My friend, ocassional poker buddy and the instigator of several pranks against yours truly, has finally come out with his book: The Connection: How al Qaeda’s Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America. I’ve had a few verbal briefings and I look forward to reading it. Hayes claims to have the goods on the real connections between al Qaeda and Saddam. If what I’ve heard so far pans out, it could shred the conventional wisdom. You should all buy it like it’s the last vial of penicillin in wartime Paris and you’re a doughboy with a case of the clap. Or something like that.