The Weekly Standard has published another article about the Feith memo.
The editors say that the mainstream media’s failure to run with the Feith memo is a “simple case of media bias.” The editors aren’t surprised by bias among the mainstream media. They state they rarely complain about it, since we take it for granted.
The Weekly Standard editors complain about the administration’s failure to use the memo revelation as an opportunity to substantiate the links between Osama and Saddam:
They produce a memo for the Senate Intelligence Committee laying out the connections between They produce a memo for the Senate Intelligence Committee laying out the connections between Osama and Saddam. We obtain the memo, and make public those parts that don't endanger intelligence sources and methods. But now the administration--continuing a pattern of the last several months--shies away from an opportunity to substantiate its own case before the American people and the world.The editors quote the introduction to part of the Feith memo, called "Summary of Body of Intelligence Reporting on Iraq-al Qaeda Contacts (1990-2003)."
Some individuals have argued that the al Qaeda ties to Iraq have not been "proven." The requirement for certainty misses the point. Intelligence assessments are not about prosecutorial proof. They do not require juridical evidence to support them nor the legal standards that are needed in law enforcement. Intelligence assessments examine trends, patterns, capabilities, and intentions. By these criteria, the substantial body of intelligence reporting--for over a decade, from a variety of sources--reflects a pattern of Iraqi support for al Qaeda's activities. The covert nature of the relationship has made it difficult to know the full extent of that support. Al Qaeda's operational security and Iraq's need to cloak its activities have precluded a full appreciation of the relationship. Nonetheless, the following reports clearly indicate that Osama bin Laden did cooperate with Iraq's secular regime despite differences in ideology and religious beliefs in order to advance al Qaeda's objectives and to defeat a common enemy--the U.S.The editors then pose a number of questions they think the administration should answer about the alleged links between Iraq and alQaeda, including:
Is there in fact "credible reporting" about Iraqi training of al Qaeda in "the areas of poisons and gases and making conventional bombs"?
Is there corroborating evidence for the reports detailed in the memo of 1998-1999 meetings between al Qaeda and Iraqi intelligence in Afghanistan and Pakistan?
What is the "fragmentary evidence" of Iraqi involvement in the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000, and possible Iraqi involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center attack?
Read About That Memo.
I have been following this story for the last two weeks in these posts. While media bias may be taken for granted, it doesn’t make sense that the media would fail to examine in infinite detail a secret Pentagon memo to the Senate Intelligence Committee detailing, in 50 bullet points and over 16 pages, the relationship between Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq.