Well, now, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone with two brain cells to rub together:

The report of the joint congressional inquiry into the suicide hijackings on Sept. 11, 2001, to be published Thursday, reveals U.S. intelligence had no evidence that the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein was involved in the attacks, or that it had supported al-Qaida, United Press International has learned.

The revelation is likely to embarrass the Bush administration, which made links between Saddam’s support for bin Laden — and the attendant possibility that Iraq might supply al-Qaida with weapons of mass destruction — a major plank of its case for war.

“The administration sold the connection (between Iraq and al-Qaida) to scare the pants off the American people and justify the war,” said [former Democratic Georgia Sen. Max] Cleland. “What you’ve seen here is the manipulation of intelligence for political ends.”

Unfortunately, the propaganda machine telling us that there was a link has been going so strong for so long now that this news will probably go unnoticed by a fair amount of the American public. Besides, who’s going to notice this story, or much of anything else, when we’re all hearing about the death of Saddam’s sons?

Not that that story doesn’t have questions of it’s own that need answering….

(via Lambert)