Ackerman, Spencer
March 2004
New Republic;3/1/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 7, p9
This article takes Bill Safire to task for accepting a letter as a link between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda. In a ridiculous columnn on February 11 titled "found: a smoking gun," he wrote: "[The memo] demolishes the repeated claim of Bush critics that there was never a `clear link' between Saddam and Osama bin Laden." Except that the memo says not one word about Al Qaeda cooperation with Saddam, either before, during, or after the Iraq war. In fact, it strongly suggests that no such connection existed: [America] is looking to a near future, when it will remain safe in its bases, while handing over control of Iraq to a bastard government with an army and police force that will bring back the time of (Saddam) Husayn and his cohorts.


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