Iraq: Iraq and al-Qaeda: What's Behind a Sinister Flirtation

For months now, America's most powerful argument for invading Iraq has been its least persuasive one: the allegation that an alliance exists between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. Secretary of State Colin Powell attempted last week to explain the basis of the Administration's often befuddling certainty. In his speech to the U.N., Powell presented the most specific case yet that there exists a "sinister nexus," as he put it, between Iraq and bin Laden's al-Qaeda.

Did he prove it? Powell certainly demonstrated a flirtation between the two, if his sources are credible. He cited "an al-Qaeda source" as saying...

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