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December 14th, 2003

I notice even those who would like it to be true are holding off from endorsing this Telegraph report of an Iraqi memo proving not only that Saddam Hussein arranged the training of S11 terrorist Mohammed Atta and planned the attacks, but that the Niger uranium story was true after all.

The Telegraph seems to have a unique capacity to discover Iraqi memos proving whatever would be convenient on any given day. In the world of Telegraph memos, ties between OBL and Saddam are old news.

Then there’s the memo that supposedly showed that pro-Saddam MP George Galloway received large payments from Saddam. This is currently the subject of court action, but similar documents published by another newspaper have already been discredited.

Update It looks as if this kind of speculation may be irrelevant, if, as reported, Saddam has been captured

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  1. December 14th, 2003 at 22:00 | #1

    Looks like Saddam Hussein has been caught.

    Life in prison for him.

    Four more years of the Presidency for GWB.

  2. December 14th, 2003 at 22:12 | #2

    Cool it Jack. Assuming the reports are confirmed, it will obviously have important symbolic resonance, with attendant morale implications etc. Its implications for GWB’s future, however, will depend on what it translates into down on the ground; surely an imponderable at this stage.

  3. December 14th, 2003 at 22:49 | #3

    TV thing says he’s talking. Interrogating him could take a while.

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