Just Another Piece of Paper

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Salon's Fritz Umbach has a short, critical story about the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's release of "classified Iraqi documents." Surprise: It's been a selective document release aimed at bucking up support for sad-sack Saddam-al Qaeda connection theories.

The first surprising thing we find in the documents, which are available here through the U.S. Army Foreign Military Studies Office's Joint Reserve Intelligence Center, is that they are not necessarily from, or even about, Iraq. For example, document 2RAD-2004-601189 is described as "Abu-Zubaydah Statement on the Capability of al-Qaidah to Manufacture and Deliver Nuclear Weapons to the U.S." Sounds like smoking-gun material, but what exactly does it have to do with the case for war against Saddam? Zubaydah, a top bin Laden operative who was captured in Pakistan in 2002, told interrogators that al-Qaida could build a "dirty bomb," but he didn't say anything about getting Saddam's help to do it. Moreover, the "statement" itself is nothing more than an Arabic summary of a 2002 CBS News story on Zubaydah's claims. It has no identifiable link to Iraq, other than the odd fact that it appears on a U.S. government site billed as Operation Iraqi Freedom Documents.

The wide-eyed optimists (read: suckers) at Pajamas Media have been promoting the documents from day one. See if you're impressed.

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  1. “aimed at bucking up support for sad-sack Saddam-al Qaeda connection theories”

    It’s amazing they even still try. Maybe they are going back to it because the “building a democracy” rational is falling into the toilet as the country spirals toward civil war as we hold the fingers in the dike.

    Now we have some real nuclear weapons next door in Iran and our credibility wad has been shot so bad in Iraq that there will basically be nothing that can be done about it.

  2. I second Another Lurker’s post.

  3. I am sure JMJ is self destructing about now because he can’t process the fact that someone who does not believe his crackpot conspiracy theories on Katrina (me) would also oppose the war in Iraq (me again).

    I bet it’s going down sorta like when Nash the robot freaked out in Alien. Does not compute, does not fit my world view. Kack kack, ugh.

  4. First document has Laurie Mylorie translating. I stopped reading doubleultraquick.

  5. “doubleultraquick”

    Is that like doublesecretprobation?

  6. “First document has Laurie Mylorie translating.”

    But she’s conclusively proven Saddam is guilty of everything bad that has happened in the last 20 years, including the heartbreak of psoriasis! If you can’t trust her to accurately and objectively translate an Arabic document, who can you trust?

  7. “I am sure JMJ is self destructing about now because he can’t process the fact that someone who does not believe his crackpot conspiracy theories on Katrina (me) would also oppose the war in Iraq (me again).”

    You forget: the right answer for the wrong reason doesn’t count. The Nannybot will run rings around you, logically.

    Quoth the Nannybot: “Eeeee- qua- liiiiiize!”

  8. “You forget: the right answer for the wrong reason doesn’t count. The Nannybot will run rings around you, logically.”

    Tis true. I learned a lot today. I did not know until the FEMA thread that one must be an atheist to perform charity work otherwise it doesn’t count.

  9. This translation posted on Pajamas Media is more interesting:

    In the Name of God the Merciful The Compassionate

    Top Secret

    The Command of Ali Bin Abi Taleb Air Force Base

    No 3/6/104

    Date 11 March 2001

    To all the Units

    Subject: Volunteer for Suicide Mission

    The top secret letter 2205 of the Military Branch of Al Qadisya on 4/3/2001 announced by the top secret letter 246 from the Command of the military sector of Zi Kar on 8/3/2001 announced to us by the top secret letter 154 from the Command of Ali Military Division on 10/3/2001 we ask to provide that Division with the names of those who desire to volunteer for Suicide Mission to liberate Palestine and to strike American Interests and according what is shown below to please review and inform us.

    Air Brigadier General

    Abdel Magid Hammot Ali

    Commander of Ali Bin Abi Taleb Air Force Base

    Air Colonel

    Mohamad Majed Mohamadi.

  10. Lurker writes: “Now we have some real nuclear weapons next door in Iran and our credibility wad has been shot so bad in Iraq that there will basically be nothing that can be done about it.”

    Not so fast.

    Bush may well be the first political suicide bomber.

  11. “Bush may well be the first political suicide bomber.”

    The Slim Pickens character in Dr. Strangelove does seem to fit Bush pretty well so I will buy that. YEEHAAW LOL.

  12. “If you can’t trust [Laurie Mylroie] to accurately and objectively translate an Arabic document, who can you trust?”

    A Aaron

    Joseph Aaron

    Jared Aaronson

    Steve & Karen Abbey…

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