I just saw Ned Lamont on the news saying "The war in Iraq has nothing to do with the war on terror." Keep in mind this is the left's golden boy. And this is what I hear a lot from my lefty commenters.
Who flew those planes into our WTC? al-Qaeda
Where did we kill the head of al-Qaeda, al-Zarqawi? Iraq.
Where was one of Iraq's most-wanted al-Qaeda terrorists, Kassim aka Qasim Al-Aani, who was a senior aide to the Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader, Al-Zarqawi captured? Iraq.
Where was Salah Hussain Abdul Razak a/k/a Salah Hussein Abdelrazzaq, also a senior aide to al-Zarqawi capatured? Iraq.
During that time another senior al Qaeda in Iraq member was captured by Jordanian Intelligence. Iraqi citizen Ziad Khalaf Raja al-Karbouly a/k/a Ziad al-Karbouli and Abu Houthiyfah was arrested after being lured into Jordan.
So can the left just drop this ridiculous talking point? It's just a lie obviously. How can they deny the truth that you have just read?
Update: To just reinforce the truth of this I decided to link to articles that prove the point even more. All these things occurred in Iraq.
I could go on and on, but I think I made my point. Iraq not being a part of the war on terror is more than a farce, it's lie and a dangerous one at that.
Update: Ok, I have to go and on. Many say and will argue that the terrorists weren't there before we invaded. Let's just drop that too. You all know about my reference to "Operation Viking Hammer" where we defeated a international terrorist training camp the first week of the invasion, but I just had to add some more proof. Because it is just so frustratiing to continue to see this false talking point being repeated over and over because it isn't just moonbats or lefty columnists. It's people like the man who would be President now if the Democrats had gotten their way.
In an interview with Time magazine during the last election, Kerry claimed that the 9/11 Commission found that Iraq had "nothing to do with al Qaeda." But according to numerous press reports, the deputy director of Iraqi Intelligence, Faruq Hijazi, met face-to-face with Osama bin Laden in 1994. Bin Laden asked for anti-ship mines and al Qaeda training camps in Iraq. (although there is no evidence that Iraqi responded to the request) That same year, according to internal Iraqi Intelligence documents authenticated by the U.S. intelligence community and reported in the June 25, 2004, New York Times, a Sudanese government official met with Uday Hussein and the director of Iraqi Intelligence to facilitate the relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda.
check out this article from Telegraph.co.uk has this from April, 2003:
"Papers found yesterday in the bombed headquarters of the Mukhabarat, Iraq's intelligence service, reveal that an al-Qa'eda envoy was invited clandestinely to Baghdad in March 1998.
The documents show that the purpose of the meeting was to establish a relationship between Baghdad and al-Qa'eda based on their mutual hatred of America and Saudi Arabia. The meeting apparently went so well that it was extended by a week and ended with arrangements being discussed for bin Laden to visit Baghdad."
Then there is the published report from March 2001 in a Parisian Arabic newspaper, "Al-Watan Al-Arabi, about the arrest of two suspected Iraqi spies -- based on a tip from the CIA (boldface mine):Iraqi Spies Reportedly Arrested in Germany 16 March 2001Al-Watan al-Arabi (Paris) reports that two Iraqis were arrested in Germany, charged with spying for Baghdad. The arrests came in the wake of reports that Iraq was reorganizing the external branches of its intelligence service and that it had drawn up a plan to strike at US interests around the world through a network of alliances with extremist fundamentalist parties.The most serious report contained information that Iraq and Osama bin Ladin were working together."
The Weekly Standard had this in June:
THE FORMER IRAQI REGIME OF Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists from the region at camps in Iraq over the four years immediately preceding the U.S. invasion, according to documents and photographs recovered by the U.S. military in postwar Iraq. The existence and character of these documents has been confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD by eleven U.S. government officials.
Ok, I will stop now.