The idea that al Qaeda might have been operating in Iraq before Operation Iraqi Freedom wasn't one of the reasons I supported the war. A search through the archives will bear that out.
That said, the al Qaeda/Iraq connection is looking strong than ever. Reading the so-called "Pentagon Papers" just published on the web by the Army, Jason Smith finds this little tidbit:
In fact, if you look at page 5 of that document, you'll see a familiar photo... that of al-Qaida in Iraq terror leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Now remember, this document is dated before the war began.
Question is, why isn't anyone in the White House screaming this stuff from the rooftops?