Barack Obama was in Indiana this week, again touting his claims that George Bush misled the U.S. into the war in Iraq, and that Iraq and al-Qaeda had no relationship prior to the U.S. led invasion. He’s likely to make those points over and over as he campaigns outside the U.S. to appease his mysterious legion of cash contributors from overseas.
Coupled with Obama’s campaign, the mainstream media, and everyone else who continue to claim that John McCain was mistaken when he stated, “It’s common knowledge and has been reported in the media that al-Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran; that’s well known. And it’s unfortunate.” Pal Joe Lieberman then whispered to McCain that Iran was training extremists, not al-Qaeda. Excellent clarification Joe, al-Qaeda, of course, is not an extremist group.
The question must be posited: Has anyone, including Obama, read the 9-11 Commission Report?
Apparently not. The report elaborates on Iran-al-Qaeda cooperation as far back as 1991 and Iraq-al-Qaeda collaboration since the mid-1990’s. That is not to suggest McCain has any more insight into Muslim affairs than does Obama, nor that the McCain/Lieberman assertion that al-Qaeda only be classified as extremists when they collaborate with Iran is on point. It’s not. But McCain was correct on the issue of cooperation by those groups and has a bipartisan committee report to back it up.
From page 61 of the Commission’s report:
In late 1991 or 1992, discussions in Sudan between al Qaeda and Iranian operatives led to an informal agreement to cooperate in providing support – even if only training—for actions carried out primarily against Israel and the United States. Not long afterward, senior al Qaeda operatives and trainers traveled to Iran to receive training in explosives… In the fall of 1993, another such delegation went to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon for further training in explosives as well as in intelligence and security. Bin Ladin reportedly showed particular interest in learning how to use truck bombs such as the one that had killed 241 U.S. Marines in Lebanon in 1983. The relationship between al Qaeda and Iran demonstrated that Sunni-Shia divisions did not necessarily pose an insurmountable barrier to cooperation in terrorist operations. As will be described in chapter 7, al Qaeda contacts with Iran continued in ensuing years.
Later, from the 9-11 report chapter entitled Assistance from Hezbollah and Iran to al Qaeda:
As we mentioned in chapter 2, while in Sudan, senior managers in al Qaeda maintained contacts with Iran and the Iranian-supported worldwide terrorist organization Hezbollah, which is based mainly in southern Lebanon and Beirut. Al Qaeda members received advice and training from Hezbollah.
After 9/11, Iran and Hezbollah wished to conceal any past evidence of cooperation with Sunni terrorists associated with al Qaeda.
It seems many politicians are ignorant of these facts, or simply refuse to acknowledge the evidence. Obama, who’ll have us believe he has no connection to Islam, wasn’t born a Muslim and never attended a Muslim school, also wants us to believe he knows all the intricacies of Sunni-Shia relations and that the two Muslim factions would never cooperate to defeat the infidels. All this, despite evidence to the contrary presented in the report he often cites to criticize the Bush administration.
Barack Obama has also repeatedly stated that al-Qaeda wasn’t in Iraq before the U.S. attacked. He continued his false rhetoric recently:
This is what the 9/11 Commission called our “failure of imagination.” And, after 9/11, nowhere was this more apparent than in our invasion of Iraq. Instead of adjusting to the stateless threats of the 21st century, we invaded and occupied a state that had no collaborative relationship with Al Qaida.
Yet, the 9-11 Commission and report indicates exactly the opposite and that Obama is factually incorrect on this matter. A Commission that was co-chaired by Obama endorsee Lee Hamilton. On page 128 of Hamilton’s committee report, the following evidence is presented:
On November 4, 1998, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York unsealed its indictment of Bin Ladin, charging him with conspiracy to attack U.S. defense installations. The indictment also charged that al Qaeda had allied itself with Sudan, Iran, and Hezbollah. The original sealed indictment had added that al Qaeda had “reached an understanding with the government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the Government of Iraq.“109 This passage led Clarke, who for years had read intelligence reports on Iraqi-Sudanese cooperation on chemical weapons, to speculate to Berger that a large Iraqi presence at chemical facilities in Khartoum was “probably a direct result of the Iraq-Al Qida agreement.” Clarke added that VX precursor traces found near al Shifa were the “exact formula used by Iraq.”
Keep in mind this information was available during the Democratic, Clinton administration – two years before Bush was in office, and the report clearly indicates the Clinton administration knew Iraq and al-Qaeda had an agreement. Clinton was so convinced of this connection, he ordered the al Shifa plant bombed yet Obama ignores these historical facts while claiming Bush misled someone into war. Also of great importance to note is that the lawyers defending the al Shifa chemical factory, Jones Day, are large contributors to the Obama campaign.
Although Obama’s senior foreign policy adviser would not say Iran has not worked with Al-Qaeda in the past, maybe she should discuss it with Hamilton to confirm or refute his 9-11 Committee report.
Ms. Rice stipulated in the interview that she was not saying Iran and Al Qaeda have never worked together, but that “there is no body of evidence to suggest Iran is aiding Al Qaeda in Iraq.”
So, are we to believe Obama’s assertion that Iran has worked with al-Qaeda in the past, but throughout the Iraq war, Iran has been boycotting any cooperation with insurgents in neighboring Iraq?
Maybe Obama should also confer with General Ray Odierno (profiled by Creeping Sharia here), who suggests Iran is responsible for increased bombing accuracy in Iraq. Or maybe Obama is more comfortable with intel from Muslim sources:
A former commander of a group that has at times aligned with Al Qaeda in Iraq, the Islamic Army of Iraq, Abu Azzam al Tamimi, told Al Arabiya television on January 18, 2008, that Iran “interferes in every aspect in Iraq.” When asked whom Iran supports, Mr. al Tamimi said, “Everybody — it works with the government, with the opponents of the government, with the opponents of the government’s opponents, with Al-Qaeda, with the enemies of Al-Qaeda, with the militias, with the enemies of the militias … Iran spreads its investments everywhere – with the Shiites, the Sunnis, and the Kurds,” according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
The 9-11 Commission Report clearly indicates that al-Qaeda was collaborating with both Iran and Iraq before 9-11, and there is a plethora of evidence proving Iran continues to collaborate with al-Qaeda, in Iraq and elsewhere. Even TIME magazine wrote about the 9-11 findings in a report entitled, “9/11 Commission Finds Ties Between al-Qaeda and Iran.” Apparently Obama being a TIME cover boy doesn’t mean you have to actually read the magazine.
The mindset that Obama can fairly berate McCain for stating the obvious, and press the President for not implementing the 9-11 Commission recommendations fast enough while denying the facts of the report that led to those recommendations is telling. Additionally, his latest foreign policy gaffe is that he faults the current administration for attacking a ‘state’ – Iraq, when the enemy is ‘stateless’, yet he continues to push for the invasion of two states – Afghanistan and Pakistan. The former having defeated the Russians, and the latter a nuclear armed state with tenuous leadership that may just retaliate with those nukes.
Be it ignorance, or stubborn reluctance to accept reality, it does not bode well for the safety of America.