yes, a puppet

Glenn takes the Karry campaign to task for calling Iyad Allawi, installed Prime Minister of Iraq and former Baathist/Mukhabarat ally of Saddam Hussein, a puppet.

Judge for yourself. Allawi was interviewed by Jim Lehrer on PBS. Cue the transcript:

JIM LEHRER: What would you say to somebody in the United States who questions whether or not getting rid of Saddam Hussein was worth the cost of more than a thousand lives now and billions and billions of U.S. dollars?

PRIME MINISTER IYAD ALLAWI: Well, I assure you if Saddam was still there, terrorists will be hitting there again at Washington and New York, as they did in the murderous attack in September; they'll be hitting also on other places in Europe and the Middle East.

Clearly Allawi has no scruples about repeating a long-discredited lie (about Saddam's link to 9-11) in service of Bush-Cheney '04 re-election efforts (Cheney: vote for us or die). And he seem to have forgotten Beslan, Madrid, Bali...

but hey, he's our sonofabitch.

Meanwhile, back in reality, Gary Hart speaks.


Dan said...

Like I mentioned on my blog and Laura Rozen's, that map, while a wonderful rhetorical point, is every bit as misleading if not just plain wrong as anything the Bush administration has ever said about Iraq ties to al-Qaeda.

In addition, I would note that Allawi was also the source of document that most authorities on the subject consider to be bunk from Saddam Hussein to Mukhabarat external operations director Tahir Jalil Habbush originally reported in the Daily Telegraph on the issue of an Iraqi connection to the 9/11 attacks. Allawi may have his own opinion on the document from his many years of serving in the Iraqi Mukhabarat or he may not be aware of data to the contrary. I think that the document is probably bogus for a number of reasons, but that doesn't excuse allowing that there is also a perfectly reasonable explanation for Allawi's comments.

Aziz Poonawalla said...

The basic point though remains - Saddam sufferred no al qaeda in Iraq because it risked his own control. The claims by the administration were either willfully incompetent or blatant deception - somewhere in between, most likely.

And for Allawi to have believed in those ties at one point is fine. But to repeat the talking point today, is nonsensical. No excuses can be made.