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Sunday, March 26, 2006

The new 'Saddam-bin Laden collaboration' memo

Seems the guys at RedState have been at the KoolAid again. According to the New York Sun,
[former Senator Bob Kerrey] says a recently declassified Iraqi account of a 1995 meeting between Osama bin Laden and a senior Iraqi envoy presents a "significant set of facts," and shows a more detailed collaboration between Iraq and Al Qaeda.
RedState's getting all self-congratulatory about this: "the prowar folks were already aware of this and the antiwar folks...there's not a chance on Earth that the antiwar movement's going to admit that it got things as horribly wrong as they did."

The lefty blogsphere fully expected that the declassifications of Iraqi documents would be handled in the usual political manner - if it made the Bush Administration look better, it would be declassified, and if it didn't, it wouldn't. But still, if there was real evidence of Saddam-Osama collaboration, I'd have to say I was wrong about a great deal of stuff.

So what collaboration did this document provide evidence of? Gee, the RedState commenter forgot to tell you that - can't imagine why. Here's what the NY Sun article said:
when Saddam was informed of the meeting on March 4, 1995 he agreed to broadcast sermons of a radical imam, Suleiman al Ouda, requested by Mr. bin Laden.
Well then, we had to attack Saddam. No question. I've been wrong about everything.

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