After much obfuscation and procrastination, the Pentagon has finally released the report that says there was no link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda.
It’s government report the White House didn’t want you to read: yesterday the Pentagon canceled plans to send out a press release announcing the report’s availability and didn’t make the report available via email or online.
Based on the analysis of some 600,000 official Iraqi documents seized by US forces after the invasion and thousands of hours of interrogations of former officials in Saddam’s government now in US custody, the government report is the first official acknowledgment from the US military that there is no evidence Saddam had ties to al Qaeda.
The Bush administration apparently didn’t want the study to get any attention. The report was to be posted on the Joint Forces Command website yesterday, followed by a background briefing with the authors. No more. The report was made available to those who asked for it, and was sent via overnight mail from Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia.
Asked yesterday why the report would not be posted online and could not be emailed, the spokesman for Joint Forces Command said: “We’re making the report available to anyone who wishes to have it, and we’ll send it out via CD in the mail.”
Another Pentagon official said initial press reports on the study made it “too politically sensitive.”
You can read the full report here.”Too politically sensitive” is a nice way of saying that the Bush administration’s attempts for the last five years to link Iraq and 9/11 has been nothing but fear-mongering and wishful thinking, just like the WMD’s and all the other lies and bullshit that we’ve been getting out of them.
Of course, there are those who say that just because there is no evidence of a link, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a link; it’s all a huge cover-up by the CIA in their pissing contest with the White House and they’re just doing it to make the Bush administration look like fools. (Why bother? They’ve done a great job of that on their own.) As Thers notes, that’s the nice thing about paranoia; it’s the gift that keeps on giving.