The Osama–Saddam Connection Proved
of the Bush administration’s justification for going to war against
connection has been roundly denounced by Bush’s political opponents as nothing
more than lies and half-truths designed to pave the way to a war that somehow
benefited the rich and corporate
Since the coalition forces have not yet found a nuclear weapons cache or an actual storage site for biological weapons, the existence of this connection has become an increasingly important issue. Bush administration opponents appear unwilling to accept the evidence of mobile manufacturing laboratories as proof of the existence of biological weapons, and they have pointed with derision at administration claims of a dangerous connection between Osama and Saddam.
recent story in The Weekly
have not yet seen the actual memo, but have listened to an in-depth interview
with Hayes by Shawn Hannity of Fox News and the Hannity Radio Talk Show, and
have seen a detailed summary compiled by Frank J. Gaffney Jr., who is president
for the non-profit Center for Security Policy, a
As reported by Gaffney in The Washington Times and in several Web publications, Hayes detailed fifty items that clearly establish a long-time collaboration between Osama and Saddam. According to Hayes, these fifty items are only the tip of an iceberg that will be revealed more clearly as the Pentagon continues to examine the large cache of documents obtained from the Saddam regime following its downfall last April. According to Gaffney, some of these collaborations are:
* Top Iraqi intelligence officials and other trusted representatives of Saddam Hussein met repeatedly with bin Laden and his subordinates.
A Malaysia-based Iraqi national, Ahmed Hikmat Shakir, secured a job at the
Senior al Qaeda operative Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi traveled to
Mohamed Atta, the alleged mastermind of the September 11 hijackings, met at
least four times in
Interestingly, the rest of the national news media has been strangely silent about this memo and Hayes article, even though there as yet has been no serious challenge to the memo’s authenticity. Several Senate Intelligence Committee members from both sides of the aisle have complete access to the memo, and are privy to all the information Hayes used to write his article. Since the memo is classified, the committee members can’t disseminate its contents to the public, but they can take a public stance supporting the essential truth of the information reported by Hayes. They can reassure the general public that this information is accurate, and that President Bush has been on top of the situation from the beginning.
And this, of course, points to why the national media has been so strangely quiet. Since nearly all of the nation’s news reporting outlets are demonstrably left of center, and since most journalists clearly support the Democrats, any heavy reporting of this information would damage most leading Democrats’ credibility, causing President Bush to ride even higher in the polls than he already is.