Saturday, November 15, 2003

"The U.S. government's secret memo detailing cooperation between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden," leaked to the Weekly Standard. Do read. Oh how I heard again and again that Sunni Islamist Al Qaeda would never cooperate with secular Saddam (or with Shia Iran for that matter). Every time intelligence suggesting exactly such cooperation pops up in the news I hear immediate dismissals, as though it were so much heresy. But the intelligence didn't go away. It was put together and plenty of it was corroborated, as you can read in the above link.

Unfortunately I doubt the dismissals will stop. The credibility of our intelligence agencies has been tarnished by the missing Iraqi WMDs. The article I linked to will be all to easily dismissed by some as a leak by a partisan hack to a partisan magazine and the memo dismissed as hawks within the bureaucracy twisting the data to fit desired conclusions. To this I respond that 1) American intelligence was not alone in its beliefs about Iraqi WMDs and that we should not presume all subsequent intelligence assessments to be suspect and that 2) if the data is being twisted then surely an even more credible counterleak is soon coming, no?

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