The New York Times has a profile up on our own Chris Carney D-10. Doesn't that sound great? A Democrat representing the 10th Congressional District. The article begins with a review of Carney's work at the Pentagon under Doug Feith's controversial group which stovepiped intelligence on Iraq. As much contempt as I have for Feith and the crap he created for Cheney and Bush prior to the war I also realize Chris was assigned to this task and simply performed his duties as a military officer.
Carney says he still believes there was a small connection between Saddam and Al Qaeda. He believes the Iraqi dictator was smart enough not to slam this door closed as he also did in other strategic areas. Whatever you believe about Saddam he didn't survive as long as he did because he was stupid and did a lot of stupid things. He was very smart and very much a survivor who knew to keep all his options open.
Obviously there were no substantive connections or anything at all related to 9/11 between Iraq and Al Qaeda as we were lied to pre-war. It's the President's fault for allowing Feith's office to even exist and conduct the operations they performed. Going around the established intelligence community and bypassing skilled analysts resulted in cooking the intelligence. This wasn't Carney's fault, it was Bush's.