Monday, April 21, 2008

Iran and Al Qaeda: what gives?

Last week there were vague media reports to the effect that some officials now consider Iran to be the main threat, not "Al Qaeda." Okay, Sunnis v. Shiites, perhaps.

But then there was the flap over John McCain's claims that Iran has been taking in Al Qaeda operatives, as on the thinkprogress blog, here, and here, where McCain admits he mixed up Al Qaeda and Iraq.

Now, Adam Zagorin and Joe Klein write in Time on April 21, 2008, "9/11 Commission Finds Ties Between al-Qaeda and Iran," link here.

But, four years ago, the news flapped on stories that Iran was holding top Al Qaeda leaders as prisoners, as here (July 28, 2003) on the Christian Science Monitor.

The Morgan Spurlock, in his recent film "Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden" makes the argument that Al Qaeda would have died with Afghanistan and the Taliban had we not gone into Iraq, link here.

When is the enemy of my enemy my friend? Go figure. Apparently not in Iraq.

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