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A Terrorist Sugar Daddy Named Saddam (MUST READ -- factual info)
Capitol Hill Blue ^ | Oct. 17, 2003 | DEROY MURDOCK

Posted on 10/17/2003 9:06:41 AM PDT by FairOpinion

Critics of President Bush's Iraq policy employ a flimsy argument that nonetheless enjoys growing appeal among a largely hostile press corps. Since Saddam Hussein did not order the Sept. 11 attacks -- the fuzzy logic goes -- he has no ties to terrorists, especially al Qaeda. Therefore, the Iraq war was bogus, and Bush should be defeated. "The evidence now shows clearly that Saddam did not want to work with Osama bin Laden at all," Al Gore declared Aug. 7. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., told the Los Angeles Times that Iraq's alleged al Qaeda links were "tenuous at best and not compelling." The Times slammed Vice President Cheney on Sept. 16 for making "sweeping, unproven claims about Saddam Hussein's connections to terrorism."

The president should confront his detractors by thoroughly detailing the evidence that connects Hussein to terrorists, including al Qaeda and possibly Sept. 11.

-- Stephen Hayes reported in the July 11 Weekly Standard that the official Babylon Daily Political Newspaper, published by Hussein's son, Uday, ran a "List of Honor" in its Nov. 14, 2002, edition.

Among 600 leading Iraqis named was: "Abid Al-Karim Muhamed Aswod, intelligence officer responsible for the coordination of activities with the Osama bin Laden group at the Iraqi embassy in Pakistan."

Carter-appointed federal appeals judge Gilbert Merritt discovered this document while helping Iraq rebuild its courts. He wrote in the June 25 Tennessean that two of his Iraqi colleagues remember secret police removing that embarrassing edition from newsstands. Judge Merritt speculates that Uday showcased these dedicated Baathists to "make them more loyal and supportive of the regime."

-- Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, director of an Afghan al Qaeda camp, fled for Baghdad after being injured as the Taliban fell. He received medical care and convalesced there for two months. He then opened a terrorist base in northern Iraq and arranged the October 2002 assassination of U.S. diplomat Lawrence Foley in Amman, Jordan.

-- According to Richard Miniter, author of the best-selling "Losing bin Laden," "U.S. forces recently discovered a cache of documents in Tikrit, Saddam's hometown, that show Iraq gave Mr. Yasin both a house and a monthly salary." Al Qaeda member Abdul Rahman Yasin was indicted for building the bomb that exploded beneath the World Trade Center on Feb.26, 1993, killing six and injuring some 1,000 New Yorkers.

-- While sifting through the Mukhabarat's bombed ruins last April 27, the Toronto Star's Mitch Potter and the London Telegraph's Inigo Gilmore discovered a Feb. 19, 1998, intelligence memo marked "Top Secret and Urgent." It said the agency would pay "all the travel and hotel costs inside Iraq to gain the knowledge of the message from bin Laden and to convey to his envoy an oral message from us to bin Laden."

Tantalizing clues also suggest that Saddam Hussein might not have shared the world's shock when the Twin Towers blazed.

-- His Salman Pak terror camp trained hijackers on an actual passenger jet.

-- On Jan. 5, 2000, Ahmad Hikmat Shakir _ an Iraqi airport greeter reportedly dispatched from Baghdad's Malaysian embassy _escorted Khalid al Midhar and Nawaz al Hamzi to a Kuala Lampur hotel where these two Sept. 11 hijackers met with 9/11 conspirators Ramzi bin al Shibh and Tawfiz al Atash. Five days later, Shakir disappeared. Qatari officials arrested him on Sept. 17, 2001. They discovered papers tying him to the 1993 WTC plot and "Operation Bojinka," al Qaeda's 1995 plan to atomize 12 jets over the Pacific.

-- Finally, Clinton-appointed Manhattan federal judge Harold Baer ordered Hussein to pay $104 million to the families of two 9/11 casualties.

"I conclude that plaintiffs have shown, albeit barely...that Iraq provided material support to bin Laden and al Qaeda." An airtight case? No, but sufficient evidence tied Hussein to 9/11 and won a May 7 federal judgment against him.

The administration should help Americans and the world understand the patterns that emerge through these sometimes-murky data. Plenty exists in the public record (and surely more should be declassified) to demonstrate that Iraq's liberation and rehabilitation are necessary phases of the War on Terror. President Bush and his spokesmen should present this case, not randomly, but repeatedly and in as comprehensive, well-documented and well-illustrated a fashion as their vast resources will allow.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; deroymurdock; iraq; prewardocs; saddam; saddamterrorlink; terrorism; wot
While it's technically an opinion piece, but I hope the AM will leave it in Front Page news, because it has a lot of specific facts countering the claims that Saddam has not connection to terrorists.

I think the Bush administration and the Republicans should be making these points every day, every time a Dem makes the accusation, we should drag out the facts to counter it. Otherwise people only hear the Dem's lies -- this is what brings down Bush't approval ratings. The American people need to be told the truth.

1 posted on 10/17/2003 9:06:42 AM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
ping
2 posted on 10/17/2003 9:07:21 AM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
INTSUM
3 posted on 10/17/2003 9:21:28 AM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: FairOpinion
Mega-bump! The Demonrats use the "big lie" approach every day - just repeat it enough and the gullible will believe the lie.
(The lamestream press wil happily repeat it for them.)
Then move on to the next lie. Their lies must be refuted every day, every time.
4 posted on 10/17/2003 9:21:48 AM PDT by talleyman (Satan is the Father of Lies - Satan is a Democrat)
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To: FairOpinion
Amen!
5 posted on 10/17/2003 9:25:31 AM PDT by Tired_of_the_Lies
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To: FairOpinion
Good find! (CHB? Are they repenting?)
6 posted on 10/17/2003 9:53:22 AM PDT by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: FairOpinion
Democrats Prefer Saddam over Bush.

Just repeat that over and over for the next 12 months, and make THAT stick.

From the way they're talking, it believable (or maybe true?).

7 posted on 10/17/2003 10:09:26 AM PDT by narby
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To: FairOpinion
I think the Bush administration and the Republicans should be making these points every day, every time a Dem makes the accusation, we should drag out the facts to counter it.

Now is not the time. It will weaken Dean, while he is our opponent of choice for 2004. Let Dean drag his party to the left. They underestimated Bush and don't see that they are speeding toward black ice. When the right time comes, Bush can focus on the evidence and suddenly the Dems are without traction. Next they will fall.

GWB is the black ice President.

8 posted on 10/17/2003 10:18:20 AM PDT by frithguild
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To: FairOpinion; MJY1288; Calpernia; Grampa Dave; anniegetyourgun; Ernest_at_the_Beach; BOBTHENAILER; ..
Thanks for the ping and the post!

We do need to keep repeating the facts.

Stephen Hayes reported in the July 11 Weekly Standard that the official Babylon Daily Political Newspaper, published by Hussein's son, Uday, ran a "List of Honor" in its Nov. 14, 2002, edition.

Among 600 leading Iraqis named was: "Abid Al-Karim Muhamed Aswod, intelligence officer responsible for the coordination of activities with the Osama bin Laden group at the Iraqi embassy in Pakistan."

The Hussein crime gang leaving us mountains of helpful paperwork evidence.

 Thanks, Tonkin!

If you want on or off my Pro-Coalition ping list, please Freepmail me. Warning: it is a high volume ping list on good days. (Most days are good days).

9 posted on 10/17/2003 10:42:10 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("criticizing somebody from a pinnacle of near-perfect ignorance is not good form." ~ Rummy, 10/16)
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To: FairOpinion
Bump! Bush has not been personally putting forth data to thwart the "Big Lie". However, even with the rediculouse attacks on the economy and attempt to roll back the tax cuts, it is more and more evident that the Degenrats are going to LOOSE BIG TIME. Truth is winning out without "firing a shot"! (Figure of speech - at this point, I do not advocate "shooting" Degenerats.)
10 posted on 10/17/2003 10:52:25 AM PDT by Henchman (I Hench, therefore I am!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Bump!
11 posted on 10/17/2003 10:56:18 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Henchman
Since the election is still over a year away, I think half the voters aren’t yet paying attention, especially the usual group of “undecideds”.

Bush and Rove understand this and are allowing the democRATS to seemingly trash the President on a daily basis with no retribution. As we approach the election and with all the RATS having now shown their true colors of hate, lies and distortions concerning Bush, the tide will turn.

With all these RATS on record when the real electioneering starts next year, the flow of good news will quicken, repudiating the vile spewings of the RATS and the lib media and the voters will see the RATS to be the self-incriminating liars that they are.

12 posted on 10/17/2003 11:22:28 AM PDT by tractorman
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To: tractorman
BTTT!!
13 posted on 10/17/2003 11:27:43 AM PDT by Lael (Bush to Middle Class: Send your kids to DIE in Iraq while I send your LIVELIHOODS to INDIA!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
The evidence is there ~ Too bad that the pro-terrorist democrats and their left-wing lackeys in the media are so brain dead!
14 posted on 10/17/2003 1:18:56 PM PDT by blackie
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To: talleyman; FairOpinion
All the connections between Saddam's regime and Al Qaeda have already been ignored by the rats and their lackeys in the media. I expect Bush to use those connections like a hammer when he's in a debate with the rat nominee. That way it can't be ignored and will yield maximum publicty with folks who are still undecided. Many of those folks are not paying attention now anyway.
15 posted on 10/17/2003 3:59:01 PM PDT by neverdem (Say a prayer for New York both for it's lefty statism and the probability the city will be hit again)
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To: MizSterious
Doug didn't write it but it is good that he published it.He has lost his crediblity .
16 posted on 10/17/2003 5:11:43 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: FairOpinion
bump
17 posted on 10/17/2003 8:29:02 PM PDT by GOPJ
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; FairOpinion
According to Richard Miniter, author of the best-selling "Losing bin Laden," "U.S. forces recently discovered a cache of documents in Tikrit, Saddam's hometown, that show Iraq gave Mr. Yasin both a house and a monthly salary." Al Qaeda member Abdul Rahman Yasin was indicted for building the bomb that exploded beneath the World Trade Center on Feb.26, 1993, killing six and injuring some 1,000 New Yorkers.

Clinton canned Woolsey who said Ramzi Yousef was an Iraqi agent.

Atta and Al Ani meeting in Prague in April 2001 was no internet romance.

Demunists are in denial--and hoping for another 911.

18 posted on 10/17/2003 11:21:16 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: tractorman
That's about the way I see it too. It is anoying that no one puts the Degenerats in their place now; but that would only give us temporary satisfaction. Winning the next election and removing the "English" and "Spanish" versions of www.Whitehouse.gov will mean that it is once again written in AMERICAN! - I don't think the votes of just the English-Americans and Spanish-Americans will carry the election. - Once again, they will need ALL Americans.
19 posted on 10/18/2003 7:34:23 AM PDT by Henchman (I Hench, therefore I am!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Bump!
20 posted on 10/18/2003 11:45:21 PM PDT by windchime
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To: FairOpinion

bookmark


21 posted on 11/24/2006 6:00:17 PM PST by AmeriBrit (Soros and Clinton's for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington = SCREW.)
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To: Cindy; AmeriBrit

PING -- FLASHBACK

I posted it in 2003, completely forgot about it, until Ameribrit just bumped the thread, by bookmarking it. Thanks, AB.

Appropriate reminder -- who knew in 2003, that people will deny Saddam's link to terror, despite the mountains of evidence.


22 posted on 11/24/2006 7:45:34 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: jveritas; eyespysomething

Flashback from 2003 -- but thought you'd be interested. (see my earlier post -- this article rediscovered)


23 posted on 11/24/2006 7:47:04 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion

Thanks Fair Opinion.
That's a memory jogger.


24 posted on 11/25/2006 12:55:17 AM PST by Cindy
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To: FairOpinion
:)

All our memories need a little jog now and then. I even find several of mine I'd forgotten about when I go off on my archive jaunts.

What amazes me is so many articles seemed insignificant at the time they were published but are so revealing and assist in connecting the dots when re-examined a couple of years later.
25 posted on 11/25/2006 2:23:43 PM PST by AmeriBrit (Soros and Clinton's for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington = SCREW.)
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To: frithguild
AMEN!

It's just my opinion that the facts and these all important
points have not been elaborated upon, clearly and at every
opportunity. I'll allow that often the "opportunity" is
discounted or ignored by the liberal press corps.

With the 2008 election looming large, it's
imperative! If it is said in its entirety each and every
time, eventually it will slip through the liberal press,
and to the very people who believe there IS no plan and do
not know the facts.
26 posted on 12/10/2006 12:08:07 AM PST by sangfroid10
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To: AmeriBrit

Bttt


27 posted on 12/10/2006 12:14:05 AM PST by MinorityRepublican (Everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL)
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To: sangfroid10; All

Yes, this piece is over THREE YEARS old, and a lot has happened in three years: NAMELY, the complete indifference of the Bush Administration to take the very sensible advice offered in this article, to sell the Iraq project, and to explain their side of the case as to Saddam's complicity in 9/11 and his favorable view of Al Qaeda, and the global Jihad. This, it would seem, WOULD have been the essential thing to do, if one wanted to minimize one's chances of dipping so low in public approval that was has already come to pass would come to pass. The chance to sell the Iraq effort, explain it, justify it,put it into an ongoing perspective etc. has been missed, and recent elections show just what price was paid for this lassitude. There won't be a second chance. The question is,
WHY did the Administration NOT see this strategy as essential to a project this large, this fraught with complication and danger?


28 posted on 12/13/2006 10:07:47 PM PST by supremedoctrine ("Talent hits a target no one else can hit, genius hits a target no one else can see"--Schopenhauer)
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To: supremedoctrine

BTT


29 posted on 12/13/2006 10:08:50 PM PST by supremedoctrine ("Talent hits a target no one else can hit, genius hits a target no one else can see"--Schopenhauer)
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