April 27, 2004

CONVERGENCE:

Jordan Airs Confessions of Al-Qaida Suspects Who Allegedly Planned Bomb and Poison Gas Attacks (Jamal Halaby, 4/26/04, Associated Press)

Al-Qaida plotted bombings and poison gas attacks against the U.S. Embassy and other targets in Jordan, two conspirators said in a confession aired Monday on Jordanian state television.

Azmi al-Jayousi, identified as the head of the Jordanian cell of al-Qaida, appeared Monday in a 20-minute taped program and described meeting Jordanian militant Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi in neighboring Iraq to plan the foiled plot. [...]

"I have pledged loyalty to Abu-Musab to fully be obedient and listen to him without discussion," al-Jayousi said in the Jordanian television segment. He said he first met al-Zarqawi in Afghanistan, where al-Jayousi said he studied explosives, "before Afghanistan fell." He said he later met al-Zarqawi in Iraq, but was not specific about when.


We've been rather skeptical about the purported direct ties between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, but no one even denies that al-Zargawi was in Baghdad in May 2002. If the two stories join up at that point then one more objection to the war goes down the tubes.


MORE:
Saddam's WMD Have Been Found (Kenneth R. Timmerman, April 26, 2004, Insight)

New evidence out of Iraq suggests that the U.S. effort to track down Saddam Hussein's missing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is having better success than is being reported. Key assertions by the intelligence community that were widely judged in the media and by critics of President George W. Bush as having been false are turning out to have been true after all. But this stunning news has received little attention from the major media, and the president's critics continue to insist that "no weapons" have been found.

In virtually every case - chemical, biological, nuclear and ballistic missiles - the United States has found the weapons and the programs that the Iraqi dictator successfully concealed for 12 years from U.N. weapons inspectors.

The Iraq Survey Group (ISG), whose intelligence analysts are managed by Charles Duelfer, a former State Department official and deputy chief of the U.N.-led arms-inspection teams, has found "hundreds of cases of activities that were prohibited" under U.N. Security Council resolutions, a senior administration official tells Insight. "There is a long list of charges made by the U.S. that have been confirmed, but none of this seems to mean anything because the weapons that were unaccounted for by the United Nations remain unaccounted for."

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 27, 2004 6:58 PM
Comments

The administration seems to be falling down on this issue. Why have they not gathered all this information together, had a press conference, and shut up all the "Where are the WMD" morons? I don't get it.

Posted by: PapayaSF at April 27, 2004 11:27 PM

Papaya:

What's the rush?

Posted by: oj at April 27, 2004 11:33 PM

Aaah, so you think they're saving it all for an "October (Not-Really-a-) Surprise"? Maybe, but it seems odd to let the Democrats beat them up over an issue for what, 18 months, before they defend themselves....

Posted by: PapayaSF at April 28, 2004 1:02 AM

It will be amusing watching all the self-righteous "Bush-lied-about-Saddam's-WMD" ranters change their seething tune to "Bush-made-it-appear-as-though-he-was-lying-about-Saddam's-WMD."

They won't miss a beat.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at April 28, 2004 2:24 AM

oj, Papaya -- Kerry believes he has innoculated the Left against this "eventuality". He essentially said: "Who knows if a month from now, two months from now, you find some weapons. You may. But you certainly didn't find them where they said they were, and you certainly didn't find them in the quantities that they said they were..." So you see, the Left can never be wrong. What is amazing is how they shift the center of gravity of any debate and the talking heads just go with the flow. Facts will not matter unless they are plastered on ads, aggressively. OTW, the point will be missed, just like the 9/11 Commission shifted the center of gravity of intelligence/admin failures to Summer 2000.

Posted by: MG at April 28, 2004 7:53 AM

MG:

Remember the over-the-top coverage when they pulled Saddam out of a hole? Find some of the WMD and it'll be a big deal.

Posted by: oj at April 28, 2004 8:04 AM

The problem is this.

Chemical Weapons can be stored as their precursor chemicals which are not very different from Pesticides.

So, if your Bush, can you come out with a news story saying that you found "WMD's" and have Kerry or whoever say "Great, you found some pesticides... We went to war for pesticides?" He'd be finished.

Posted by: AML at April 28, 2004 10:46 AM

Unless it was that evil DDT we found...

Posted by: oj at April 28, 2004 10:53 AM

Pesticides stored in large quantities in camouflaged military bunkers six feet underground in ammo dumps, though.

Posted by: PapayaSF at April 28, 2004 12:21 PM

The best way to find the weapons is to give Baby Assad a list of targets we will be bombing with MOABs in the next 12 hours. Turn on the cameras and watch the worker bees start moving the stuff away.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 28, 2004 12:28 PM

PapayaSF-

They would just amend the statement: We went to war just to have to hire Halliburton to explore and drill for pesticides????

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