Tuesday, June 22, 2004


When some people are arguing over the semantics of contacts, connections, collaborator, and control, the people listening to them need to step back and remember what the actual subject is:

Why the US attacked and invaded Iraq.

This is not about whether statements in a vacuum are false or true, accurate or not. This is not a game of gotcha. This is about why Bush people talked about an Iraq/Al Qaeda relationship at all. Because they needed justification for the invasion.

So when we hear administration officials or their pets claiming the 9/11 Commission supports their contention that contacts existed (which is a major stretch in and of itself), those of us listening need to recognize that this is in no way the same as saying the 9/11 Commission supports their contention that the substance of those contacts were a sufficient justification for war.