[lit-ideas] Iraqis Contacted bin Laden in Mid-1990s, File Says

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  • Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2004 16:44:45 EDT

The article (cited below) makes sense to me. It's consistent with other 
reports about Iraqi intelligence in the '90s and unlikely to be an election 
fake (because of the chance of exposure). 
Personally I think liberals who want to oust Bush should concentrate on the 
economy and mishandling of the Patriot Act, environmental record, and the 
horrible tax cuts. Too much emphasis on the war record could backfire.

For example, troop strength in Iraq. Con: a dangerous underestimation of 
resistance and insufficient forces to process and detain surrendering Iraqi 
troops. Pro: rapid deployment of the smaller army (rather than wait for large 
buildup) allowed Saddam to be overwhelmed before he could set up killing zones, 
torch the oil wells, etc.

On the domestic front, however, Bush & Co. have less of an argument to make.

Iraqis Contacted bin Laden in Mid-1990s, File Says
Baghdad Sought to Work With Organizations Against Saudis
By THOM SHANKER, The New York Times
WASHINGTON, June 24 â?? Contacts between Iraqi intelligence agents and Osama 
bin Laden when he was in Sudan in the mid-1990's were part of a broad effort by 
Baghdad to work with organizations opposing the Saudi ruling family, according 
to a newly disclosed document obtained by the Americans in Iraq.

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