Wednesday, September 29, 2004

He didn't mention the Trysts with Dave Drier though, you have to give him that....

Pandagon's Ezra, who cannot logically be better than himself, managed to do something that Attaturk cannot, see the Daily Show in its initial broadcast rather than taping it. Staying up until 11:30 p.m., you have to admit, that is pretty impressive. I congratulate the young man. Kudos to you sir.

But more importantly -- like that's possible! -- is that Ezra noticed Ralph Reed in a biblical sin beyond usuary.

It seems that Ralph (who is so waiting to be outed!) LIED to the college educated Daily Show audience by claiming that on the magical page 66 of the 9/11 Commission Report found substantive links between Al Qaeda and Iraq. Of course, those of us who have read the Report know that Ralph is, of course, lyin' for a higher callin'. It's a "gamble" he is engaging in, but then Ralph loves the gambling.

Especially, it appears three-card monty.

Here is that magical page 66:

There is also evidence that around this time Bin Ladin sent out a number of feelers to the Iraqi regime, offering some cooperation. None are reported to have received a significant response. According to one report, Saddam Hussein's efforts at this time to rebuild relations with the Saudis and other Middle Eastern regimes led him to stay clear of Bin Ladin.74

In mid-1998, the situation reversed; it was Iraq that reportedly took the initiative. In March 1998, after Bin Ladin's public fatwa against the United States, two al Qaeda members reportedly went to Iraq to meet with Iraqi intelligence. In July, an Iraqi delegation traveled to Afghanistan to meet first with the Taliban and then with Bin Ladin. Sources reported that one, or perhaps both, of these meetings was apparently arranged through Bin Ladin's Egyptian deputy, Zawahiri, who had ties of his own to the Iraqis. In 1998, Iraq was under intensifying U.S. pressure, which culminated in a series of large air attacks in December.75

Similar meetings between Iraqi officials and Bin Ladin or his aides may have occurred in 1999 during a period of some reported strains with the Taliban. According to the reporting, Iraqi officials offered Bin Ladin a safe haven in Iraq. Bin Ladin declined, apparently judging that his circumstances in Afghanistan remained more favorable than the Iraqi alternative. The reports describe friendly contacts and indicate some common themes in both sides' hatred of the United States. But to date we have seen no evidence that these or the earlier contacts ever developed into a collaborative operational relationship. Nor have we seen evidence indicating that Iraq cooperated with al Qaeda in developing or carrying out any attacks against the United States.76

Ralph, obviously is more comfortable lying to Fox News Viewers, comprised of many slackers who rather than getting stoned, would follow Ralph's directions to a stoning of a LIBERAL sinner.

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