Skip to comments.Osama and Saddam (Hit piece on Bush)
Posted on 07/28/2005 3:29:20 PM PDT by bitt
June 29 - Just in case anyone was reaching for the remote, President George W. Bush hit his keynote as early as he could while still being polite. After thanking the troops at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Tuesday night, the first two lines of his speech were blindingly simple. The troops here and across the world are fighting a global war on terror, he said. The war reached our shores on September the 11th, 2001.
In other words: forget about the Downing Street memos and Colin Powells now discredited speech at the United Nations. This is one war, against one enemy, making Iraq simply a continuation of the hunt for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. Or, as Bush put it, Iraq is the latest battlefield in this war. He might as well have stood in front of a picture of the Twin Towers.
Its easy to see why this approach is so attractive to the White House. The presidents response to 9/11 remains a potent memory in public opinion. So potent that it still drives the only positive numbers in the presidents performance ratings. Bush has disapproval ratings of more than 50 percent on the economy, energy and health care, according to the latest Gallup poll. On Iraq, 58 percent disapprove of his handling of the war. But on terrorism, the president has maintained the support of the people: 55 percent approve of his performance.
There are only three major problems with Bushs latest attempt to tie Iraq to 9/11. One is political, another personal, yet another is practical.
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Shameful and nearly unlawful.
Not gonna bother. It doesn't look like anyone is reading Newsweak anyhow.
These idiots put a great many people in danger with their foolish "Koran in the toilet" story, which was irresponsible and wrong. They are not qualified to comment any further.
Newsweak morons continue to work like termites to undermine the USA. Everything in this article is 'spun' to create a negative impression upon the reader. These scumbags are not Americans, no matter how much they may protest otherwise - they are allies of the Islamo-fascists.
Connect the dots Saddam and Bin Laden.....
God I luv internet archives...........
Iraq Tempts Bin Laden To Attack West
By Ian Bruce
December 28, 1999
The world's most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, has been offered sanctuary in
Iraq if his worldwide terrorist network succeeds in carrying out a campaign of
high-profile attacks on the West over the next few weeks.
Intelligence sources say the Saudi dissident believed responsible for the
bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and a US military
barracks in Saudi Arabia in 1998, is running out of options for a safe haven.
He is now thought to have overcome his initial rejection of Saddam Hussein,
whom he regarded as an exploiter of the Islamic cause rather than a true
believer, and is considering the offer of a bolt-hole from which he can
continue to mastermind terrorism on a global scale.
A US counter-terrorist source said yesterday: "Our State Department issued a
worldwide warning on December 11. We have solid information that many of the
groups operating under bin Laden's patronage are planning 'spectaculars' to
coincide with the period leading up to and through the millennium
"They want to inflict maximum loss of life in return for publicity. Now we are
also facing the prospect of an unholy alliance between bin Laden and Saddam.
The implications are terrifying.
"We might be looking at the most wanted man on the FBI's target list gaining
access to chemical, biological or even nuclear weapons courtesy of Iraq's
clandestine research programmes."
The US intelligence community has been squeezing bin Laden's finances steadily
for several years. His personal fortune of anything up to £500m has been
whittled down to single figures, although funds continue to flow into the
coffers of his Al Qaeda - Arabic for "The Base" - organisation from wealthy
individuals in the Middle East.
These include members of the Saudi royal family opposed to American
involvement in the region and rich businessmen in the Gulf States hoping to
buy themselves immunity if bin Laden's Islamic revolution ever manages to
overthrow their governments.
But the bulk of his income comes from acting as middleman and fixer for the
Afghan opium producers. According to the United Nations, Afghanistan supplies
75% of the world's opium and its heroin derivatives in a narcotics' trade
worth an estimated £4bn to £6bn a year.
The Taleban religious fanatics who control 85% of Afghanistan need the cash to
fund their never-ending civil wars. They gave bin Laden refuge because he had
connections with the Chechen and Russian mafias and their access to
money-laundering in the West.
According to Middle Eastern intelligence sources, bin Laden rakes off anything
up to £500m a year from his pivotal role in the drugs' trade. It is more than
enough to underwrite the cost of mujahideen training camps in Afghanistan,
Pakistan and Sudan and the provision of weapons for bin Laden's personal war
against the US and its allies.
Up to 20 Islamic extremist groups operate under the loose control of Al Qaeda.
They include Algeria's GSPC, responsible for the casual murder of civilians in
the country's Kabylie region, and a network for recruiting Muslim volunteers
to fight in the Balkans and Chechnya.
Al Qaeda's tentacles spread across Europe and the Middle East, including the
United Kingdom. Up to 2000 young Muslims a year were enlisted in Britain
between 1995 and 1998 to fight militant Islam's cause.
They received basic survival and unarmed combat training in Britain, and were
then flown to various camps in Yemen, Pakistan, and Afghanistan to be
instructed in the use of firearms and explosives. A few were involved in
combat in the latter stages of the Bosnian conflict.
The spread of bin Laden's influence has spawned some strange alliances.
Israel's Mossad agency is currently helping the Russians identify known
fundamentalist militants in Chechnya. British, Italian and US agents
reportedly co-operated with Slobodan Milosevic's regime to root out veterans
of the 1979-89 Afghan-Russia war while they were themselves on opposite sides
The Americans have also resorted to hi-tech destabilisation. Various agencies
inserted "sniffer" software programmes into the banking systems of Europe and
the Middle East from the mid-1990s onwards.
These were targeted on known or suspected accounts for bin Laden's front men
in Holland, Britain, Switzerland, Italy, the US and the Caribbean.
When large amounts of cash were moved around, the programmes flagged up the
transactions. Computer experts then transferred or deleted the cash
electronically to starve Al Qaeda of funding.
Bin Laden has almost outstayed his welcome in Afghanistan. Despite the
Taleban's public declaration of protection for a "guest", the regime is
suffering from international sanctions as long as it harbours him.
The Americans have a continually updated plan for a special forces' team to
snatch him from his mountain lair in the Hindu Kush.
But they look back to a Soviet raid in the same area in April, 1986, when
three battalions of elite Spetznaz commandos went in after a local Afghan
commander. Few came back.
Bin Laden is understood to have selected Yemen, his father's birthplace, as a
first alternative. But the Yemenis could not protect him from the wrath of the
West or Saudi Arabia. Chechnya was his second choice, but the province is
being ground under Russia's military jackboot.
That leaves Iraq, and the potential for an alliance which would be everyone
Well, obviously Clinton was President then...
Good post, bitt. We should watch what is being written out there in LoonyVille.
""In other words: forget about the Downing Street memos and Colin Powells now discredited speech at the United Nations. ""
How about this: In other words: forget about nick berg, 3000 human beings slaughtered on 11 Sept, decades of terrorist attacks against Americans, hundreds of thousands of muslims slaughtered at the hands of the dictators hussein, mutant medieval thugs, and on and on and on.........
Newspeak can go to hell - useless rag.......
I had a lefty friend who had a 'taking the center of the board' chess analogy for why he thought we went in Iraq. I didn't get it at first. Upon further reflection, he may be right. What better place to concentrate both our efforts and their efforts in this global confrontation? Analogous to Bush's "Taking the war to them" speach...Didn't Sun Tzu say something about if you know you have to fight the next most important things to decide are when and where to fight?
Newsweak still publishes 51 issues too many each year.
Clintoon and his 'advisors' left us open to terrorism, and that's that. Most Americans wish that the leftys and the MSM would just shut up and do something helpful.
I only see these rags (Time, Newsweak) in offices now, and if emplooyees would make a stink about the ludictous costs and bias, maybe the bosses would send back a statement saying "Cancelled due to disinterest in your agendae".
Bunch of losers won't drop the propaganda.
To prove Willie's involvement (that's the evidence Berger was destroying) is to implicate Hillie. The leftists back Hillie and must block/hide anything that might hurt her chances with the normal voters (the dem voters are too stupid to decide for themselves). Attacking W draws attention from Willie. That is one reason that an honest investigation of UN corruption is so important. If Volker dug deep enough, he'd find Willie (or his pardon buying surrogates) at the same trough as the UN thieves.
Mark Rich, etc?
I agree with you...why the investigation is taking so long, tho, is beyond me..
we all could have completed this in say, 90 days...
Can the two numbnuts who wrote this piece mischaracterize reality and history any more?
I mean really.
Worthless a-holes...I already have one.
Who cares!! The best to hurt these morons is by boycotting them. Don't buy their crap anymore. Buy the Weekly Standdard or National Review or the American Spectator. I haven't bought a magazine from the LSM in years. When they call for renewing my membership I say get lost. I suggest you do the same. Those that already buy this crap are already diehard liberals and as circulation wanes even futher, the more liberal they will get.
I haven't subscribed to these glossy getchas in 20 years.
We need to keep an eye on what drivel and lies they perpetuate, tho.
Picking Iraq as the "center of the board" makes sense. Osama was dug in in Afghanistan, so we had to start the fight there-but pulling the battle line into Iraq gives us a better advantage for these reasons:
1)Saddam was an ongoing & serious threat to us and the region. He defied the UN and there was a real potential he would ally with OSAMA.
2)Iraq had at least the framework of an infrastructure with cities, modern conveniences and the oil fields to support them. Afghanistan, on the other hand, is geographically, one of the most inhospitable battlegrounds in the world.
3) Iraqis are more educated and more tolerant than other ME populaces and they had been brutally repressed for decades under Saddam so they were ready for freedom.
4) We knew we had to keep a huge fighting force in the ME
while we looked for the rats nest that was Al Queda & our air bases had closed Saudi Arabia so using Iraq as a staging place was sound.
I just don't understand why some people say our forces should fight terror only in Afghanistan...that would put us at a big disadvantage.
In in 1998, an Arab intelligence officer, who knows Saddam personally, predicted in Newsweek: "Very soon you will be witnessing large-scale terrorist activity run by the Iraqis." The Arab official said these terror operations would be run under "false flags" --spook-speak for front groups--including bin Laden's organization.
Then there were the predictions by an Iraqi with ties to Iraqi intelligence, Naeem Abd Mulhalhal, in Qusay's own newspaper several weeks before the attacks that stated bin Laden would demolish the Pentagon after he destroys the White House and bin Laden would strike America on the arm that is already hurting. (referencing a second IRAQI sponsored attack on the World Trade Center). Another reference to New York was [bin Laden] will curse the memory of Frank Sinatra everytime he hears his songs. (e.g., New York, New York) which identified New York, New York as a target. Mulhalhal also stated, The wings of a dove and the bullet are all but one and the same in the heart of a believer." which references an airplane attack.
The Arabic language daily newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabic also cited the cooperation between Iraq, bin Laden and Al December 1998 editorial, which predicted that President Saddam Hussein, whose country was subjected to a four day air strike, will look for support in taking revenge on the United States and Britain by cooperating with Saudi oppositionist Osama Bin-Laden, whom the United States considers to be the most wanted person in the world. This info is in the link provided below. How could these people have had foreknowledge without Iraq being involved?
Warning...slow loading .pdf file. This was from a lawsuit filed against Iraq after 9/11...the court ruled against Iraq.
There was also another lawsuit filed by the family of John ONeill (a former FBI agent who captured Ramzi Yousef after the 1993 WTC bombings) after he died in the WTC on 9/11. His personal files from his years of traveling around the world investigating al-Qaeda are were used as evidence in the lawsuit. The evidence includes documents unearthed in the headquarters of the Mukhabarat (Iraq's intelligence service) and information gleaned from the interrogation of both al-Qaeda and Iraqi prisoners. (Link below). It also quotes Vincent Cannistraro, the former CIA counter-terrorism chief, who stated in October 2000 that Iraq had been wanting to carry out terrorist attacks, and that the Iraqi military had been in contact with Osama bin Laden.
We know from these IIS documents that beginning in 1992 the former Iraqi regime regarded bin Laden as an Iraqi Intelligence asset. We know from IIS documents that the former Iraqi regime provided safe haven and financial support to an Iraqi who has admitted to mixing the chemicals for the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. We know from IIS documents that Saddam Hussein agreed to Osama bin Laden's request to broadcast anti-Saudi propaganda on Iraqi state-run television. We know from IIS documents that a "trusted confidante" of bin Laden stayed for more than two weeks at a posh Baghdad hotel as the guest of the Iraqi Intelligence Service.
List of newspaper article in the 90's which mention the world's concern regarding the growing relationship between OBL and Saddam:
Son of Saddam coordinates OBL activities:
The AQ connection (excellent):
Saddam's link to OBL:
NYT: Iraq and AQ agree to cooperate:
Document linking them:
Iraq and terrorism - no doubt about it:
A federal judge rules there are links:
Wall Street Journal on Iraq and AQ:
Iraq and Iran contact OBL:
Saddam's AQ connection:
What a court of law said about the connections:
Some miscellaneous stuff on connections:
Saddam's Ambassador to Al Qaeda: (February 2004, Weekly Standard)
Yes - it's NewsMax but loaded with interesting bullet points.
Saddam's Fingerprints on NY Bombing (Wall Street Journal, June 1993)
Colin Powell: Iraq and AQ Partners for Years (CNN, February 2003)
The Iraq-Al Qaeda Connections (September 2003, Richard Miniter)
Oil for Food Scandal Ties Iraq and Al Qaeda (June 2003)
Saddam and OBL Make a Pact (The New Yorker, February 2003):
Al Qaeda's Poison Gas (Wall Street Journal, April 2004):
Wolfowitz Says Saddam behind 9/11 Attacks:
Saddam behind first WTC attack - PBS, Laurie Mylroie:
Growing Evidence of Saddam and Al Qaeda Link, The Weekly Standard, July 2003:
Qusay Hussein Coordinated Iraq special operations with Bin Laden Terrorist Activities, Yossef Bodansky, National Press Club
The Western Nightmare: Saddam and Bin Laden vs. the Rest of the World, The Guardian Unlimited:
Saddam Link to Bin Laden, Julian Borger, The Guardian, February 1999
The Al Qaeda Connection, The Weekly Standard, July 2003
Cheney lectures Russert on Iraq/911 Link, September 2003:
No Question About It, National Review, September 2003
Iraq: A Federal Judges Point of View
Mohammed's Account links Iraq to 9/11 and OKC:
Free Republic Thread that mentions some books Freepers might be interested in on this topic:
The Proof that Saddam Worked with AQ, The Telegraph, April 2003:
Saddam's AQ Connection, The Weekly Standard, September 2003
September 11 Victims Sue Iraq:
Osama's Best Friend: The Further Connections Between Al Qaeda and Saddam, The Weekly Standard, November 2003
Terrorist Behind 9/11 Attacks Trained by Saddam, The Telegraph, December 2003
James Woolsey Links Iraq and AQ, CNN Interview, March 2004, Also see Posts #34 and #35
A Geocities Interesting Web Site with maps and connections:
Bin Laden indicted in federal court, read down to find information that Bin Laden agreed to not attack Iraq and to work cooperatively with Iraq:
Case Closed, The Weekly Standard, November 03
CBS - Lawsuit: Iraq involved in 9/11:
Exploring Iraq's Involvement in pre-9/11 Acts, The Indianapolis Star:
The Iraq/AQ Connection: Richard Minister again
Militia Defector says Baghdad trained Al Qaeda fighters in chemical weapons, July 2002
The Clinton View of Iraq/AQ Ties, The Weekly Standard, December 2003
Saddam Controlled the Camps (Iraq/AQ Ties): The London Observer, November 01
Saddam's Terror Ties that Critics Ignore, National Review, October 2003:
Tape Shows General Wesley Clark linking Iraq and AQ:
The Missing Link (What the Senate Ingelligence Report Said about Iraq/AQ Connections)
Credit to Peach for the above info.
Credit to joesbucks for the following links:
Dozens of links here:
Just a few of those links include:
The Clinton Justice Department's indictment against OBL in federal court which mentions the terrorist's connections to Iraq. November 4, 1998. The federal indictment:
Iraq and AQ agree to cooperate. The federal indictment against OBL working in concert with Iraq and Iran is mentioned. November 1998. The New York Times
Saddam reaching out to OBL January 1, 1999. Newsweek
ABC news reports on the Osama/Saddam connections January 14, 1999. ABC News
Western Nightmare: Saddam and OBL versus the World. Iraq recruited OBL. February 6, 1999. The Guardian
Saddam's Link to OBL February 6, 1999. The Guardian
Saddam offered asylum to bin Laden February 13, 1999. AP
And kabar submitted these two little gems showing Bin Laden supported Iraq and its struggle against the US and the West.