Sunday, December 28, 2003
::: CSpan Panel at Hudson on NeoConservatives :::
Just happened to catch a rebroadcast of the show which involved the
NeoCon handle being assigned to the PNAC bunch.. It proved fairly
interesting and since Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo was on the
panel, I decided to zip over and see what comments he had re the
discussion. Unfortunately, the limk provided to view the discussion
did not work, but I am sure it can be found on CSpan. The date on
screen was Dec. 15, right after Saddam's capture.
Marshall did have comments on Perle and some absurd assertions
(according to Perle) that the capture of Hussein would intensify
attacks on American soldiers.
But the post that caught my eye ( I call it --->) Atta does the impossible
by being in two places at once. was the one that concerns alleged
evidence of links of Hussein and Al Qaeda ... supposedly written by
the chief of Iraq intelligence service. One link led to another until this:
Link to MSNBC Story that ran hours before the dramatic capture of
TERRORIST BEHIND SEPTEMBER 11 STRIKE WAS TRAINED BY SADDAM, ran the headline on the story written by Con Coughlin, a Telegraph correspondent and the author of the book "Saddam: The Secret Life."
Coughlin's account was picked up by newspapers around the world and was cited the next day by New York Times columnist William Safire. But U.S. officials and a leading Iraqi document expert tell NEWSWEEK that the document is most likely a forgery—part of a thriving new trade in dubious Iraqi documents that has cropped up in the wake of the collapse of Saddam's regime.
"It's a lucrative business," says Hassan Mneimneh, codirector of an Iraqi exile research group reviewing millions of captured Iraqi government documents. "There's an active document trade taking place … You have fraudulent documents that are being fabricated and sold" for hundreds of dollars a piece.
Shouldn't we have known? Have we not learned the NeoCons and Bush
will stop at nothing to keep the American people in the dark about 9-11
and Iraq, the reasons for going there, the astounding war-profiteering
in progress, their "no-exit" plan and the attempt to connect Saddam to
WTC ~~~ and keep our feeble minds off of WMD.