It's Either True Or It's Not
Today, two bombs exploded in Oslo, Norway doing considerable damage to a Norwegian government building where their prime minister is officed.
There is a link to an Iraqi cleric who threatened the lives of Norwegian politicians, Mullah Krekar, the founder of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam.
This mullah said that, if deported from Norway, he'd be killed, therefore the politicians who deported him deserve the same fate. Norway considered deporting him because they saw him as a national security threat.
In the ABC News article, the writer chose to make an interesting connection. He wrote;
Prior to the Iraq War, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell said Ansar al-Islam was the "sinister nexus between Iraq and the al Qaeda terrorist network."Now then, we've been blasted by the left who assert that Powell was either lying or duped when making this statement. If that is the case, why is it used NOW as supporting evidence of the danger of mullah Krekar?
Either Ansar al-Islam was a connection between Iraq and al Qaeda, or it wasn't. It can't be both. It can't be a connection now, if it wasn't then. If it is a connection now, then it was back when Powell made the statement, too.
So, given the history since Powell said this, if ABC is still reporting it, then I would say there WAS a connection between Iraq and al Qaeda, making Iraq a valid target for invasion in the pursuit of al Qaeda.