The Corner

Those Connections

For years the media have been reporting on connections between al-Qaeda and Iraq. At some point, the media reversed course and now hypes all claims of no such relationship. The issue has always been the extent and nature of the relationship, not its existence. And as a matter of logic, are we to believe al-Qaeda is and was active throughout Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, and even the U.S., but avoided Iraq because bin Laden and Hussein didn’t share religious beliefs? Finally, the Commission doesn’t say there was no connection. It makes no such definitive statement. The language it uses, which is contained basically in a single sentence, has been heavily lawyered. The Commission’s language is notable for what it does not say.

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