Thursday, June 17, 2004

Some Interesting Critiques of The 9/11 Commission Report on Iraq-Al Quaeda Cooperation


I do not have the time to read the 9/11 Commission comments on the Iraq-Al Quaeda connection, but the guys who write Powerline do. I recommend their breakdown highly. The problem is, most of the public will not read this or take the time to understand it.

See how the L.A. Times reports this, here. Predictably, they are reporting that there were no ties between Iraq and Al-Quaeda.

The Powerline guys include in their analysis an article by Andrew McCarthy in National Review Online, which causes them to conclude:

"McCarthy's column powerfully exposes the 9/11 Commission report that is in the news today as the tendentious brief of an advocate manipulating evidence to make a point rather than the considered judgment of an investigative body vested with profound national responsibility to discover the truth. It is far past time that someone ask the inevitable question: Why?"

As Hugh Hewitt correctly notes:

"The staff's effort to go out of its way to report on an issue it was not charged with investigating beyond any 9/11 connection to Saddam underscores its complete politicization. It has become a campaign, not a Commission."

I'm swamped at work and can't take the time to read all this stuff, but it sure looks good. Maybe I'll get to it later.


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