo against Iraq because they wanted their oil and wanted to sell them wares and services?
If you had a functioning brain stem you'd recognize the deus ex machina nature of "your plan."
I have seen some posts by people I think rather well of them, so I say don't get sucked into thinking is primarily a race based round up. It just happens that Qaddafi, picked am group willing to kill civilians was available yo exploit.
When we see what kind of treatment the Rebels carry out upon these new prisoners and we will be able to see what is what.
It would do us well to encourage the rebels to fair and magnanimous treatment. Dangling a fewer small carrots to encourage them to be more like us.
I am not in favor of massive amounts and foreign relief, just as I am not in favor of Welfare for life.
Give and hand up not a hand out.
Always remember to do unto others as you would have others do unto you, and you will be a better person, and your rewards will be real and meaningful.