Contacts between Iraqi intelligence agents and Osama bin Laden when he was in Sudan in the mid-1990’s were part of a broad effort by Baghdad to work with organizations opposing the Saudi ruling family, according to a newly disclosed document obtained by the Americans in Iraq. . . .
The new document, which appears to have circulated only since April, was provided to The New York Times several weeks ago . . . (emphasis added)
Several weeks ago?! So that would have pre-dated this headline over an article on the 9/11 commission report:
Panel Finds No Qaeda-Iraq Tie; Describes a Wider Plot for 9/11 (emphasis added)
And this editorial:
It’s hard to imagine how the commission investigating the 2001 terrorist attacks could have put it more clearly yesterday: there was never any evidence of a link between Iraq and Al Qaeda, between Saddam Hussein and Sept. 11.
Now President Bush should apologize to the American people, who were led to believe something different. . . .
While it’s possible that Mr. Bush and his top advisers really believed that there were chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in Iraq, they should have known all along that there was no link between Iraq and Al Qaeda. No serious intelligence analyst believed the connection existed; Richard Clarke, the former antiterrorism chief, wrote in his book that Mr. Bush had been told just that. (emphasis added)
What’s going on here? I think the New York Times owes me an apology . . .