Saturday, June 26, 2004

Gore Flips Out On Bush Again About Iraq, But Who First Said Hussein and Al Qaeda Were Together? Clinton ...

Maybe that's why he keeps getting confused when he insists Bush said that there was a link between 9/11 terrorists and Iraq. Sure, a President said it ... but the wrong President. Perhaps Gore should have spent less time looking up what a 'terrorist' is and inventing the internet.

William S. Cohen, Mr. Clinton's defense secretary, cited an al Qaeda-Baghdad link to justify the bombing of a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan. Yes, that was our big response to terrorism under Gore's watch: Bombing an aspirin factory.

The other pronouncement is contained in a Justice Department indictment on Nov. 4, 1998, charging bin Laden with murder in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

The indictment disclosed a close relationship between al Qaeda and Saddam's regime, which included specialists on chemical weapons and all types of bombs, including truck bombs, a favorite weapon of terrorists. The 1998 indictment said: "Al Qaeda also forged alliances with the National Islamic Front in the Sudan and with the government of Iran and its associated terrorist group Hezbollah for the purpose of working together against their perceived common enemies in the West, particularly the United States. In addition, al Qaeda reached an understanding with the government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the government of Iraq."

To justify the Sudanese plant as a target, Clinton aides said it was involved in the production of deadly VX nerve gas. Officials further determined that bin Laden owned a stake in the operation and that its manager had traveled to Baghdad to learn bomb-making techniques from Saddam's weapons scientists.
Mr. Cohen elaborated in March in testimony before the September 11 commission.
He testified that "bin Laden had been living [at the plant], that he had, in fact, money that he had put into this military industrial corporation, that the owner of the plant had traveled to Baghdad to meet with the father of the VX program."
He said that if the plant had been allowed to produce VX that was used to kill thousands of Americans, people would have asked him, " 'You had a manager that went to Baghdad; you had Osama bin Laden, who had funded, at least the corporation, and you had traces of [VX precursor] and you did what? And you did nothing?' Is that a responsible activity on the part of the secretary of defense?"

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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Oddly, No One Is Showing The Real Torture Videos

The NY Times, for example, has gone out of its way to bring up Abu Gharaib in virtually every news piece it can, but when the American Enterprise Institute showed video of Saddam Hussein's torture machine, no one came. Not an infidel girl pointing at a Muslim man's wee-wee either ... real torture. The kind of thing Saddam was famous for and a perfectly fine ancillary reason to send him packing.

Why not show them?

"Because most [journalists] want Bush to lose," says AEI scholar Michael Ledeen, who helped host the screening of the Saddam video.

It's not just journalists. The Pentagon has lots of Saddam atrocity footage — but is loathe to release it, possibly for fear it would be taken as a crude attempt to blunt criticism of Abu Ghraib.

So the world sees photos of U.S. interrogators using dogs to scare prisoners at Abu Ghraib. But not the footage of Saddam's prisoners getting fed — alive — to Doberman pinschers on Saddam's watch.

AEI spokeswoman Veronique Rodman, puzzled by the minimal interest in the Saddam torture video, is sure that if it was a video of equally horrific torture committed by U.S. troops, the press would find ways to show or report it.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Iran massing troops on Iraq border

Unconvinced by leftist claims that it would be a happy land if the US would just let the Baathists run things in Iraq, Iran has put battalions of troops on the border to fill the 'security vaccum' that would exist after the US pullout. The Saudi daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat, monitored in Beirut, reports Iran has massed four battalions at the border.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat quoted "reliable Iraqi sources" as saying, "Iran moved part of its regular military forces towards the Iraqi border in the southern sector at a time its military intelligence agents were operating inside Iraqi territory."

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