Saddam Hussein and Bin Laden

Jon Kofas rejected the claims by President Bush that there were links between Saddam Hussein and bin Laden. Randy Black comments:"Jon. Kofas may have inadvertaetly misread the report, which I will post below. Factually, the commission found “no credible evidence” of a link between Iraq and al-Qaida in attacks against the United States. This is far different than Mr. Kofas' contention that there was no link between Hussein and bin Laden, which of course is not the case. A committee of the commission made the statement that Hussein was not connected to the 9/11 attacks. Nothing more.

We know with certainty that Iraq and bin Laden's representatives met on numerous occasions over the years. The commission report, in fact, says: The panel said that bin Laden made overtures to Saddam Hussein for assistance, as he did with leaders in Sudan, Iran, Afghanistan and elsewhere as he sought to build an Islamic army. The report said that bin Laden explored possible cooperation with Saddam at the urging of allies in Sudan eager to protect their own ties to Iraq, even though the al-Qaida leader had previously provided support for “anti-Saddam Islamists in Iraqi Kurdistan.”

Bin Laden ceased that support in the early 1990s, opening the way for a meeting between the al-Qaida leader and a senior Iraqi intelligence officer in 1994 in Sudan, the report said. At the meeting, bin Laden is said to have requested space to establish training camps in Iraq as well as Iraqi assistance in procuring weapons, but Iraq apparently never responded, the staff report said.

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Randy Black referred to links between Saddam Hussein and al Qaida, thus expressing approval of President Bush. Hank Greely replies_ ""Links" is a tricky word, as is "connections." Randy Black points out that al Qaida and the Iraqi government made contact with each other from time to time over the years, but it seems to me that his statements further hurt the case for the Iraq war. In spite of several discussions over the space of a decade, al Qaida and Iraq did not reach any agreements or cooperate in any way.

Through the talks over nuclear proliferation, as well as the talks over the more than 50 year old armistice in Korea, the Bush Administration "has links" with Kim Jong Il. That scarcely means that they are allies. It seems to me that in every meaningful way, Jon Kofas is right on this".


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