Softball on Hardball
Chris Matthews gives Michael Scheuer a pass--again.
4:00 PM, Nov 10, 2005 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
There is also abundant evidence that Scheuer's other claims are meaningless. That the northern part of Iraq, where hundreds of al Qaeda terrorists took refuge, was not formally under Saddam's control is a given. But there is still plenty of evidence that these al Qaeda terrorists, who went after Saddam's enemies among the Kurds and not Saddam's forces, received Saddam's support. (See, for example, here.)
Scheuer's claim that the al Qaeda terrorists who relocated to northern Iraq and received WMD training were "Shia" is also contradicted by the evidence. One of these terrorists was al Qaeda's rising star, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, who briefly led one of al Qaeda's camps in northern Iraq. Zarqawi is renowned for his vehement hatred of the Shia.
One year later Michael Scheuer is still making media appearances.
And one year later interviewers such as Matthews still don't play hardball with him.
Thomas Joscelyn is an economist and writer living in New York.