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The Connection: How al Qaeda's Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America
In the wake of 9/11 no one knew when the next attack would come, or where it would come from. America's enemies seemed gathered on all sides, and for several nerve-racking months, we lived in fear that the perpetrators might be plotting another action or, worse, that our most dangerous enemies -- al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's murderous regime in Iraq -- could be banding ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Harper
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Despite your political leanings, one can read THE CONNECTION and find that there are a wealth of connections between the international terrorism community. It's very clear that the al Qaeda had a massive network of support -- be it financial, material, or providing training space -- and that the organization was intent upon inflicting harm wherever and whenever it say a truly calculated means. I think that Stephen Hayes has done an exceptional job at gathering together what proven and ...more
A nice little book that not only catalogues the evidence of connections between Saddam Hussein's regime and Islamic terrorists including Al Qaeda but also gives interesting insight into how the compelling yet inconclusive evidence become ignored as the more predominant "the intelligence was fixed" narrative took hold. Probably somewhat dated at this point and surely to be replaced by a more definitive account but good for what it is.
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“The Bush administration tells us that the Iraq was was central to the Global War on Terror. Its critics call the Iraq War a distraction. The disagreement is a fundamental one. The Bush administration advocates a policy of preemption that calls for targeting terrorists and the regimes that support them, with the goal of eliminating threats before they are imminent. Their opponents disagree. The central question, then, is this: Would it have been possible to wage a serious Global War on Terror leaving the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein in power? To answer it, we must consider what we knew before September 11 and what we knew before the Iraq War.”More quotes…