Saddam denied any connections to the "zealot" Osama bin Laden, cited North Korea as his most likely ally in a crunch, and shared President George W. Bush's hostility towards the "fanatic" Iranian mullahs, according to the FBI records of conversations from February through June 2004 between Saddam and Arabic-speaking agents in his detention cell at Baghdad International Airport.
Marcy Wheeler sorts through the interviews. Much of this we knew. But the further away the decision to wage war in Iraq to remove WMDs gets, the more indefensible it seems. I lean toward the theory that it was an almighty screw up rather than a conspiracy, because history is usually like that. But it's complicated and only a few more years will help us understand it better.
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