Now that one of the biggest lies used by Bush and the rest of his neocon cartel to justify the invasion of Iraq has been fully uncovered by its own military machine, their boundless criminality has been further exposed for the entire world to see.
The Pentagon, in a very pathetic attempt at hiding the report, will not make it available online or distribute it in any way where it can be widely accessed and viewed.
I would call the whole situation comical but countless numbers of people have died in Iraq and the country itself has been utterly destroyed as a result of all the lies peddled by the War Criminal In Chief.
No link between Saddam and Al-Qaeda: Pentagon study
WASHINGTON (AFP) — A detailed Pentagon study confirms there was no direct link between late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and the Al-Qaeda network, debunking a claim President George W. Bush’s administration used to justify invading Iraq.
Coming five years after the start of the war in Iraq, the study of 600,000 official Iraqi documents and thousands of hours of interrogations of former Saddam Hussein colleagues “found no smoking gun (i.e. direct connection) between Saddam’s Iraq and Al-Qaeda,” said the study, quoted in US media Thursday.
The US administration appeared to bury the release of the study, making it available only at individual request and by mail — instead of posting it on the Internet or handing it out to reporters.
A Pentagon spokesman on Thursday said they did not know why the Joint Forces Command was not posting the report online, but denied that it was an attempt to limit its distribution.
“We don’t have a reason to do so. I think when you see the report it will show a Nazi-esque cataloque of Saddam’s ties to terror, both within his own country and elsewhere in the Middle East,” said Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell.
Previous reports by the blue-ribbon September 11 commission and the Pentagon’s inspector general in 2007 reached the same conclusion that there were no ties between Saddam and Al-Qaeda but none had access to as much information.
“The Iraqi Perspective Project review of captured Iraqi documents uncovered strong evidence that links the regime of Saddam Hussein to regional and global terrorism,” said a summary of the Pentagon study to which ABC News provided a link on its website Wednesday.
“State terrorism became a routine tool of State power” but “the predominant target of Iraqi state terror operations were Iraqi citizens,” the summary said.
ABC reported the study initially was to be posted on the US military’s website accompanied by a background briefing with the study’s authors. But the Pentagon scrapped those plans and took the unusual step of offering only to send the report by mail to those who asked for it.
Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and top aides have insisted there were links between Saddam and Al-Qaeda, citing the alleged ties as a rationale for going to war in Iraq.
“The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and Al-Qaeda is because there was a relationship between Iraq and Al-Qaeda,” Bush told reporters in June 2004.