<div>It discloses for the first time an October 2005 CIA assessment that prior to the war Saddams government did not have a relationship, harbor, or turn a blind eye toward Zarqawi and his associates. Bush and other administration officials have said that the presence of Zarqawi in Iraq before the war was evidence of a connection between Saddams government and al-Qaida.
<div>The long-awaited report, said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., a member of the committee, is a devastating indictment of the Bush-Cheney administrations unrelenting, misleading and deceptive attempts to link Saddam to al-Qaida. The report, two years in the making, comes out amid a series of Bush speeches stressing that pursuing the military effort in Iraq is crucial to winning the war on terrorism, and two months before that policy will be tested in midterm elections.
<div>Post: Ted Moffett</div>