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Central Argument?

From a reader:


Much of the press (ABC, CBS, CNN) were stating yesterday that a “central argument” made by the White House for removing Saddam Hussein from power was the alliance or links between Iraq and al-Qaeda.

Granted, the White House has made the claim that al-Qaeda and Iraq has some sort of “relationship.”

But was it a “central argument” for the war?

Remember the Iraq war resolution that Congress voted on? A resolution that the press, in reporting on this story, didn’t mention?


Nowhere in the resolution does it say that one of the reasons, much less a central or key reason, for liberating Iraq was the cooperation between Iraq and al-Qaeda. The only reference to al-Qaeda in the resolution reads:

Whereas members of al-Qaida, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq;

So, the actual law authorizing force never states that al-Qaeda and Iraq were allied.

Curious omission by the members of the Fourth Estate.

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

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