Skip to comments.Saddam's Dangerous Friends
Posted on 03/15/2008 6:18:02 AM PDT by ikez78
This ought to be big news. Throughout the early and mid-1990s, Saddam Hussein actively supported an influential terrorist group headed by the man who is now al Qaeda's second-in-command, according to an exhaustive study issued last week by the Pentagon. "Saddam supported groups that either associated directly with al Qaeda (such as the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, led at one time by bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri) or that generally shared al Qaeda's stated goals and objectives." According to the Pentagon study, Egyptian Islamic Jihad was one of many jihadist groups that Iraq's former dictator funded, trained, equipped, and armed.
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Thanks for posting Mark. Thanks for all of YOUR work!
no problem. gonna start a post of my own on this today. printed out the report and got my highliter ready
Y’all are probably already in one of the other ping lists above, but just in case you aren’t, ping. (I’m too lazy to check!)
Bumped (the ping list.) 8<)
PS. Thanks for letting us know.
What media coverage?
Read the Weekly Standard article then decided to see what Google had......the Bush bashers are hard at work! Thanks for posting this.
Thank you for the ping! The denial that some say, most on the left, that Saddam had no ties to terrorism/Al Qaeda is disgusting. We know he did. Thank you for your post and the fine hard work of Stephen Hayes.
Saddam’s Dangerous Friends; the Democrat Party.
From the article.
“What’s happening here is obvious. Military historians and terrorism analysts are engaged in a good faith effort to review the captured documents from the Iraqi regime and provide a dispassionate, fact-based examination of Saddam Hussein’s long support of jihadist terrorism. Most reporters don’t care. They are trapped in a world where the Bush administration lied to the country about an Iraq-al Qaeda connection, and no amount of evidence to the contrary—not even the words of the fallen Iraqi regime itself—can convince them to reexamine their mistaken assumptions.”
Very informative but the misdirection by mainstream media has already been planted in the average Jane or John Doe reader. While the WH continuously supports its actions, the word is not getting through. And the average American is tired of hearing about the war on terrorism. They want lower gas prices, a chance to buy or keep their home, a job, etc. The American economy is the pits is what the average American is hearing and they’re angry.
Saddam was clearly not the peripheral figure in the Jihadist war that the media has painted. Saddam's Iraq is looking more and more like the queen alien from Aliens in the heart of the hive pumping out one monster after another.
This should be required reading for every denier from the Left to the Ron Paul Buchanan Right.
I remember the controversy regarding the leaks about this report and the fact that the Pentagon was dragging their feet on the release, but then it died out. All we got were bits and and pieces of the report and it was difficult to piece together the full picture.
John McCain should be asked about this report. I’ll bet that his reaction will not be as meek as President Bush’s.
The early leaks that prompted Norry's delight stated that there was no "direct operational link" between Iraq and al Qaeda. Saddam and OBL did not literally sleep together. That's all it took. Millions of mostly apolitical folks heard the elation in Norry's voice.
To his credit, though with some degree of reticence, Mr. Norry on another night rushed through a news item stating simply that two Harvard University economists found that insurgent groups are responsive to "antiresolve" statements in the media. (That means of course that the enemy gets encouragement from the likes of Mr. Norry, right Mr. Norry?)
So what was the source of the latest BDS sufferers' delight?
All it took was a leak to a gullible reporter, one misleading line in the study's executive summary, a boneheaded Pentagon press office, an incompetent White House, and widespread journalistic negligence.
On Monday, March 10, 2008, Warren P. Strobel, a reporter from the McClatchy News Service first reported that the new Pentagon study was coming. "An exhaustive review of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents that were captured after the 2003 U.S. invasion has found no evidence that Saddam Hussein's regime had any operational links with Osama bin Laden's al Qaida terrorist network." McClatchy is a newspaper chain that serves many of America's largest cities.
May the future bring interesting times for McClatchy newspapers.. oh wait! it already has. Layoffs a comin' by the droves.
Wonderful post devolve, I’ve always loved your NYC flashing graphic!
I really appreciate the ping! Until someone shows me an aerial view of a Salman Pak in Egypt or Afghanistan I will remain convinced Saddam trained perhaps tens of thousands of Jihad Johnnies to wage terrorist war, some of whom flew planes into two buildings in New York and one in Washington, DC. I am also convinced that the dnc and leftist media would not believe it even if the names of all 20 highjackers showed up on cafeteria rolls and paymaster stubs found in Salman Pak. The democrap party and their sycophancy in media ARE the internal enemy of the Republic. Witness how they fawn over a radical racist who speaks out of both sides of his racist mouth. Watch as the dnc goon squad spreads out this weekend to fabricate excuses for why the racial hatred and anti-american preaching of Obamas pastor of 20 years should be ignored in order to prevent transference of rational connection to Barry HUSSEIN Obama.
Thanks for the ping!
This story, and the pre-release leaker’s attempt at a pre-emptive cover up, are both HUGE stories. We MUST hammer this because the MSM has been caught red-handed and they desperately want to “move on.”
And we know we will get no help from the Bush administration or the Pentagon.
Many thanks for the ping!
Salmon Pak had a 707 used for hijack practice, I recall. Salmon Pak was well known to the media and public but it seems that most do not care.
It was obvious that Iraq was crawling with terrorists during the invasion. The Fadiyan were the only real fighters. I am not sure if SH had operational control or not. SH was an opportunist using terrorists when useful. SH hated the US and could not be trusted.
Some president would have needed to deal with SH. The sooner the better as SH was anxious to begin selling more oil and rebuild the military. SH was anxious to spend money on weapons of mass destruction. Bush learned the lesson that the Germans taught to the French and British in the 1930s. Crush your enemy while it is possible. Your enemy will not stop trying to find and exploit your weakness.
The thirst for power has turned into the left into the enemy. If Al Gore was president, the rats would sing a very different tune. Their tune was very different during Clinton’s disasterous military usage.
The left, if they acknowledge any pre-Operation Enduring Freedom AQ in Iraq at all, will say that most of the AQ were in the north which was not securely under SH’s control. What they don’t say (or perhaps realize) is that AQ in the north was fighting Kurds on behalf of SH.
Now BHO and his ilk say that our “invasion” is responsible for the presence of AQ in Iraq as if that was a bad thing! We attracted AQ and other terrorists to Iraq to die and leave their cell phones and laptops for our intel to examine. Rummy will be seen by future historians to have been a military genius, imho.
Really appreciate that link to the Pentagon report. Thanks
The screaming liberal monkeys will keep denying the truth.
You read the report and the facts are there.
But I’m a little troubled with Abul Rahman Yasin. Cheney said Saddam’s Regime was involved with the WTC93 Bombing because Yasin fled to Iraq. ABC reporter said he was freely living in Iraq with his father but later he was arrested by the Regime.
According to the new report; Saddam did not trust Yasin for some reason. Saddam believed the bombing was done by the Americans or the Zionist to place the blame on Saddam. He never handed over Yasin to the Americans because that would make him look bad in the Arab World for being a wuss.
But Saddam had another reason to keep Yasin under “Lock and Key”. Saddam used Yasin as barter bait. He wanted the US to Lift the Sanctions in exchange of Yasin. US refused to lift the Sanctions. So is Cheney correct implicating Saddam to WTC93 bombing? Saddam did have a history dealing with terrorist organizations.
People can be arrested and put into prison....some are placed in house arrest which is not doing really hard time at all and could freely roam the neighborhood as long you let the authorties know.
Yasin is still a wanted man by the FBI. And he not in Iraq when we toppled Saddam in 2003.
Where is Abdul Rahman Yasin?
In slightly related news, Chemical Ali is supposed do the Big Swing here soon...
Eli Lake of the NY Sun, who actually believes in Saddam’s terrorist and al Qaeda links, wrote that Yasin was actually a prisoner of the regime according to the report. I have not read that far yet but if Lake wrote it it’s a good guess that part may be true.
Very much appreciate that link. Now I’ve got it on my documents list and will read through it. Wouldn’t you love to read the ‘un-redacted’ version?
In the new report it mentions Saddam’s Martyrs/Saboteurs using only Duracell batteries when denotating their bombs.
Should Duracell market that fact in their commericals?
Who makes Duracell batteries?... Aren’t Eveready made by the French?
Thanks for the pdf link.
>>While the WH continuously supports its actions, the word is not getting through.
While the enemedia has been a huge adversary, I’ve got to hang that on Bush’s head. He has not well-used the bully pulpit.
HQ is in USA...Bethel, CT
yeap no problem.. I have been reading it very interesting how they say. “no smoking gun” and then go on to show indirect links.
Yes...they suck...BIG time.
Thank you for the ping, ikez.
It gives me the shivers, though...
no problem. this story is HUGE
Thank you so much for your reporting.
You are a great asset to this forum.
God love you....
Yasin was not in prison. It was another ruse by the Regime.
Our troops found documents in postwar Iraq that Yasin received a salary and housing right up to OIF.
Saddam offered to hand over Yasin to US authorities if they signed a document. Yasin was offered twice...1994 and before OIF. US refused to signed any documents because they included certain conditions and demands.
Be interesting what the conditions were?
This is very interesting if true. Where have you heard this?
Thank you devolve
Thanks, I think you missed it yesterday. You taught me well!