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March 11, 2008

The Presidential Assasination Attempt That Didn't Bark


An exhaustive review of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents that were captured after the 2003 U.S. invasion has found no evidence that Saddam Hussein's regime had any operational links with Osama bin Laden's al Qaida terrorist network.

The Pentagon-sponsored study, scheduled for release later this week, did confirm that Saddam's regime provided some support to other terrorist groups, particularly in the Middle East, U.S. officials told McClatchy. However, his security services were directed primarily against Iraqi exiles, Shiite Muslims, Kurds and others he considered enemies of his regime.

What the article doesn't mention is that apparently they also found no evidence that Saddam's regime attempted to kill George H.W. Bush in Kuwait in 1993. Nor has there been any mention of such evidence anywhere else since the invasion. All this despite the fact that we can be certain if the administration had found it, they would have let us know loudly and often.

Meanwhile, all of official Washington has become discreetly mum about this, even though they were yammering about it constantly from fall, 2002 through spring, 2003. It's almost as though none of it ever happened.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at March 11, 2008 10:34 AM

This can't be true, as Bill Clinton used the supposed assassination attempt as a pretext for losing his "bomb a foreign darkie" cherry, and, I mean, he's the Big Dog! Hero to many liberal bloggers! He wouldn't willingly take part in a bipartisan deception like that to reinforce American hegemony! For shame, good sir.

Posted by: at March 11, 2008 11:36 AM

I'm beginning to think that "bipartisan deception" pretty much describes our government.

Posted by: eatbees at March 11, 2008 03:22 PM

JUST another reason to IMPEACH. (but then I suppose WE'll NEVER run short of those)(???1-202-225-0100???)

Posted by: Mike Meyer at March 11, 2008 03:35 PM

I wonder whether that Memory Hole would function quite so perfectly if we turned on our memories. Oh, who cares? - we'd have to open our eyes, too.

Posted by: Aaron Datesman at March 11, 2008 03:35 PM

"apparently they also found no evidence that Saddam's regime attempted to kill George H.W. Bush in Kuwait in 1993."

you totally knew it.

Posted by: petey at March 11, 2008 04:02 PM

There may not have been any operational links between Saddam and al Qaida, but there surely were spiritual ones. Enough to propel our God-fearing leadership and the nation under it into action. For God, for Country, and for Yale.
And for Billy Graham, even though he wasn't even an Ivy Leaguer.

Posted by: donescobar at March 11, 2008 05:55 PM

This is supposed to be a joyous occasion, let's not bicker and quarrel over who tried to kill who . . .

Posted by: Monkay at March 11, 2008 06:17 PM

JOYOUS OCCASION???(the man didn't even try)

Posted by: Mike Meyer at March 11, 2008 08:24 PM

Did Hussein try or not? It's really irrelevant. If George Bush can try to kill Saddam Hussein, then the vice versa is just as fair. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

No, I'm not advocating killing either George Bush (nor Saddam Hussein, were we to not have already killed him), for all you concern trolls out there.

Posted by: Diamond LeGrande at March 11, 2008 08:47 PM