Die-hard neoconservative lunatic and warmonger William Kristol is insisting that Saddam had ties to al Qaeda despite the recent release of a Pentagon report that says there were no links. Kristol quotes directly from the executive summary of the report which says: "This study found no 'smoking gun' (i.e. direct connection) between Saddam's Iraq and al Qaeda.”
‘NO DIRECT CONNECTION’ is the operative words here. Yet Kristol, as part of his argument to demonstrate a link, then cites page 42 of the report which says: “Saddam supported groups that either associated directly with al Qaeda (such as the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, led at one time by bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri) or that generally shared al Qaeda's stated goals and objectives."
There’s a big gap between ‘No direct connection’ and ‘supported groups that associated with’ or ‘generally shared al Qaeda’s stated goals and objectives’. The warmongering liar Kristol is attempting still to directly link Saddam Hussein to the events of 9/11.
Kristol goes on to say: “The president has a responsibility to help the American people understand the nature of the threat we faced in 2003…” The President could indeed enlighten the American people – he could tell them the truth and come clean about the fact there was no threat whatsoever from Saddam Hussein in 2003 and that the war was based exclusively on deliberate lies and falsehoods designed specifically to con the American people into supporting the neocons war against Iraq for the benefit Israel.
And its not just Kristol at the Weekly Standard trying to perpetuate the propaganda lie about Saddam’s links to al Qaeda; Stephen F. Hayes, another Weekly Standard neocon writer, has also tried to push the continued lie. He goes to even greater lengths to try and pick holes in the report than Kristol does as he desperately gropes about for some pedantic use of a word that proves their otherwise non-existent argument.
The very simple bottom line is this: The US did have direct links to al Qaeda; Saddam did not have direct links to al Qaeda.
Needless to say, America’s direct links to al Qaeda don’t rate a mention by the neocons.