Outside the Beltway tells me today that Rep. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.) is saying that Saddam Hussein was definitely linked to the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, claiming access to special evidence that nobody else has seen or been able to turn up. Hayes told CNN, “I’m sorry, but you must have looked in the wrong places.” Hayes is the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Terrorism. Do you believe this for even a minute? I would certainly accuse CNN of bias, but not incompetence.
In other Iraq news, more Americans were killed today and more Iraqi insurgents were killed today as well. President Bush urges that we stay and “complete the mission,” while Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has said that the Iraq war could go on for years. What to do, what to do?
Update: Just in from The Jawa Report: CBS is reporting that over 1,000 people who lost relatives in the 11 September 2001 attacks have filed a lawsuit against Iraq and Saddam Hussein alleging that he was involved in the attacks. Maybe they can force Robin Hayes to testify and give up his sources.
Update: And Cranial Cavity points out that life in Iraq these days isn’t all death and destruction; the standard of living has apparently gone up since the 2003 invasion. Almost everyone is making more money, there are more goods to be had in the markets, and Internet cafes, cell phones, satellite dishes and newspapers — some 170 of them — are now widely available.