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  • White House Spokesman Throws State, CIA Under Bus (May 10, 2013)

    05/11/2013 8:38:29 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12:20 PM, May 10, 2013 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    At a White House press briefing on May 1, Barack Obama spokesman Jay Carney attempted to frame new reporting on the Benghazi attacks as old news by noting that the attacks had taken place "a long time ago."  Just ten days have passed since he uttered that infelicitous phrase. But it feels like a long time ago.National Journal’s Ron Fournier takes a close look at the Obama administration’s unraveling spin in a piece today headlined: “Scrubbing the Truth from Benghazi.”
  • Hayes-Krauthammer: Mitch Daniels 2012 Man To Watch

    12/24/2010 5:27:38 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 94 replies · 3+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's Christmas Eve, so let's treat ourselves to something conservative political junkies enjoy: handicapping the 2012 Republican field. On the Fox News Special Report this evening, panelists Stephen Hayes and Charles Krauthammer both singled out Mitch Daniels as a man to watch. Hayes identifed the Indiana gov as perhaps the true Tea Party candidate—someone willing to speak the hard truths about the need for entitlement reform. The ever-interesting Krauthammer found Daniels' lack of charisma appealing--as an antidote to our overdose of hope-and-change. View video after the jump.
  • ABC and NBC Resist Vindicating Cheney, But Hayes Finds Proof EIT's 'Effective'

    08/25/2009 6:54:55 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 50 replies · 2,163+ views
    newsbusters.org ^ | August 25, 2009 | Brent Baker
    ABC's Brian Ross and NBC's Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday night each listed some al Qaeda plots uncovered via CIA interrogations, but both balked when it came to vindicating former Vice President Dick Cheney on whether “enhanced interrogation techniques” (EITs) led to information which prevented attacks. “Nowhere in the reports...does the CIA ever draw a direct connection between the valuable information and the specific use of harsh tactics,” Ross declared on World News in citing reports Cheney requested be released. NBC's Andrea Mitchell cited only Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and related how “administration officials say there is no way to know whether...
  • Cheney Statement on CIA Documents/Investigation

    08/25/2009 11:29:51 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 44 replies · 2,393+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | August 24, 2009 10:06 PM | Stephen F. Hayes
    Cheney Statement on CIA Documents/Investigation Former Vice President Dick Cheney gave The Weekly Standard a statement Monday night about the CIA documents and the coming Justice Department investigation. The documents released Monday clearly demonstrate that the individuals subjected to Enhanced Interrogation Techniques provided the bulk of intelligence we gained about al Qaeda. This intelligence saved lives and prevented terrorist attacks. These detainees also, according to the documents, played a role in nearly every capture of al Qaeda members and associates since 2002. The activities of the CIA in carrying out the policies of the Bush Administration were directly responsible for...
  • Cheney Statement on CIA Documents/Investigation

    08/24/2009 7:43:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 151 replies · 8,527+ views
    weeklystandard.com ^ | August 24, 2009 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney released a statement Monday night about the CIA documents and the coming Justice Department investigation. The documents released Monday clearly demonstrate that the individuals subjected to Enhanced Interrogation Techniques provided the bulk of intelligence we gained about al Qaeda. This intelligence saved lives and prevented terrorist attacks. These detainees also, according to the documents, played a role in nearly every capture of al Qaeda members and associates since 2002. The activities of the CIA in carrying out the policies of the Bush Administration were directly responsible for defeating all efforts by al Qaeda to launch...
  • Cheney vs. Obama

    04/24/2009 9:53:57 PM PDT · by pissant · 24 replies · 1,358+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 4/24/09 | Stephen Hayes
    The Obama administration is confused. The president says harsh interrogation techniques "do not make us safer," but his top intelligence adviser says the same techniques produced "high-value information" that gave the U.S. government "a deeper understanding of the al Qaeda organization that was attacking this country." Obama White House officials routinely boast that theirs is "the most transparent administration in history," but then they release Justice Department memos about the interrogations in which the assessments confirming the value of those techniques are blacked out. Attorney General Eric Holder tells a congressional committee that he is unaware of memos about the...
  • McCain Finds the Right Wingman ....And she's a woman

    09/06/2008 7:33:38 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 14 replies · 234+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 09/15/2008 Edition | Stephen F. Hayes
    Last Tuesday, as the hordes of media that had begun to dissect every moment of her political career and personal life were distracted by speeches from Fred Thompson and Joe Lieberman in nearby St. Paul, Sarah Palin sat quietly with her family for an hourlong dinner in the Skywater restaurant of the Minneapolis Hilton. It was a rare respite from the intense scrutiny she was subjected to over the first week of her new life in the national spotlight. Over the previous several days she had been portrayed as a naïf, a rube, and a bad mother. Journalists had peppered...
  • (Fred) Thompson Speech Hits Media on Palin, Obama on Abortion

    09/02/2008 5:06:04 PM PDT · by library user · 53 replies · 347+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 02, 2008 | by Stephen F. Hayes
    Fred Thompson will forcefully defend the selection of Sarah Palin tonight in a speech Republicans are characterizing as "red meat." He will argue that the feeding frenzy over Palin's is the result of "panic" from the Democrat-friendly mainstream media. "What a breath of fresh air Governor Sarah Palin is. She is from a small town, with small town values, but that's not good enough for those folks who are attacking her and her family. Let's be clear, the selection of Governor Palin has the other side and their friends in the media in a state of panic. She is a...
  • The Media Descend to a New Low. The smearing of Sarah Palin gets uglier.

    09/02/2008 3:55:59 PM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 149 replies · 527+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 09/02/2008 6:25:00 PM | Stephen F. Hayes
    Time's Mark Halperin has posted an advance copy of the cover of US Weekly magazine, the tabloid published by Rolling Stone's Jann Wenner. That cover shows a smiling Sarah Palin, holding her youngest son Trig. The screaming headline: "Babies, Lies and Scandal: John McCain's Vice President." Wenner has contributed $5300 to Obama's campaign since 2007. The cover was sent to select news organizations by Mark Neschis, the head of corporate communications for Wenner Media and former director of television in the Clinton White House. An email from Neschis that accompanied the cover read: "Thought I would send over our Us...
  • Hollywood Takes on the Left

    08/02/2008 7:58:54 AM PDT · by BlessedMom92 · 23 replies · 294+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 08/11/2008 | Stephen F. Hayes
    David Zucker, the director who brought us 'Airplane!' and 'The Naked Gun,' turns his sights on anti-Americanism. For anyone who has ever been on a movie set, the commotion inside Warner Brothers Studio 15 will be familiar: serious-faced actors and actresses quietly rehearsing their lines; the director of photography huddled with his assistants around two high-definition screens inside a small black tent reviewing the last scenes; extras lounging around the set trying both to stay out of the way and to get noticed; carpenters busily working to construct the set for the next scene; a frazzled first assistant director guzzling...
  • In the Driver's Seat

    05/24/2008 12:43:14 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 2 replies · 117+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 6/2/08 | Stephen F. Hayes
    I recently asked Rice if she opposed the surge and advocated a pullback of American troops. First of all--look, I have never been in favor of pulling back any--pulling ourselves back from Iraq. Look, I am fundamentally a believer in what we did in Iraq. I believe we did the right thing. I believe we have to win. I believe we are winning. The question that I've had--that I had at the time when we were looking at different options, because what we were doing in Iraq was not working, was if we were going to have more forces, what...
  • Not What They Supposed - The terror connection missed by the Clintonistas

    04/05/2008 8:59:28 AM PDT · by GVnana · 35 replies · 311+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4/14/2008 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Not What They Supposed The terror connection missed by the Clintonistas. by Stephen F. Hayes Four months after the start of the Iraq war, two former senior Clinton administration national security officials took to the pages of the New York Times to demand accountability for the Bush administration's claims about Iraq and terrorism. Or, as they put it in their opening sentence, "Iraq's supposed links to terrorists." Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon wrote that the Bush administration's assertions about Iraqi support for terrorism were "suspect" and demanded scrutiny. One sure way to know the truth about Iraq and terrorism, they...
  • Saddam's Dangerous Friends

    03/24/2008 7:48:02 AM PDT · by DFG · 37 replies · 513+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 03/24/08 | Stephen F. Hayes
    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.
  • Saddam's Dangerous Friends [Iraq links to terrorism]

    03/19/2008 4:12:54 PM PDT · by BamaFan · 14 replies · 1,074+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 18 Mar | Stephen F. Hayes
    Saddam's Dangerous Friends What a Pentagon review of 600,000 Iraqi documents tells us. By Stephen F. Hayes 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...
  • Saddam's Dangerous Friends

    03/15/2008 6:18:02 AM PDT · by ikez78 · 61 replies · 1,289+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3-24-2008 | Stephen Hayes
    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.
  • Looking Presidential With the nomination wrapped up, McCain plots his campaign

    03/09/2008 8:28:10 AM PDT · by OnRiver · 20 replies · 542+ views
    Weekly Standard, ^ | 03/09/2008 | Stephen F. Hayes
    McCain will begin a cross-country tour emphasizing his life story. His advisers believe that while most Americans have a vague sense that McCain served his country in the military and in political life, they don't actually know his story. This trip--the "Service to America" tour--is intended to fill out that narrative.
  • Obama and the Power of Words

    02/26/2008 10:11:22 PM PST · by ThePythonicCow · 109 replies · 1,659+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 26, 2008 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    ... One Reagan adviser had predicted such a win shortly after Reagan had become the de facto nominee the previous spring. In a memo about the coming general election contest with Jimmy Carter, Richard Whalen wrote Reagan's "secret weapon" was that "Democrats fail to take him very seriously." Are Republicans making the same mistake with Barack Obama? ... In just the past week, conservative commentators have accused Mr. Obama of speaking in "Sesame Street platitudes," of giving speeches that are "almost content free," of "saying nothing." He has been likened to Chance the Gardner, the clueless mope in Jerzy Koscinski's...
  • The War Over the War McCain and Romney face off over Iraq.

    01/28/2008 4:40:33 PM PST · by Leisler · 25 replies · 63+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 01/28/2008 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Tampa, Florida FOR TWO DAYS, John McCain and Mitt Romney have traded accusations on what was, until recently, the most important issue in the Republican presidential primary: Iraq. And while Romney attempted Sunday to diffuse the growing dispute, McCain escalated his criticism. Talking to a handful of reporters on his campaign bus, McCain said that Romney had used "code words" to call for withdrawal from Iraq. "At the time [of Romney's remarks] it was whether we were going to stay or go. And that's what it was all about. 'Timetables' was the buzzword and everybody knows it . . ....
  • Hayes: Romney vs. Romney

    01/05/2008 8:12:06 PM PST · by ejdrapes · 22 replies · 151+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | January 5, 2008 | By Stephen F. Hayes
    Hayes: Romney vs. Romney January 5, 2008 * By Stephen F. Hayes Nashua, NH Is there a difference between an "arrogant bunker mentality" in diplomacy and an "our way or the highway" attitude in foreign policy? Mitt Romney thinks so. In late December, two weeks before the Iowa caucuses, Mike Huckabee accused the Bush administration of having an "arrogant bunker mentality" in an article published in Foreign Affairs. He wrote: "American foreign policy needs to change its tone and attitude, open up, and reach out. The Bush administration's arrogant bunker mentality has been counterproductive at home and abroad." Romney demanded...
  • All In (Fred Thompson moves to Iowa)

    12/08/2007 4:06:27 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 84 replies · 888+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/7/07 | Stephen Hayes
    Des Moines, Iowa FORMER TENNESSEE SENATOR Fred Thompson has decided to take his campaign and virtually all of its resources to Iowa in an all-or-nothing attempt to register a strong showing in the caucuses here on January 3. "We're getting ready to make this not only our second home, but our first home," he told a small gathering of supporters at the Polk County Convention Center on Friday night. Thompson and his wife Jeri chatted with the crowd before making their way through the exhibits at the Iowa Farm Bureau's annual meeting in downtown Des Moines. Beginning Monday, December 17,...
  • All In

    12/07/2007 9:20:15 PM PST · by jellybean · 84 replies · 108+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 7, 2007 | Stephan F. Hayes
    All In Fred Thompson moves to Iowa. by Stephen F. Hayes 12/07/2007 10:14:00 PM Des Moines, Iowa FORMER TENNESSEE SENATOR Fred Thompson has decided to take his campaign and virtually all of its resources to Iowa in an all-or-nothing attempt to register a strong showing in the caucuses here on January 3. "We're getting ready to make this not only our second home, but our first home," he told a small gathering of supporters at the Polk County Convention Center on Friday night. Thompson and his wife Jeri chatted with the crowd before making their way through the exhibits...
  • The Thompson Bounce

    09/25/2007 6:05:41 PM PDT · by BKerr · 36 replies · 104+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Tue Sep 25, 5:02 PM ET | Stephen F. Hayes
    Washington (The Weekly Standard) Vol. 013, Issue 03 - 10/1/2007 - David Holden is a savvy guy. He doesn't consider himself a political junkie, but he has been closely following the presidential campaign as it unfolds around him. Holden runs Hair Biz, a salon at 4 N. Main Street in Concord, New Hampshire. Hillary Clinton's campaign office is two blocks up, and his location, as luck would have it, puts him just a few doors down from John Edwards's headquarters. Hair salon . . . John Edwards . . . Did I mention that Holden is a savvy guy? In...
  • The Long Hello (Fred alert!)

    09/01/2007 12:17:18 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 13 replies · 475+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 09/10/2007, Volume 012, Issue 48 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Thompson wants to position himself as the only viable conservative alternative to Rudy Giuliani. In conversations with several Thompson strategists over the past week, one phrase was repeated nearly a dozen times: consistent conservative. It is a not-so-subtle reminder, they say, that Giuliani is not a conservative and that, while Mitt Romney may sound like a conservative now, he has not been consistent. Thompson's announcement will come on the eve of Congress's debate over the direction of the Iraq war. General David Petraeus will present a progress report on the surge to Congress, starting with testimony on September 10. Thompson...
  • Has anyone read Hayes' book Cheney?

    08/31/2007 7:33:16 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 3 replies · 161+ views
    08.31.07 | Perdogg
    Has anyone read it?? I have some gift certicates from Amazon and I was wondering if the book was worth reading.
  • The Cheney Imperative

    08/14/2007 9:10:34 PM PDT · by gpapa · 25 replies · 1,121+ views
    OpinionJournal.com ^ | August 15, 2007 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    Dick Cheney sat transfixed by the images on the small television screen in the corner of his West Wing office. Smoke poured out of a gaping hole in the World Trade Center's North Tower. John McConnell, the vice president's chief speechwriter, sat next to him and said nothing. Then, a second plane appeared on the right-hand side of the screen, banked slightly to the left, and plunged into the South Tower. "Did you see that?" Mr. Cheney asked his aide. A little more than an hour later, Mr. Cheney was seated below the presidential seal at a long conference table...
  • FR Book Club? Let's Read "Cheney" by Stephen Hayes

    07/30/2007 2:44:44 PM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 8 replies · 365+ views
    Cinnamon Girl
    Today I've heard author Stephen Hayes on a few radio shows discussing his new book on Vice President Cheney called "Cheney." I'm looking forward to reading it and I was thinking, since there are so many Cheney fans on FR, maybe we could have a "book club" type discussion thread about it after we all read it.
  • How Will MSM Take on Thompson?

    06/03/2007 7:01:04 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 63 replies · 1,470+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    At least for the time being, the MSM seems stymied in finding an angle with which to take on the prospective candidacy of Fred Thompson. The MSM found it easy to tag each of the other frontrunners with a negative narrative: Romney the flip-flopping Mormon, Giuliani the social liberal with a dodgy personal past, McCain the aged, out of touch with the base on immigration and taxes. But Thompson? The dilemma was apparent on this morning's "Today." After an anodyne set-up piece by Kelly O'Donnell, it was time for analysis in a segment hosted by Campbell Brown. You would normally...
  • How Bad Is the Senate Intelligence Report? Very bad. (Stephen Hayes)

    09/16/2006 5:54:46 AM PDT · by ikez78 · 39 replies · 1,725+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9-25-06 | Stephen Hayes
    According to a report released September 8 by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Saddam Hussein "was resistant to cooperating with al Qaeda or any other Islamist groups." It's an odd claim. Saddam Hussein's regime has a long and well-documented history of cooperating with Islamists, including al Qaeda and its affiliates. As early as 1982, the Iraqi regime was openly supporting, training, and funding the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist organization opposed to the secular regime of Hafez Assad. For years, Saddam Hussein cultivated warm relations with Hassan al-Turabi, the Islamist who was the de facto leader of the Sudanese...
  • The CIA 1--Bush 0

    05/13/2006 5:36:26 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 55 replies · 1,871+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 05/22/06 | Stephen F. Hayes
    The age of reform ends after 18 months. PORTER GOSS'S TENURE as director of central intelligence began with a public spat between the new reform-minded CIA leadership and an intransigent bureaucracy. Now, 18 months later, it is ending in a cloud of confusion. Goss is gone and so are his agents of change. Two of the CIA officials at the heart of that opening battle--Mary Margaret Graham and Stephen Kappes--have been promoted. And the old guard is happy."The move was seen as a direct repudiation of Goss's leadership and as an olive branch to CIA veterans disaffected by his 18-month...
  • Connections - Papers reveal Iraq-al Qaeda ties — again.

    04/10/2006 2:01:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 49 replies · 1,778+ views
    NRO ^ | April 10, 2006 | Deroy Murdock
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version April 10, 2006, 7:27 a.m. Connections Papers reveal Iraq-al Qaeda ties — again. With conservative congressional majorities at risk in next November's midterm election, President Bush repeatedly should remind everyone that a key reason Coalition troops invaded Iraq was to padlock Saddam Hussein's Wal-Mart for terrorists. Pressured by congressmen and journalists, the administration finally has started releasing intelligence documents captured in Baghdad. These papers confirm what The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes, Wall Street Journal editorialists, and I have demonstrated for years: Saddam Hussein indeed was entwined with terrorists in general...
  • Something New . . . Condoleezza Rice sees significance in the Saddam documents.

    03/27/2006 3:43:46 PM PST · by april15Bendovr · 2 replies · 535+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 03/27/2006 12:00:00 AM | by Stephen F. Hayes
    Something New . . . Condoleezza Rice sees significance in the Saddam documents. by Stephen F. Hayes 03/27/2006 12:00:00 AM SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE on Sunday contradicted claims from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that documents captured in postwar Iraq and now being posted on the Internet will not contain anything new or significant. "We're going to find some important and surprising things in these documents," Rice said in an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press. Rice also addressed revelations, important but not surprising, that former Russian ambassador to Iraq, Vladimir Teterenko, passed the U.S. war...
  • Camp Saddam

    03/25/2006 12:30:02 PM PST · by eyespysomething · 51 replies · 1,467+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 3, 2006 | Stephen F. Hayes
    REPRESENTATIVE John Murtha, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, appeared on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, March 19, to evaluate the war in Iraq on its third anniversary. Murtha, a decorated veteran and longtime hawk, has become a leading spokesman for his party on the war. And on the show, he spoke of what "probably worries me the most" about the U.S. effort in Iraq. The war, said Murtha, is a diversion from the global war on terror. "There was no terrorism in Iraq before we went there," said Murtha. "None. There was no connection with al Qaeda, there was no...
  • Saddam's Philippines Terror Connection

    03/19/2006 5:59:41 AM PST · by AliVeritas · 18 replies · 913+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3-19-2006 | Stephen F. Hayes
    SADDAM HUSSEIN'S REGIME PROVIDED FINANCIAL support to Abu Sayyaf, the al Qaeda-linked jihadist group founded by Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law in the Philippines in the late 1990s, according to documents captured in postwar Iraq. An eight-page fax dated June 6, 2001, and sent from the Iraqi ambassador in Manila to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad, provides an update on Abu Sayyaf kidnappings and indicates that the Iraqi regime was providing the group with money to purchase weapons. The Iraqi regime suspended its support--temporarily, it seems--after high-profile kidnappings, including of Americans, focused international attention on the terrorist group. The...
  • Stephen F. Hayes: Finally (The Bush Administration Releases the Saddam Documents)

    03/14/2006 4:45:56 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 793+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 20, 2006 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Though crucial details have yet to be resolved, the Bush administration has decided to release the documentsThe Bush administration has decided to release most of the documents captured in post-war Afghanistan and Iraq. The details of the document release are still being worked out, according to officials with knowledge of the discussions. Those details are critical. At issue are things like the timeframe for releasing the documents, the mechanism for scrubbing documents for sensitive information, and most important, the criteria for withholding documents from the public. But some of the captured files should be available to the public and journalists...
  • Could Scores of Sealed Documents Reveal Saddam Hussein's Terror Ties?

    03/13/2006 6:50:21 PM PST · by pissant · 12 replies · 901+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 3/13/06 | Paul Gigot/Stephen Hayes
    PAUL GIGOT, HOST: Nearly three years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, some two million documents and tape recordings seized during Operation Iraqi Freedom remain largely un-translated, unanalyzed, and unavailable to the American public. These items appear to contain information relevant to the ongoing debate over the former dictator's terror ties, including some that describe in detail how Saddam trained thousands of Islamic radicals in the waning years of his regime. Stephen Hayes broke this story for "The Weekly Standard." He joins me now from Washington. Welcome, Steve. STEPHEN HAYES, THE WEEKLY STANDARD: Hi, Paul. GIGOT: Why should we care...
  • Bush wants to release the Saddam files but his intelligence chief stalls

    03/11/2006 9:22:21 AM PST · by kimosabe31 · 193 replies · 3,638+ views
    THE WEEKLY STANDARD ^ | 03/20/2006 | Stephen F. Hayes
    On February 16, President George W. Bush assembled a small group of congressional Republicans for a briefing on Iraq. Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley were there, and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad participated via teleconference from Baghdad. As the meeting was beginning, Mike Pence spoke up. The Indiana Republican, a leader of conservatives in the House, was seated next to Bush."Yesterday, Mr. President, the war had its best night on the network news since the war ended," Pence said."Is this the tapes thing?" Bush asked, referring to two ABC News reports that included excerpts...
  • Iraq Official: Saddam Moved WMD to Syria

    01/26/2006 11:56:46 AM PST · by French_for_Bush · 138 replies · 9,408+ views
    <p>The former number two official in Saddam Hussein's Iraqi air force claims the former Iraqi dictator moved weapons of mass destruction from Iraq to Syria in the months preceding the current Iraq war.</p>
  • Saddam's Documents

    01/12/2006 10:03:10 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 16 replies · 1,090+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 13, 2006
    It is almost an article of religious faith among opponents of the Iraq War that Iraq became a terrorist destination only after the U.S. toppled Saddam Hussein. But what if that's false, and documents from Saddam's own regime show that his government trained thousands of Islamic terrorists at camps inside Iraq before the war? ... Mr. Hayes also scores the Administration for failing to do more to translate and analyze the trove of documents it's collected from the Saddam era. Mr. Hayes reports that, from 1999 through 2002, "elite Iraqi military units" trained roughly 8,000 terrorists at three different camps—in...
  • The Butcher with the Terror Ties - The evidence mounts. (Newsweek reports on Atta in Prague, 2001)

    01/13/2006 9:11:24 AM PST · by neverdem · 83 replies · 7,860+ views
    NRO ^ | January 13, 2006 | Deroy Murdock
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version January 13, 2006, 8:11 a.m. The Butcher with the Terror Ties The evidence mounts. Drip, drip, drip. Drop by drop, isolated news stories and emerging documents are eroding the popular myth that Saddam Hussein had no connections to Islamofascist terrorists. These revelations undermine war critics’ efforts to whitewash Baghdad’s ancien regime — such as when Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid declared: “There was [sic] no terrorists in Iraq.” Likewise, Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.) describes a “nonexistent relationship between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein.” Reid, Levin, and others who dismiss...
  • Leftist Propaganda and Lies About Saddam and Halliburton

    01/11/2006 6:52:20 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 280+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 1/11/06 | Purple Mountains
    “Iraq was not a breeding ground for terrorism. Our invasion has made it one.” --Sen. Ted Kennedy "Iraq was not a terrorist haven before the invasion." --Sen. John Kerry Ever since the start of “Operation Iraqi Freedom”, opponents of President Bush in general and of the invasion of Iraq in particular have bombarded us with these messages: We created the terrorists by going to Afghanistan and Iraq to fight them. There was no connection between Saddam Hussein and Muslim terrorism. The war was started to give fat contracts to Halliburton, Cheney’s former company. To say that we created the terrorists...
  • A Story I Never Saw [3 Algerians In Italy Arrested For Planning Terror Worse Than 9/11 On USA]

    01/08/2006 6:46:38 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 15 replies · 1,016+ views
    Powerline ^ | Jan. 8, 2006 | John Hinderaker
    This is from RedState: If you're a regular reader of Turkish Press or Geo in Pakistan, you already know that on December 23, Three Algerians arrested in an anti-terrorist operation in southern Italy are suspected of being linked to a planned new series of attacks in the United States, Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu said Friday. The attacks would have targeted ships, stadiums or railway stations in a bid to outdo the September 11, 2001 strikes by Al-Qaeda in New York and Washington which killed some 2,700 people, Pisanu said. But if you have been relying on the U.S. media to...
  • Saddam's Terror Training Camps

    01/06/2006 8:28:00 PM PST · by texasmountainman · 34 replies · 1,104+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 01/16/06 | Stephen Hayes
    The former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists at Ramadi, Samarra and Salman-Pak over the four years immediately preceeding the U.S. invasion.
  • Stephen Hayes: Travels with Cheney (Vice President visits the front lines of the war on terror)

    12/26/2005 7:42:38 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 34 replies · 1,608+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 2, 2006 | Stephen F. Hayes
    BaghdadOn a cool December morning, Vice President Dick Cheney and U.S. ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad waited for their distinguished guests on the sidewalk outside of the ambassador's residence in the heart of the fortified Green Zone in downtown Baghdad. Moments passed, but no one came. As Khalilzad chattered in Cheney's ear, the vice president stood looking at the cloudless blue sky with his hands clasped behind his back, sporadically shuffling his right foot back and forth. They waited some more. An eager press corps-with cameras and microphones, pens and pads at the ready--waited to capture the handshake between Cheney...
  • Smoking in the Background - The Bush administration sits on some telling documents (Saddam's Iraq).

    12/22/2005 10:01:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 117 replies · 4,232+ views
    NRO ^ | December 21, 2005 | Deroy Murdock
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version December 21, 2005, 4:25 p.m. Smoking in the Background The Bush administration sits on some telling documents. President Bush’s recent speeches and media appearances defending the Iraq war are welcome and much-needed. They also seem to be paying dividends. Support for his handling of Iraq stood at 46 percent, up 10 points since November, in a December 15–18 ABC News/Washington Post poll. Nevertheless, Team Bush still fails to deploy readily available ammunition to combat those who demand America’s retreat from Iraq. On two key fronts — Saddam Hussein’s weapons of...
  • Down the Memory Hole

    12/10/2005 10:41:02 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 12 replies · 813+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/19/2005 | Stephen F. Hayes
    FOR THE SECOND TIME IN recent weeks the Department of Defense has denied a request from The Weekly Standard to release unclassified documents recovered in postwar Iraq. These documents apparently reveal, in some detail, activities of Saddam Hussein's regime in the years before the war. This second denial could also be the final one: According to two Pentagon sources, the program designed to review, translate, and analyze data from the old Iraqi regime may be shuttered at the end of December, not just placing the documents beyond the reach of journalists, but also making them inaccessible to policymakers. As a...
  • Blaming Bush (Fox News Video with Stephen Hayes)

    Stephen Hayes was just on with Jon Scott talking about new evidence linking pre war iraq with Al Qaeda and WMDs. That video is not available yet but here is Stephen talking about Democrats blaming President Bush.
  • Stephen Hayes: The Truth Is Out There... (But too much of it is still classified)

    11/19/2005 7:18:39 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 9 replies · 1,451+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 27, 2005 | Stephen F. Hayes
    FINALLY. For much of the past week, the White House has been engaged in an aggressive effort to defend the case for war in Iraq. Thus far, it has mainly pointed out the obvious: In the months and years before the invasion, many of those who now accuse the White House of misleading the country to war themselves were making precisely the same claims about the threat from Iraq as the Bush administration.President George W. Bush accused his critics of "rewriting history." Vice President Dick Cheney called the attacks a low point of his three decades in public life. Defense...
  • The Intelligence War (What the NY Times left out of its latest assault on the Bush administration)

    11/07/2005 5:21:22 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 1,153+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 7, 2005 | Stephen F. Hayes
    LAST TUESDAY, Senate Democrats fired the opening shot in the coming battle over prewar intelligence on Iraq when Minority Leader Harry Reid took the Senate into a closed session. The offensive began in earnest this weekend with a New York Times article:  A high Qaeda official in American custody was identified as a likely fabricator months before the Bush administration began to use his statements as the foundation for its claims that Iraq trained Al Qaeda members to use biological and chemical weapons, according to newly declassified portions of a Defense Intelligence Agency document. The document, an intelligence report from...
  • A Spooked White House

    10/29/2005 6:41:07 AM PDT · by frankjr · 21 replies · 773+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10/29/05 | Stephen Hayes
    ... Even before that lengthy investigation reached its conclusion, critics of the Bush administration had begun to articulate the new conventional wisdom on its outcome: The Bush administration lied about Iraq before the invasion and has been lying ever since. ... And in one very important sense, the critics are right to assert a connection between the case for war in Iraq and the Fitzgerald inquiry. It is this: For the better part of two years, as the case grew from a routine Justice Department inquiry to an independent investigation conducted by a no-nonsense special prosecutor, the Bush administration gradually...
  • One Good Leak Deserves Another

    10/22/2005 11:17:28 AM PDT · by Enchante · 23 replies · 1,497+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10/31/05 | Stephen F. Hayes
    But there was another big leak that no one seems to care about: the leak of the CIA's referral to the Justice Department concerning the Plame matter. That second disclosure, perhaps even more than the initial leak, set off the chain of events that resulted in the naming of a special prosecutor and finds us now anticipating indictments of senior White House officials. Some additional relevant details: The CIA referral to the Justice Department was classified, an intelligence source tells The Weekly Standard. Anyone who disclosed the existence of the referral and described its contents broke the law. The agency,...