January 13, 2004

Pre-9/11 Mentality Watch

"This sort of article annoys the hell out of me. It is again that black and white simplistic thinking and demand for absolute consistency, which allows journalists to play "gotcha." I have been told by US government folks in counter-intelligence that they think there were low-level exploratory contacts between al-Qaeda and Baath intelligence. This allegation is plausible, and it is the sort of thing Clark was probably referring to in Oct. 2002. It is also meaningless. The contacts, if they existed, would only be important if they had gone somewhere or were at all likely to have gone somewhere. They weren't, which is what Clark means when he says now that there were no (significant) Iraq-al-Qaeda links."

Juan Cole, defending Wes Clark, and appearing (somewhat embarrassingly?) hyper-sanguine about "low-level exploratory contacts" between al-Q and a rogue state (sorry, "state of concern") like Iraq.

Elect Dean or Clark--and this type of thinking will pervade large swaths of Foggy Bottom and Pentagon think.

You comfy with that?

Posted by Gregory at January 13, 2004 01:09 AM
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