According to the indictment, bin Laden and al Qaeda forged alliances with the National Islamic Front in Sudan and with representatives of the Government of Iran and its associated terrorist group Hezballah with the goal of working together against their 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,” the indictment said.
To me this tremendously bolsters Bush’s claim that Iraq and Al Queda were linked
Although this is pretty much exactly what I believe, I would hardly call it “preferable.” Maybe “reprehensible.” Or “impeachable.”
As to the original issue, the government seems to have all but conceded that Iraq and al Qaeda had few, if any, contacts, so the fact that DOJ thought differently 10 years ago isn’t really that important.