Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Friday, January 09, 2004

Powell reverses warnings of "sinister nexus" between Iraq and al-Qaida 

Yesterday, when asked about a link or lack thereof between Saddam "Coward in a Hole" Hussein and al Qaeda, Colin Powell denied having seen any hard evidence, saying, "I have not seen smoking-gun, concrete evidence about the connection."

This seems a stark reversal from the information he claimed in his February 5, 2003 presentation to the UN Security council outlining the supposed threat posed by Iraq, which contains thirty-two (32) warnings of a "sinister nexus between Iraq and the al-Qaida terrorist network" (Powell's own words).

Compare the times Powell mentioned al-Qaeda in Iraq (32) to the times he refereed to the following weapons, supposedly in Iraq:

Can one assume Powell thought he had seen no concrete evidence of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons or "weapons programs"? Seems reasonable if the amount he spoke about them can be an indication.

If you don't wish to review Powell's whole presentation to the UNSC, you can read the State Department's news release summarizing his claims of Iraqi WMD and al Qaeda connections, titled "Powell Draws Picture of Iraqi Deception, Links to al-Qaeda."

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