Saturday, March 18, 2006

The Harmony Database

Let us hope for a Symphony to result.

Others have been thoroughly covering the recent release of some documents seized from the Hussein regime subsequent to the liberation of Iraq, so I have not felt any urgency to comment. However, there are interesting things emerging and if you have not seen the following links, you may find it worthwhile to visit them:

Foreign Military Studies Office Joint Reserve Intelligence Center
Operation Iraqi Freedom Documents
At the request of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the US Army Foreign Military Studies Office has created this portal to provide the general public with access to unclassified documents and media captured during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The US Government has made no determination regarding the authenticity of the documents, validity or factual accuracy of the information contained therein, or the quality of any translations, when available.
How Saddam Fooled Everyone, Including Himself
Strategy Page

Saddam's Philippines Terror Connection

The Weekly Standard
Stephen F. Hayes

Hayes has been dogged in his pursuit of these documents and has played a major role in getting them released.

It is very puzzling why these documents were not released earlier. It may not be that they would have shut down the "Bush lied!" lies. It is certain that they would have damaged that campaign.

"Bush lied" has become a viral meme. It is entrenched enough that not even having Saddam brag about hiding his WMDs in Syria or his Al-Qaeda training camps will kill it. Why did releasing these documents, which support the Bush administration's arguments about the reasons for the Iraq war, take so long? Open the Iraq Files

Update: 12:25PM 19-Mar-2006. This is also not new, but if you haven't heard of it by now you should. Released Saddam papers hint at links to Al-Qaeda

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

So Saddam lied.
And all we hear is "Bush lied".

Hershblogger said...

Yes, and we never hear the followup to that - Saddam had the power to stop the invasion. If he'd opened up to the inspections demanded by the UN, the invasion would have become impossible.