Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Iraq clusterfuck: Latest Bush claim of AQ Iraq link debunked 

Remember Bush's mysteriously sudden discovery ("Ah, the old cptured enemy documents trick") that a member of Saddam's security services was also an AQ member—because they both had the same name? Well, it does turn out there's a lot of Shakirs in the middle east, and this story is already going onto the same trash heap as all the WMD stories, no surprise here:

A U.S. intelligence official expressed skepticism Monday that a member of Al Qaeda had served as an officer in Saddam Hussein's Fedayeen militia, contradicting a claim made the day before by a member of the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks.

The intelligence official said the CIA had investigated the matter this year after documents recovered in Iraq listed an officer in the Fedayeen Saddam militia whose name was similar to that of a known Al Qaeda operative.

The agency determined that the militia member and the terrorist operative were not the same person, the official said. "We think that it is not the same guy," said the intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
(via the Pulitzer-heavy Los Angeles Times, not the when-weill-they-fire-Wilgoren New York shadow of its former self.)

Honestly, the Bush team needs to work on the shelf life of its lies. They're starting to fall apart in days now, not in weeks or months. I thought Karen was supposed to fix all this? Is she still on her book tour, or what?

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