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Steve Hayes at The Weekly Standard is not particularly stunned that part of the reason President Bush does not talk about known links between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and international terrorism is because he apparently is not shown or consciously made aware of some important post-invasion evidence.

Next, someone should make sure that George W. Bush sees the IDA report on Iraq and terrorism. National Security Adviser Steve Hadley was supposed to have shown Bush the report before it was released publicly. But Hadley is cautious to a fault and believes that there is nothing to gain from revisiting the case for war in Iraq. And there are no indications that he shared the report with President Bush.

Bush would want to see it. Months ago, when we fought to have the Iraqi documents translated and released, Bush's White House staff kept him in the dark. Even after Bush told then-Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte that he wanted the documents out, the DNI slow-rolled the process and the White House staff argued against sharing the secrets of the Iraqi regime.

Those were mistakes and they have cost the president. But now we have enough of the regime's documents to know that Saddam Hussein support jihadist terror for years. And, as the Wall Street Journal pointed out Monday, it's clear that the CIA underestimated Iraqi support for terrorism. The White House should talk about it.

I have long held that history will ultimately vindicate President Bush, and hopefully within his lifetime. He could make significant strides toward his own vindication by simply discussing the evidence shown light in the Iraq Perspectives Project report.

But that is presuming he has actually seen it. And as Steve Hayes points out, that is not necessarily an accurate presumption. It may in fact be flat wrong.