Most Americans were cheered by recent news of an improving economic forecast, but not the Democrats who have made blaming George W. Bush for the last few years’ downturn the primary argument for turning him out of office. One can only imagine how depressed they must feel now that their fall-back argument – that Bush demonstrated his incompetence as Commander-in-Chief by engaging in an unnecessary and costly diversion from the war on terror when he went into Iraq – has been shown to be no better grounded in fact.
The strategic wisdom, indeed the imperative, of putting Saddam Hussein out of business as an integral part of the global effort to root out and destroy terrorist organizations has been underscored by the cover story of the November 24th edition of the Weekly Standard. Under the headline “Case Closed,” Steven Hayes reveals details from a highly classified, 16-page Defense Department memorandum sent last month to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The unavoidable conclusion: Saddam Hussein’s regime had been guilty as charged – tied for over a decade to Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network (among other terrorist groups) for the purpose of waging attacks on their mutual foe, the United States.
The Pentagon memo was compiled for my friend and colleague, Under Secretary of Defense Douglas Feith. It was forwarded to the intelligence panel last month in response to bipartisan questions put to him by the Committee’s top Republican and Democratic members, Senators Pat Roberts and Jay Rockefeller, respectively. The memo’s contents reflected years of reporting compiled by U.S. intelligence agencies from various sources.
Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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