Perhaps the 9/11 Commission would care to investigate this?
MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) – Russian intelligence services warned Washington several times that Saddam Hussein’s regime planned terrorist attacks against the United States, President Vladimir Putin has said.
The warnings were provided after September 11, 2001 and before the start of the Iraqi war, Putin said Friday, according to the Interfax news agency.
The planned attacks were targeted both inside and outside the United States, said Putin, who made the remarks during a visit to Kazakhstan.
However, Putin said there was no evidence that Saddam’s regime was involved in any terrorist attacks.
…Russia opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning, but Putin said the issue of going to war was separate from a potential Iraqi threat. He said there were international norms that weren’t observed in carrying out the war.Imagine there was no war (it’s easy if you try). Now imagine a terrorist attack (post 9/11) with tens of thousands of American deaths. Then imagine that the attack could be traced directly to Saddam Hussein. Now imagine that the story above comes out after such an attack. What do you think the reaction would be?
I’m thinking something along the lines of, “If you had this intelligence, why didn’t you invade Iraq and remove Saddam?”