al-Queda & Iraq: links or no?
Earlier this week, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission) published Staff Statement No. 15, "Overview of the Enemy," which said, in part:
We have no credible evidence that Iraq and al-Qaeda co-operated on attacks against the United States.
Andrew C. McCarthy is not so sure:
The commission's cursory treatment of so salient a national question as whether al Qaeda and Iraq confederated is puzzling. Given that the panel had three hours for Richard Clarke, one might have hoped for more than three minutes on Iraq. More to the point, though, the staff statements released Wednesday — which seemed to be contradicted by testimony at the public hearing within minutes of their publication — raise more questions than they answer, about both matters the staff chose to address and some it strangely opted to omit.