Thursday, February 06, 2003[posted by jaed at 2:46 PM]
The indispensable Jeffery Goldberg writes on al Qaeda and Iraq:
Woolsey, who served as President Clinton's first C.I.A. director, said that it is now illogical to doubt the notion that Saddam collaborates with Islamist terrorism, and that he would provide chemical or biological weapons to Al Qaeda. "At Salman Pak"�a training camp near Baghdad�"we know there were Islamist terrorists training to hijack airplanes in groups of four or five with short knives," Woolsey told me. "I mean, hello? If we had seen after December 7, 1941, a fake American battleship in a lake in northern Italy, and a group of Asian pilots training there, would we have said, 'Well, you can't prove that they were Japanese'?"
No really new facts in here - but the discussion of intelligence analysis, and speculation vs reciting only the facts, is interesting. So is the account at the beginning of the article of Bill Richardson's trip to see the Taliban in 1998.