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Iraq conspired with Bin Laden to produce WMDs...according to Richard Clarke
Washington Post

Posted on 03/22/2004 10:37:25 PM PST by Jim_Curtis

Clarke said U.S. intelligence does not know how much of the substance was produced at El Shifa or what happened to it. But he said that intelligence exists linking bin Laden to El Shifa's current and past operators, the Iraqi nerve gas experts and the National Islamic Front in Sudan.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaedaandiraq; binladen; iraq; pantsonfire; richardclarke; sadda; wmd
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Clarke did provide new information in defense of Clinton's decision to fire Tomahawk cruise missiles at the El Shifa pharmaceutical plant in Khartoum, Sudan, in retaliation for bin Laden's role in the Aug. 7 embassy bombings. While U.S. intelligence officials disclosed shortly after the missile attack that they had obtained a soil sample from the El Shifa site that contained a precursor of VX nerve gas, Clarke said that the U.S. government is "sure" that Iraqi nerve gas experts actually produced a powdered VX-like substance at the plant that, when mixed with bleach and water, would have become fully active VX nerve gas.

Clarke said U.S. intelligence does not know how much of the substance was produced at El Shifa or what happened to it. But he said that intelligence exists linking bin Laden to El Shifa's current and past operators, the Iraqi nerve gas experts and the National Islamic Front in Sudan.

Given the evidence presented to the White House before the airstrike, Clarke said, the president "would have been derelict in his duties if he didn't blow up the facility."

Clarke said the U.S. does not believe that bin Laden has been able to acquire chemical agents, biological toxins or nuclear weapons. If evidence of such an acquisition existed, he said, "we would be in the process of doing something."

(Excerpted from "Embassy Attacks Thwarted, U.S. Says; Official Cites Gains Against Bin Laden; Clinton Seeks $10 Billion to Fight Terrorism," Vernon Loeb, Washington Post, A02, January 23, 1999.)

Thanks to Wallaby for looking up this old article, I thought it deserved its own thread since I've heard the libs whine a thousand times that there is no link between OBL and Saddam. Well, their new hero thinks so.

1 posted on 03/22/2004 10:37:25 PM PST by Jim_Curtis
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To: Jim_Curtis
The liberal media is going to have a cow now.
2 posted on 03/22/2004 10:38:20 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.ArmorforCongress.com......................Send a Freeper to Congress!)
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To: Green Knight; ganeshpuri89
Can I get a "Hell yeah?"
3 posted on 03/22/2004 10:41:39 PM PST by Angelus Errare
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To: Jim_Curtis; Howlin
This looks interesting.....
4 posted on 03/22/2004 10:41:53 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Jim_Curtis
Bump.
5 posted on 03/22/2004 10:41:59 PM PST by Cap Huff
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To: Jim_Curtis
"Iraq conspired with Bin Laden to produce WMDs...according to Richard Clarke"
Why was this not in the 60 minutes interview? And how can Clarke say that this is the case, yet still oppose removing Saddam?
6 posted on 03/22/2004 10:42:06 PM PST by Betaille ("Show them no mercy, for none shall be shown to you")
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To: Angelus Errare
is this thw whole article?
7 posted on 03/22/2004 10:42:22 PM PST by Republic Rocker
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To: Indy Pendance; Jim_Curtis
Indy, from what Jim has posted so far, this article is WAY interesting.
8 posted on 03/22/2004 10:42:55 PM PST by Howlin
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To: GeronL; Jim_Curtis
The liberal media is going to have a cow now.

I disagree. Consistency of thought or logic is not a benchmark for the left. They can ignore this point entirely while preaching that everything negative he says is gospel.

9 posted on 03/22/2004 10:43:07 PM PST by Lawgvr1955 (I am not completely worthless; I can always serve as a "bad example".)
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To: GeronL
Are you kidding me? The liberal media will never report this. It's up to Talk radio and FoxNews. We'll see.
10 posted on 03/22/2004 10:44:35 PM PST by Right_Mom
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To: Jim_Curtis
Dick Clarke isn't going to get near as much mileage as Paul O'Neill and who is talking about O'Neill these days?

Exactly! No one!
11 posted on 03/22/2004 10:44:56 PM PST by Fledermaus ( Frm ^;;^ says, "Tick off France, Germany, Spain and Al Qaeda - VOTE BUSH!")
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To: Jim_Curtis
Send this to Drudge, Foxnews, Rush, and anybody else who will report it ASAP. Excellent work Sleuths!
12 posted on 03/22/2004 10:45:41 PM PST by Betaille ("Show them no mercy, for none shall be shown to you")
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To: Right_Mom
I've sent so many letters to my LA TIMES that my wrist hurts....I can not believe we live in a so called Free country yet are controlled by the press and media......
13 posted on 03/22/2004 10:46:01 PM PST by Republic Rocker
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To: Jim_Curtis
This deserves a bump.
14 posted on 03/22/2004 10:46:37 PM PST by FranklinsTower
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To: All
Can we have a link to the entire article?
15 posted on 03/22/2004 10:47:24 PM PST by COEXERJ145
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To: Jim_Curtis

16 posted on 03/22/2004 10:47:40 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Betaille
Two reasons.

1. CBS is proterrorist, proCommunist and truly antiAmerican .... and owns Clarke's book.

2. CBS and the Democrats say that Clarke lied then, but can be trusted now.

17 posted on 03/22/2004 10:48:44 PM PST by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us)
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To: Lawgvr1955; Right_Mom
I hope one of you have bunches of talk show host e-mail addresses on a mailing list.
18 posted on 03/22/2004 10:49:09 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.ArmorforCongress.com......................Send a Freeper to Congress!)
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To: Lancey Howard
BwAhHAhAHahAhAHHAHAahhAahAHAhahHHAhaha!
19 posted on 03/22/2004 10:49:23 PM PST by Republic Rocker
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To: Diogenesis
Yeah but if this gets out... it will turn the Dems entire argument on its head! Clarke will be used as a source to SUPPORT GOING INTO IRAQ
20 posted on 03/22/2004 10:50:09 PM PST by Betaille ("Show them no mercy, for none shall be shown to you")
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