I know. I know. This is old news, like Powell, BUT the interesting thing is that "US Joint Forces Command," (JFCOM) a unified comand of the armed forces hired the "Institute for Defense Analysis" (IDA) to study this. IDA is a very upscale "Federally Funded Research and Development Corporation." (FFRDC) It is wholly owned by the federal government and is similar to RAND, and the "Institute for Naval Analysis." (CNA) IDA produced a study on Iraq a couple of years ago that was a model of thoroughness and honesty.
It has been the dogma of the Bush Administration that it must have been true that the Saddamist government and Al-Qa’ida were more or less connected. This was never likely, but the Bushies were insistent, ARE insistent.
So, now we have this new "paper" from IDA which disputes the basic narrative of the Republican story concerning Iraq.
One wonders if the ruling powers at JFCOM thought that they were going to prove the Bushy thesis or disprove it. Perhaps they just wanted to know the truth? Nah. That can’t be right. pl