ABC’s Editorial Notes On The Iraq Documents

I was tipped to the ABC website report on the Iraq documents while listening to Rush Limbaugh just a few minutes ago. I have stated before that I can’t imagine what it would take now to convince the media and Democrats that they could have been premature (and frankly, dead wrong) about their declarations that Saddam had no WMD and no terrorist connections. Already, in this first batch of documents, there are some pretty amazing revelations. ABC isn’t buying it, though. Check out their document summaries and editorial comments. The following is just one of four documents summarized and editorialized at the ABC News site:

Note: Document titles were added by ABC News.

“Osama bin Laden and the Taliban”

Document dated Sept. 15, 2001

An Iraqi intelligence service document saying that their Afghani informant, who’s only identified by a number, told them that the Afghani Consul Ahmed Dahastani claimed the following in front of him:

That OBL and the Taliban are in contact with Iraq and that a group of Taliban and bin Laden group members visited Iraq.
That the U.S. has proof the Iraqi government and “bin Laden’s group” agreed to cooperate to attack targets inside America.
That in case the Taliban and bin Laden’s group turn out to be involved in “these destructive operations,” the U.S. may strike Iraq and Afghanistan.
That the Afghani consul heard about the issue of Iraq’s relationship with “bin Laden’s group” while he was in Iran.

At the end, the writer recommends informing “the committee of intentions” about the above-mentioned items. The signature on the document is unclear.

(Editor’s Note: The controversial claim that Osama bin Laden was cooperating with Saddam Hussein is an ongoing matter of intense debate. While the assertions contained in this document clearly support the claim, the sourcing is questionable — i.e. an unnamed Afghan “informant” reporting on a conversation with another Afghan “consul.” The date of the document — four days after 9/11 — is worth noting but without further corroboration, this document is of limited evidentiary value.)

This is cross posted at Polipundit.com.

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