The al Qaeda that wasn’t

Now that the government is mixing their favorite cover-your-ass techniques with the “up yours” openness of the past few months, looking at news archives becomes even more interesting for poli-geeks like myself. Consider, for example, the al Qaeda in Iraq argument. That al Qaeda operated with impunity in Iraq was a war-cheer.

Give me a “W”!

Give me an “A”!

Give me an “R”!

What’s that spell?!

That’s right: Lies, Murder, and a torn-up Constitution!

Go-o-o-o, team!

In an October 2006 article, the Washington Post provided information from the first two chapters of a declassified Senate intelligence report; the subject is the difference between what the administration knew and what they said.

Here’s an example:

In February 2002, the Defense Intelligence Agency concluded that “Iraq is unlikely to have provided bin Laden any useful [chemical and biological weapons] knowledge or assistance.” A year later, Bush said: “Iraq has also provided al-Qaeda with chemical and biological weapons training.”