Skip to comments.Iraq Prime Minister Says There Is Now Proof of Ties Between Saddam’s Regime and Al Queda (2003)
Posted on 05/02/2009 1:01:29 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Maybe now that President Obamas in charge of the war in Iraq, and theres no need to lie, distort, or half quote truths to oppose the war (cant oppose it if its run by a Democrat)
maybe now people will realize:
1) the matter was never closed by any investigation
2) theres hundreds of times more information demonstrating ties than there is dismissing them
BAGHDAD The government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki said Al Qaida worked closely with former operatives in Saddam Hussein regime.
Officials said leading members of the Al Qaida network have coordinated operations with Saddam aides since 2003. They said Al Qaida and Saddam forces attacked Shiites in an effort to spark a civil war in Iraq.
They agreed that Al Qaida would carry out the suicide attacks, while the Baathists [Saddam's ruling party] would do the remote-control bombs, Al Maliki said.
The Al Qaida-Saddam link, asserted by then-U.S. President George Bush in 2002, came in wake of the reported capture of a leading Al Qaida commander in Iraq.
At the very least, its 100% clear (hindsight is 20-20) that yes, Saddams regime and the Al Queda network did have operational ties in 2003, and that means the invasion of Iraq
HAS ALWAYS BEEN PART OF THE WAR ON TERROR.
Again? ;’) It’ll get wide coverage now that Zero is president and needs to build a meme to expand the WoT (whatever it’s being called now) into some new areas, such as Pakistan, Gaza, Lebanon...
“Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called Abu Omar al-Baghdadi “the head of evil” and accused him of trying to incite a sectarian civil war and working with other insurgents who remained loyal to Saddam Hussein.
“This criminal had close relations with the former regime and maintained a sinister alliance with Saddam's followers,” he said in a statement released by his office.”
“In addition, there was ample evidence that WMDs did exist and were moved shortly before the war. But these stories had no legs in the MSM.”
Why then didn’t the Bush administration go all out, to make this information known?
People at the level of Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rumsfeld, Rice could have the microphone when they wanted it.
I suppose the ineptitude of the Bush administration will make a good book.
Ahhh..what say you, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, Pravda, et al?
there was ample evidence that WMDs did exist and were moved shortly before the war. But these stories had no legs in the MSM
That was my understanding as well.
So how does the former POTUS publicly state that there were NO WMDs and that their intelligence was wrong???
About time the Iraqi government started to support the facts.
Even if there were no ties to Al Qaeda there was very sound strategic reason to invade Iraq and overthrow Saddam.
I had never bought in on the obvious stupidity that a man who so tightly controlled his country was not aware of Al Qaeda training camps within his borders. Nor, did I think he was too stupid to see the use he could get out of terrorist groups which could strike his enemies yet leave him innocent appearing.
The left wing nuts need to lie to themselves as much as they do to us to buy into the crap they believe.
Those who were going to believe it were going to believe it no matter what — and they still are. Those who accepted the truth right along didn’t need the expose’. And look what happened to the WMD debate — it got turned into the straw man referendum on the liberation of Iraq. Know when to hold ‘em, and when to fold ‘em. GWB turned the 2006 election defeats into a referendum on the war much moreso than had the Demwits — basically the “lame duck” president called their bluff and pushed The Surge. Support the troops, do ya? Write the checks, and do it now. The Demwits lost.
Whether it had any real impact on the outcome or was just a well-timed PR stunt to which is attributed the fruition of the steady progress that had been made will be debated for years I suspect (it has been debated around here, I’ve been in a few of those) — but the fact is, the Demwits in Congress continued to look like a-holes until Zero got elected and sworn in. They’ve been at the trough ever since, and his main goal is to marginalize anyone who doesn’t owe their job / status to him. He may pull it off (with lots of sideline coaching and help) but he’s already been handed a legacy of failure and stupidity, by the Congress, and in addition to the failures and stupidities that will be uniquely his.
He’ll be reelected in 2012, and it won’t even be close. Doesn’t matter who runs against him.
love your tagline and argument
Perhaps he meant that the intelligence was wrong to indicate that the WMDs would be there to find. But that's splitting hairs
As a communicator, he was a public relations nightmare.
Bump for later reference
These what we have:
Iraqi Documents that I translated and posted on FR which clearly showed that Saddam intelligence service did train foreign terrorists but they did not call them Al Qaeda. One document was about a directive from Saddam on April 4 2003, shortly before the fall of his regime, where he ordered the foreign terrorists (they call them foreign Moujahdeen) to be treated with the same level as Iraqi Special Operations. These are the foreign terrorists who later joined terrorist Zarqawi and Al Qaeda or may have been under Zraqawi and Al Qaeda to begin with.
I translated and posted on FR an Al Qaeda document written by one of Al Qaeda terrorist leaders called "Saif Al Adel" about Zarqawi and his terrorist coming to Iraq in 2002 before the war to fight our US troops. Despite that the document did not say that there were any cooperation between Saddam regime and Al Qaeda the document stated that Zarqawi and his terrorists establish their cells in the Sunni areas in central Iraq. These areas were under the full control of Saddam regime and it would have been impossible that they were not aware of Zarqawi and his terrorists presence there. They just turned a blind eye and let them establish their terrorist cells.
Let me know if yo need some of the documents that I mentioned above and I will give you the FR links to read it.
Not if the economy isn't significantly improved, and there's every indication that his hard leftist command and control policies will tend to hamper recovery rather than help it.
Thanks for the ping!
I was about to post this at my site.
I think I know the answer....