Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The Four-Day War

Tom Joscelyn has an outstanding piece on what happened in the immediate aftermath of Operation Desert Fox in 1998. You'll recall that President Clinton was forced into conducting air strikes against Saddam Hussein. Following the four days of attacks, Saddam sought out the help of Osama bin Laden. Joscelyn assembles a mass of reportage on the subject from 1998 and 1999.

It's easy to forget that before George W. Bush invaded Iraq, it was a common assumption that Saddam and bin Laden were linked quite closely. Whenever someone tells you that there is no connection between these two, remember: Actionable intelligence is in the eye of the beholder.

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