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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060746734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060746735
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,772,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Weekly Standard reporter Hayes marshals a wealth of evidence that, in contrast with the tenuous connections that have so far made news, point to ties between Saddam Hussein's regime and al-Qaeda. Most intriguingly, Hayes finds links between Iraq and the 1993 World Trade Center bombers, one of whom apparently received shelter and financial support from Iraq after the attack. Hayes also gets confirmation by Czech officials of the alleged Prague meeting between September 11 hijacker Mohammed Atta and an Iraqi intelligence agent. Elsewhere, Hayes points to Iraqi intelligence documents that mention a "good relationship" with bin Laden. Other sources note an alleged agreement for Iraq to assist al-Qaeda in making chemical and biological weapons. Relying both on "open sources" like news articles, transcripts from the 1998 embassy bombing trials, as well as anonymous intelligence reports and informants, Hayes allows that some of these stories may prove unreliable. But he contends that the number, consistency and varied provenance of reports of high-level contacts between al-Qaeda and Iraq throughout the past decade allows one to "connect the dots" into a clear pattern of collaboration. Despite the frustrating absence of source notes and no knowledge of what cooperative efforts ever came of these contacts, most readers will conclude from this volume that the Saddam–al-Queda thread has some play left in it.
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About the Author

Stephen Hayes is a staff writer for the Weekly Standard. He has been a commentator on CNN, the Fox News Channel, and The McLaughlin Group. He lives outside Washington, D.C.

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41 of 60 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Despite your political leanings, one can read THE CONNECTION and find that there are a wealth of connections between the international terrorism community. It's very clear that the al Qaeda had a massive network of support -- be it financial, material, or providing training space -- and that the organization was intent upon inflicting harm wherever and whenever it say a truly calculated means. I think that Stephen Hayes has done an exceptional job at gathering together what proven and speculative bits have been exposed, and I think he does an exceptional job at putting it together in a fashion that makes the most sense to the average reader.

While the book tries very hard to show a definitive connection between al Qaeda and Iraq, I'm not completely convinced it hits the nail on the head. Yes, it is very clear that members within the Iraqi intelligence community were aware of al Qaeda, offered them support and training facilites, etc., but what the book falls short of convincing me is whether or not Saddam Hussein was aware and/or endorsed these activities.

More than anything, I think Hayes underscores that, when you're dealing with intelligence, there very rarely is a "smoking gun" ... rather, there's a lot of smoke one has to peer through in order to get to the bottom in order to reach any conclusions.

Kudos to the book for being accessible to the general public: there are an awful lot of difficult names and places (for a non-political thinker and reader like myself). Instead of spending time exploring the background of these folks and places, Hayes concentrates of current events mostly -- 1990s to the present -- in order to make his case.
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24 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Especially people like Dan who quotes that infamous and erroneous 9/11 commission report in which the media, democrat and liberal jumped on like flies on s**t to say the were "no connections between Iraq and Al Queda." However, Kean and Hamilton said recently: "Were there contacts between Al Qaeda and Iraq?" Kean asked himself. "Yes . . . no question." Hamilton joined in: "The vice president is saying, I think, that there were connections . . . we don't disagree with that" John F. Lehman, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that documents captured in Iraq "indicate that there is at least one officer of Saddam's Fedayeen, a lieutenant colonel, who was a very prominent member of al Qaida." People, there are known connections between Iraq and Al Queda, even Clinton's admin acknowledged this (re: Sudan). This is an important book for curious people who dont trust the press and really want some information on this topic. No they don't have connections with 9/11, but nobody in the Bush admin has purported it EVER. Only the media has been making the connection with their numerous unscientific polls and with their warped and lazy reporting having the general public in the dark about the truth about the extent of Al Queda's tentacles. I think we are in for big surprises in the future when more revelations are found. Thanks, not to the mainstream media, but to investigative journalists like Mr. Hayes who actually wants to find the truth - not bend it. After reading this you wont have a doubt that Iraq and Al Queda are connected and posed a potential threat to the U.S. Dont let your political views blind you. Fact is, a connection helps Bush immensley as far as justification for the Iraq.Read more ›
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49 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2004
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Looking at the previous reviews of this book, the ones with few stars are obviously politically motivated. It's doubtful that they've read the book, and some indulge in outrageous and even dystopian tangents that have no connection to the subject at hand. However, after the outcry for "connecting the dots" after 9-11 it doesn't make sense to sweep other connected dots under the rug. Did Saddam Hussein have connections to terrorists? Indisputably. To argue otherwise is to hide one's head (to speak diplomatically) in the sand. Was he connected to 9-11? Possibly. The important thing to understand is that author Stephen F. Hayes can only put forth "dots". Like any good prosecuting attorney, he presents his case clearly, giving exhibits that build a case on circumstantial evidence. But to be fair, the "dots" that should have been connected to stop 9-11 (if it could be humanly stopped) are also tenuous, unless one sees them with the benefit of hindsight. I will not say whether Hayes (in the interest of full disclosure, it must be said he works for the _Weekly Standard_, which raises as much hackles as a worker for _The New York Times_ to a so-called Neo-Con) proves his case. READ THE BOOK FOR YOURSELF, especially before you have the temerity to write a negative review. In fact, the reviews (all reviews) of this book, including positive ones, should be ignored because they are meaningless.Read more ›
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