Oldie but Goodie
Military officials insist their case [in 2003] for attacking Zarqawi¹s operation [a terrorist camp in Iraq] was airtight, but the administration feared destroying the terrorist camp in Iraq could undercut its case for war against Saddam.
Al-Qaida in Iraq before the war. Iraq, that place run by Saddam, the guy who would never work with terrorists . . .
Granted, the bigger story about not wanting to zap the guy years ago is a little disturbing. I’m the kind of guy who would rather deal with them now so I wouldn’t have to deal with them later (Neca eos omnes. Allah suos agnoset . . .). One would think that presenting information to the world that terrorists were in Iraq pre-war would seem to bolster your case, not undercut it, but what do I know?