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Senator Biden's Revisionist History

9:08 AM, Oct 7, 2005 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
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Senator Joe Biden took to the Senate floor yesterday to respond to the president's speech earlier in the day. Biden spoke of the "many fundamental mistakes this administration has made over the past four years." The first? According to Biden: "This administration took our eye of the ball in Afghanistan and diverted our attention and resources to Iraq." Is it impolite to point out that Biden voted to authorize Bush to do so? Details.

Biden's second point is one Bush administration critics have made repeatedly since shortly after the fall of the Baathist regime.

The result is a terrible irony: Iraq now risks becoming what it was not before the war: a haven for the very radical Islamic fundamentalists who would do us harm. Today, the President seemed to recognize some of this self-inflicted damage and that's a good thing. He said that 'the terrorists have now set their sights on Iraq' finally acknowledging that they had not before.

We can debate just how many Islamic fundamentalists used Iraq as a "haven" before the war. But this notion that Iraq and terrorism were, in essence, separate issues before the war is plainly false. And yet the Bush administration does nothing to challenge these silly assertions. The evidence is abundant. Abdul Rahman Yasin, a participant in the 1993 World Trade Center attack, fled the U.S. to Iraq with "Iraqi assistance," according to the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report. Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the most dangerous man in Iraq today, was there a year before the war. Abu Wael, a senior officer in Saddam's Mukhabarat, also served as the No. 3 official in Ansar al Islam.

There's much more.

One example: What has come of the document exploitation project in Doha, Qatar, a DIA-led effort to translate and analyze hundreds of thousands of pages of Iraqi Intelligence documentation? What do those documents tell us about the regime?