posted on Aug, 21 2011 @ 06:36 AM
In 1991 Al’Qa’ida did not exist as a formal entity and Bin Laden was busy annoying the Saudi Royal family over their decision to allow western
forces on the land of the two holly places. I think what O’ Dick is saying about Iraq is probably him toeing the party line on the justification
for not going after Saddam in 1991, but also what he is saying is true, just now we are seeking tension amongst the Turks for instance.
Like I said in 1991 Al’Qa’ida didn’t really exist and Bin Laden was not assessed as presenting any significant threat to American national
security however by this time he had been preaching anti-western rhetoric for quite some time. Likewise in 2003, there was no Al’Qa’ida presence
in Iraq the Bush administration did argue in the built up to war that Saddam had links with Al’Qa’ida however this was based on some very bad
intelligence. So bad in fact, one could argue that the Bush administration lied about Saddam’s links to Bin Laden . Bush said to CNN of Saddam
"He is a danger not only to countries in the region but, as I explained last night, because of his al Qaeda connections, because of his history, he is
a danger to Americans," Bush said, referring to Tuesday's State of the Union address. "And we're going to deal with him. We're going to deal with him
before it's too late."
Quite an obvious statement there then that the neoconservative Bush administration presented to the world that they had intelligence that showed a
direct link between Bin Laden and Saddam. However even as Bush was advertising these links to the public as a justification of war the Select
Committee on Intelligence had their doubts and they were quite right to have their doubts because this was a lie. A lie that spawned from flawed
intelligence that anyone with an ounce if knowledge about Bin Laden could have spotted in a nanosecond. The source of the information that Saddam and
Bin Laden where best of chums came from Al-Qa’ida operative Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi who under torture passed this information on to his interrogators.
According to Omar Nasari’s book “Inside the Jihad”, Ibn al-Shaykh al-libi was the man responsible for teaching militants how to resist torture
and supply misinformation under interrogation. So not only had America got this information from the man who taught Al-Qa’ida to lie they also
ignored the fact that Bin Laden hated Saddam they then chose to completely ignore warnings from within Washington about this questionable intelligence
product and their serious doubts about any Bin Laden Saddam link.
“Al-Qa’ida In Iraq” did not exist formally until late 2004. In 2003, no so long after the fall of Saddam the Jordanian militant Abu Musab
Al-Zarqawi travelled to Iraq to start up a militancy organisation originally called Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad. By late 2004 Al-Zarqawi formally
pledged his bayyat (allegiance) to Bin Laden and his Al’Qa’ida network and renamed the group “The Organisation of Jihads Base In Mesopotamia”
or as it was known colloquially “Al’Qa’ida in Iraq”.
Hope that helps dude, if you have any other questions give me a shout.
edit on 21-8-2011 by OtherSideOfTheCoin because: (no reason given)