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To: optimistically_conservative
Her statement ... came despite long-standing administration charges the ousted Iraqi leader was linked to the al Qaeda network accused of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Why is that word "despite" in there? Saddam can be "linked" to "Al Qaeda", and not have been behind 9/11, at the same time. The article makes it sound as if the two are necessarily in conflict when they are not.

By the way, I don't believe it's true that there were ever "long-standing administration charges the ousted Iraqi leader was linked to the al Qaeda network".

Oh yeah, and "Al Qaeda" isn't merely "accused of the Sept. 11 attacks", they've claimed credit for them.

The bias in this article works on multiple recursive levels.

Those charges helped fuel a widespread U.S. public belief that Saddam had a role in the attacks.

The above sentence isn't a factual piece of news. The author of this article knows no such thing and cannot prove this and has no objective data on which to base this claim.

14 posted on 09/16/2003 5:32:24 PM PDT by Dr. Frank fan
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To: Dr. Frank
EXCELLENT analysis. We need you here at FR more often, I see.
16 posted on 09/16/2003 5:33:52 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Dr. Frank
if the truth were to be told, Saddam likely did have a hand in 9/11, the 93 WTC, and he sent the anthrax.
21 posted on 09/16/2003 5:37:58 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: Dr. Frank
By now every thinking person can see all these Islamo-facist groups are basically one and the same. Just because they have different cute names doesn't make there causes different. These groups are all intent on ruling the world, just like the facists/communists/nazis before them.

You can only run around saying you want to kill the non-believers and subjugate the rest for so long. Eventually even the dumbest non-believers get it.

But, Dims will be the last to get it.
41 posted on 09/16/2003 6:07:31 PM PDT by snooker
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To: Dr. Frank
well said. Cogent analysis.

The news media are taking a 'hit piece' approach to the news. An E&P article was posted a week back demanding this kind of "reporting" to attack Bush on saddam 9/11 link.

Saddam had links to *many* terrorist groups. we was giving $25,000 away to every family of palestinian suicide bombers.
He funded the Algerian GIA. Links to Al Qaeda have been mentioned, quietly, but there is evidence from many reports on such links.

You can think of Saddam as a danger the way Iranians and Libyans have been a danger - not just one particular thing, but many malicious acts.
I've seen the murals of the burning twin towers in Iraq, painted in the era of Saddam as a glorious tribute - that's enough to tell us which side Saddam was on in the War on Terror.
54 posted on 09/16/2003 10:36:51 PM PDT by WOSG (Dont put Cali on CRUZ CONTROL.)
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