“9/11 Panel Finds No Iraqi Collaboration,” By Dan Eggen (WaPo):
There is “no credible evidence” that Saddam Hussein’s government in Iraq collaborated with the al Qaeda terrorist network on any attacks on the United States, including the Sept. 11, 2001 hijackings, according to a new staff report released this morning by the commission investigating the hijacking plot.
Although Osama bin Laden briefly explored the idea of forging ties with Iraq in the mid-1990s, the terrorist leader was hostile to Hussein’s secular government, and Iraq never responded to requests for help in providing training camps or weapons, the panel’s report says.
The findings come in the wake of statements Monday by Vice President Cheney that Iraq had “long-established ties” with al Qaeda, and comments by President Bush yesterday backing up that assertion.
I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: the Bush administration is stupid, incompetent, or dishonest. Or some combination of the three.