Over at Slate, Hitch uncovers the other Iraq/al Qaeda connection.
He conclude, in part:
It seems obvious that there are those in the Muslim world who dislike or suspect the United States for what it does or does not do, and those who hate it for its very existence. The task of statecraft is to make this distinction and also to work hard and intelligently to make it wider. But to argue that nothing can be done lest it incur the displeasure of the second group is to surrender without a fight, and then to get a fight anyway.
I’ve said it before on this page — we either fight them there or fight them here, and the cost to us here would be too great to bear.