Not that you’ll find that admission on the editorial page. You have to look at this graphic to find a summary of what the administration really said about the link between Saddam and Al Qaeda.
In fact, contrary to news reports, the 9/11 Commission has uncovered contacts between Saddam’s regime and al Qaeda. It’s just that there is no direct evidence connecting Saddam to the attacks on 9/11–which is what the Bush administration, contrary to news reports, has been saying all along.
What puzzles me, though, is why the administration, in its attempts to defend the war in Iraq, hasn’t acknowledged the work of investigative reporter Jayna Davis. Her research has uncovered “two dozen witnesses who identified eight specific Middle Eastern men, the majority of whom were ex-Iraqi soldiers, who were seen with [Timothy] McVeigh and [Terry] Nichols” prior to the 1993 bombing in Oklahoma City.