I don't recall ever hearing his name before the Iraq War. But General/Secretary of State Powell had, as reported by CNN on February 5, 2003.
No, no one's saying Saddam had anything to do with the September 11th terrorist acts. But he was complicit enough in worldwide terror to make Iraq a front in the Global War on Terror. That's why we're there.
And Zarqawi was there before we were.
Update, 7/15/05 7:54 pm: Here's an interesting ABC News report, kept at MediaResearch.org, documenting ties between Saddam and al-Qaeda. Notice what Clinton-era officials were telling ABC News then. Hint: it sounds a lot like what President Bush's officials say now.
Update, 7/17/05 5:02 pm: Here's more information about Saddam's links to international terror, including al Qaeda.
How does he know you're lying about never hearing Zarqawi's name before?
Leeroy, your incivility knows no bounds. I am deleting your comment because of it.
I really enjoy reading your blog. I try to check it out every day or two when the chaos of work has settle a bit. What is refreshing is that your students or former students feel comfortable commenting on your performance as a teacher. You've come a long way from the young man explaining to me the trajectory of a weapons system that I had helped develop. Good to be enthusiastic in all of ones life's pursuits.
Captain, of course you're doing this at home, not on *work* time and equipment :-)
BTW, I'm still waiting for that rail gun with tungsten rounds to be fielded. It's been a long time.
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