I caught only the tail end of Powell’s speech, but I can say this: so much for the Powell speech being “nothing new or startling.”

It seems now that Powell has quite the goods detailing what is an extensive Iraq-Al Qeada connection.

Not that this is important, really.

For one thing, it’s not going to convince any of the anti-war true believers that for so long demanded just the kind of evidence Powell has now provided, because no degree of evidence will be enough for them. As far as “Al Qeada-Iraq” goes, Powell just kicked one badass field goal. But now they will exclaim, “Oh damn, sorry, the goalposts were supposed to be back there.”

And for another thing, with regards to those people not held by a kind of religious fervor to be against action in Iraq, the reasons that have already been enumerated for action in Iraq are quite sufficient .

Maybe it will take away some of the talking points or rhetorical credibility of those who dishonestly say they might be in favor of war if only there were better reasons or more proof, etc etc…

But I won’t be holding my breath. Rather, I’ll be betting on “That’s all well and good, but we need more proof.. ..”

Update: Some specifics… 

But what I want to bring to your attention today is the potentially much more sinister nexus between Iraq and the al Qaeda terrorist network, a nexus that combines classic terrorist organizations and modern methods of murder. Iraq today harbors a deadly terrorist network headed by Abu Musab Zarqawi, an associate and collaborator of Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda lieutenants. 

Zarqawi, a Palestinian born in Jordan, fought in the Afghan war more than a decade ago . Returning to Afghanistan in 2000, he oversaw a terrorist training camp. One of his specialities and one of the specialties of this camp is poisons. When our coalition ousted the Taliban, the Zarqawi network helped establish another poison and explosive training center camp. And this camp is located in northeastern Iraq.

Baghdad has an agent in the most senior levels of the radical organization, Ansar al-Islam, that controls this corner of Iraq. In 2000 this agent offered al Qaeda safe haven in the region. After we swept al Qaeda from Afghanistan, some of its members accepted this safe haven . They remain there today.

Last year, two suspected al Qaeda operatives were arrested crossing from Iraq into Saudi Arabia. They were linked to associates of the Baghdad cell, and one of them received training in Afghanistan on how to use cyanide. From his terrorist network in Iraq, Zarqawi can direct his network in the Middle East and beyond.


It goes on and on like that.

last update : 23-5-2018

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