The Sept. 11 commission reported yesterday that it has found no "collaborative relationship" between Iraq and al Qaeda, challenging one of the Bush administration's main justifications for the war in Iraq.
Along with the contention that Saddam Hussein was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction, President Bush, Vice President Cheney and other top administration officials have often asserted that there were extensive ties between Hussein's government and Osama bin Laden's terrorist network; earlier this year, Cheney said evidence of a link was "overwhelming."
But the report of the commission's staff, based on its access to all relevant classified information, said that there had been contacts between Iraq and al Qaeda but no cooperation. In yesterday's hearing of the panel, formally known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, a senior FBI official and a senior CIA analyst concurred with the finding.
Bush continues to defend his statements that Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein collaborated.
An important point raised by Barack Obama was that Hillary Clinton had also stated that Iraq and Al Qaeda collaborated. I hadn't seen that before so I conducted some research and determined that Obama is correct. This information was taken directly from Mrs. Clinton's website:
October 10, 2002
Floor Speech of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
on S.J. Res. 45, A Resolution to Authorize the Use of
United States Armed Forces Against Iraq
"Today we are asked whether to give the President of the United States authority to use force in Iraq should diplomatic efforts fail to dismantle Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological weapons and his nuclear program...
In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members, though there is apparently no evidence of his involvement in the terrible events of September 11, 2001."
HILLARY CLINTON DECLARES AN IRAQ-AL QAEDA LINK
SOUND JUDGMENT is a vital component in a Commander-in-Chief and Mr. Obama has clearly demonstrated a clarity of vision in crisis situations that Ms. Clinton just does not seem to possess. She talks about results but has passed no legislation of any note since becoming a US Senator, failed in her quest to establish universal healthcare during her husband's administration by failing to gain a consensus among her peers, and even says she voted for the Bankruptcy Act, then hoped it would not pass.
Here is the Chris Matthews - Barack Obama interview: