Saddam, our ally?

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Powerline notes the outlandish claims being made by Michael Scheuer, formerly of the CIA:

The pathetic Michael Scheuer claims that, "in the war against al Qaeda, Saddam Hussein was one of our best allies." And the selectively pathetic Chris Matthews gives Scheuer a free pass on his big lie. Thomas Joscelyn has the details.

JOHN adds: That's an interesting change of heart on Scheuer's part. Scheuer was the head of the CIA's bin Laden unit in 1998, when Clinton's Justice Department indicted bin Laden. Here is a paragraph from Count 4 of the indictment:

Al Qaeda also forged alliances with the National Islamic Front in the Sudan and with the government of Iran and its associated terrorist group Hezballah for the purpose of working together against their perceived common enemies in the West, particularly the United States. In addition, al Qaeda reached an understanding with the government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the Government of Iraq.

Is there a word for a person who gains some measure of attention and then cannot let go so he/she must recycle old material or become even more outlandish in their claims? For instance, Cindy Sheehan, Richard Clarke, Scott Ritter, and now Anonymous.The taste of "fame" leads to the unquenchable desire for more of the same.

Ed Lasky  11 12 05

Thomas Lifson adds:

I believe the techincal term is "an Arianna."

Powerline notes the outlandish claims being made by Michael Scheuer, formerly of the CIA:

The pathetic Michael Scheuer claims that, "in the war against al Qaeda, Saddam Hussein was one of our best allies." And the selectively pathetic Chris Matthews gives Scheuer a free pass on his big lie. Thomas Joscelyn has the details.

JOHN adds: That's an interesting change of heart on Scheuer's part. Scheuer was the head of the CIA's bin Laden unit in 1998, when Clinton's Justice Department indicted bin Laden. Here is a paragraph from Count 4 of the indictment:

Al Qaeda also forged alliances with the National Islamic Front in the Sudan and with the government of Iran and its associated terrorist group Hezballah for the purpose of working together against their perceived common enemies in the West, particularly the United States. In addition, al Qaeda reached an understanding with the government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the Government of Iraq.

Is there a word for a person who gains some measure of attention and then cannot let go so he/she must recycle old material or become even more outlandish in their claims? For instance, Cindy Sheehan, Richard Clarke, Scott Ritter, and now Anonymous.The taste of "fame" leads to the unquenchable desire for more of the same.

Ed Lasky  11 12 05

Thomas Lifson adds:

I believe the techincal term is "an Arianna."