Bush Scandals List

330. A semi-buried report on Saddam and al Qaeda

On March 12, 2008, the Pentagon announced it had canceled plans to release a press release announcing the release of a report by the Iraqi Perspectives Project entitled “Saddam and Terrorism: Emerging Insights from Captured Iraqi Documents”. Upon examination of some 600,000 such documents, the report concluded that it “found no ‘smoking gun’ (i.e. direct connection) between Saddam’s Iraq and al Qaeda” and continued that while Saddam had been involved in terrorism it was mostly against his own people. It says something that it took 5 years for the Pentagon to discover what so many knew at the time and in the run up to the Iraq war to be a preposterous claim. Equally telling is the clumsy way the Pentagon handled all this: canceling the press release, requiring interested reporters to have to ask for the report specifically, and then sending them CD copies of it through the US mail rather than just emailing it or putting it up on the web. It is hard to imagine a more self-defeating and ineffectual method of smothering something. The report made it out to the net anyway at places like this and the hamfisted approach of the Pentagon not only created more interest in the original story but became a story in its own right.

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