The story of the connection between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda is one that the Bush administration refuses to make -- not because it isn't true, but because it prefers not to confront its domestic opponents on this point. Nevertheless, the case for the connection grows stronger every day. The administration has left the field to independent journalists such as the Weekly Standard's indomitable Stephen Hayes. In the Standard's current issue, Hayes (with Thomas Joscelyn) returns to the subject in a long, ground-breaking article: "The mother of all connections." Claudia Rosett picks up the theme at OpinionJournal this morning: "Saddam and al Qaeda."
I spoke briefly with Hayes yesterday. He informs me that the Standard Web site will be following up with daily installments on the connection over the next few weeks.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005