From the November 3, 2003 issue: The further connections between al Qaeda and Saddam.Nov 3, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 08 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
IN A LITTLE-NOTICED DECISION in a New York courtroom on September 25, 2003, a man described as Osama bin Laden's "best friend" got some good news. U.S. District Court Judge Deborah Batts ruled that Mahmdouh Mahmud Salim could not be sentenced to life in prison.
Salim--who was present at the founding of al Qaeda in 1989 and who was for years one of bin Laden's most trusted confidants--had been captured in Germany in 1998 and extradited to the United States for prosecution related to his role in the grand conspiracy that resulted in the 1998 bombings at U.S.
From the October 13, 2003 issue: The struggle beneath the leak controversy.Oct 13, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 05 • By JEFFREY BELL
JOSEPH WILSON, the retired ambassador who wants to see top Bush aide Karl Rove "frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs" for allegedly "outing" his CIA-agent wife, wants us to know it's nothing personal against the Bush family. He told a C-SPAN interviewer last week of his warm relationship with former President Bush, who once described Wilson as a "truly inspiring" and "courageous" diplomat for his role in extracting potential American hostages from Baghdad in 1991.
Wilson supported the 1991 war against Iraq and vehemently opposed the war against Iraq in 2003.
Why is it that at restaurants with large plates you always get little food?12:00 AM, Sep 29, 2003 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
I HAVE NEVER LIKED restaurants with large plates. Big plates usually mean tiny portions--and not just because food looks smaller on account of the vast stretches of porcelain between morsels. Not long ago, I ate at a restaurant in suburban Washington where the waiter presented my meal on an artsy earthenware plate roughly the size of a hula-hoop. I could make out several black specks in the middle of the oversized dish.
From the September 1 / September 8, 2003 issue: The evidence mounts, but the administration says surprisingly little.Sep 1, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 48 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
KIDS KNOW exactly when it comes--the point when you're repaving a driveway or pouring a new sidewalk, right before the wet concrete hardens completely. That's when you can make your mark. The Democrats seem to understand this.
For months before the war in Iraq, the Bush administration claimed to know of ties between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's Iraq. For months after the war, the Bush administration has offered scant evidence of those claims. And the conventional wisdom--that there were no links--is solidifying. So Democrats are making their mark.
From the August 4 / August 11, 2003 issue: Notes from liberated Iraq.Aug 4, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 45 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Abu Gharib Prison, Iraq
I MAY BE THE FIRST PERSON in history to have been happy to be inside Abu Gharib prison. The facility, just west of Baghdad, was the heart of Saddam Hussein's torture apparatus. On this day, however, the temperature had reached above 120 degrees, and the sun was relentless. The prison at least provided some shade.
I came as one of six reporters accompanying a small delegation led by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz. We were halfway through a four-day tour of Iraq.
The demise of Uday and Qusay Hussein is good news--but now the administration should provide proof of their deaths to the Iraqi people.12:00 AM, Jul 23, 2003 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
GET THEM ON TELEVISION. On Tuesday, CENTCOM confirmed the killing of Uday and Qusay Hussein in Mosul, Iraq. According to Lt. Gen. Rick Sanchez, "The bodies are in a condition where you could identify them." It may sound gruesome, but the Bush administration should work expeditiously to provide the world with evidence--photographic if it can be done tastefully--that Saddam's murderous sons are, in fact, dead.
More reason to suspect that bin Laden and Saddam may have been in league.5:45 PM, Jul 11, 2003 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
THE INDISPENSABLE Glenn Reynolds has linked to an article in the Nashville Tennessean written by a Tennessee judge who believes he is in possession of documents linking Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.
The judge is Gilbert S. Merritt, a federal appeals court judge invited to help Iraqis construct a legal system in postwar Iraq.
The strange case of an Iraqi agent caught operating on American soil. His arrest may be the first of many.8:00 AM, Jul 11, 2003 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
KHALED DUMEISI, a newspaper publisher in northern Illinois, was surprised when federal agents showed up at a modest condominium in suburban Chicago to arrest the man known to his colleagues in Iraqi intelligence as "Sirhan."
He shouldn't have been shocked. First, the FBI, according to a complaint unsealed Wednesday in Illinois, had the goods on Sirhan.
From the June 30, 2003 issue: They were split over Saddam, but Dems are united against the president.Jun 30, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 41 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
GIVE JOHN KERRY CREDIT. It takes guts to accuse someone of lying when that someone has said essentially what you have been saying for a decade. Which is what John Kerry did last week when he told a gathering of antiwar Democrats in New Hampshire that President George W. Bush "misled every one of us" in making the case for war in Iraq. Kerry called for a full investigation--a rather peculiar request from someone who sounds so certain about its outcome.
Kerry isn't alone. More and more Democrats are going the way of the French.
From the June 23, 2003 issue: . . . for hawks and doves alike.Jun 23, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 40 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
MUCH HAS BEEN SAID and written in recent weeks about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. As the methodical search for those weapons continues in Iraq, the back-and-forth in the United States and Europe about their whereabouts has gone ballistic--with hysterical, unfounded accusations leveled by critics of the war and increasing defensiveness by the Bush administration.
There are two elements to the current debate: substance and politics.
From the June 9, 2003 issue: Whatever happened to Bill Moyers's promise to disclose conflicts of interest?Jun 9, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 38 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
JUST TO DECLARE MY INTEREST at the outset: Bill Moyers and I have a history. I wrote an article about him (PBS's Televangelist, February 25, 2002) that made Moyers mad. The gist of the piece was simple: Bill Moyers flagrantly indulges in the same conflicts of interest, Washington logrolling, and mutual back-scratching that he finds deeply objectionable in, well, everyone other than Bill Moyers.
It turns out that the Arab TV network was on Saddam's payroll. Surprise!6:40 PM, May 28, 2003 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
AS FIERCE FIGHTING in southern Iraq claimed the lives of coalition fighters in early April, Ali Moh'd Kamal, the marketing director for al Jazeera, defended his network's willingness to show British and American soldiers captured by the Iraqis.
"This is the first time the Arab media have had the upper hand on the western media," he told the Mirror, a London newspaper.
He was right, of course.
Paul Bremer is quick on the draw.May 26, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 36 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
PAUL BREMER, the new civilian administrator of Iraq, arrived in the Middle East on Sunday, May 11. The same day, the front page of the Washington Post announced that Barbara Bodine, an American diplomat in charge of postwar Baghdad, would be leaving. On May 13, the controversial interim health minister, a man with deep ties to Saddam Hussein's Baath party, quit his post under pressure after just 10 days. The next day, the Pentagon announced that 15,000 more U.S. troops would head to Iraq to restore order.
The New York Times goes out of its way to misreport the state of the Iraq Reconstruction and Development Council.12:00 AM, May 7, 2003 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
AH, FAIRNESS. Just when you thought the New York Times might have abandoned that quaint principle of journalism, faith is restored. Mine was, anyway, after reading this passage from Douglas Jehl's April 19 story.
"Bush administration officials have long expressed concern that Syria is developing chemical weapons and about its support for organizations the United States considers terrorist, including Hezbollah and the Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad."
"The United States considers terrorist."
Of course, pretty much everyone considers these groups terrorist.