Monday, July 19, 2004

So what?

Honestly, I wanted Bush to find the WMD only because it would shut up liberals--but am I the only one who really doesn't care that we didn't find any? To me the WMD was the least critical issue in removing Saddam Hussein...

Here's a piece on Katie Couric on the the Today Show from

Katie Couric: Did We Attack the Wrong Country?

In the wake of the news that the upcoming 9/11 Commission report includes evidence that several of the 9/11 hijackers may have been given safe passage through Iran, NBC "Today Show" host Katie Couric wondered aloud Monday morning whether President Bush hadn't "attacked the wrong country."

Couric's guest, former CIA Director James Woolsey, urged her to take a look at the recently released Senate Intelligence Committee report on Iraq, which he noted "has far more details about the Iraqi-Al Qaida connections, particularly in Chapter 12." "People ought to go over that with some care," he recommended.

For those who may find wading through Chapter 12 too tedious, we recommend the far more pithy "Conclusions" section. Here's a few of the Intelligence Committee's findings that Couric and her media brethren apparently missed:

* The CIA's judgment that Saddam Hussein, if sufficiently desperate, might deploy terrorists with a global read - [including] al Qaida - to conduct terrorist attacks in the event of war, was reasonable.

* The CIA's assessment on safehaven - that al Qaida or associated operatives were present in Baghdad and northeastern Iraq in an area under Kurdish control - was reasonable.

* The CIA's examination of contacts, training, safehaven and operational cooperation as indicators of a possible Iraq-al Qaida relationship was a reasonable and objective approach to the question.

* The CIA reasonably assessed that there were likely several instances of contacts between Iraq and al-Qaida throughout the 1990s, but that these contacts did not add up to an established formal relationship.

* The CIA's assessment that Iraq had maintained ties to several secular Pakistani terrorist groups and with the Mujahidin e-Khaliq, was supported by the intelligence. The CIA was also reasonable in judging that Iraq appeared to have been reaching out to more effective terrorist groups, such as Hizballah and Hamas, and might have intended to employ such surrogates in the event of war.

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