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Thursday, September 26, 2002
National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice is now saying there is a connection between the Iraqi government and al-Qaida.
In theory this is really big news and it is for that very reason that I'm especially skeptical. Rice is very vague and alludes to this knowledge of these ties only coming to light recently. It seems to me that this very big news and if President Bush were to play it right, big enough news to convince 99 or so percent of the country of the need to bomb Iraq into some rhetorical age. And yet this information is only coming out slowly. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld alluded to it on Tuesday and then Rice went into more detail yesterday. Maybe there is no plan and maybe the administration is playing their cards close. Or maybe they are just making this up and figure they will get away with it if they don't make too big of a deal out of it.
To be fair their might be some other reason for the administration not publicizing this harder but given that Bush is currently trying to get congressional authorization for attacking Iraq, it would seem that connecting Iraq with a group that just about everybody agrees needs to be defeated military would be something that Bush and friends wouldn't hesisitate on.