Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Monday, April 07, 2008

Why Won't "60 Minutes" Interview Stephen Hayes?

My letter to "60 Minutes":
Since "60 Minutes" appears to be interested in reviewing information about the reasons for going to war in Iraq, perhaps the show should consider having author and journalist Stephen Hayes on as a guest. Hayes has written a book, The Connection, documenting Saddam Hussein's terrorist ties in great detail, as well as writing extensively on the topic for the Weekly Standard.

Yet, for some reason, "60 Minutes" only presents guests such as last night's (4/6/08) Douglas Feith, who add little to nothing to the discussion. Indeed, I suspect Feith's interview was not intended to inform the public on this very important topic at all, but, rather, to reinforce already existing anti-war opinions on the matter. If "60 Minutes" is really interested in exploring the truth of the matter, Stephen Hayes would be a great start.


Cinnamon Stillwell


Anonymous Americaneocon said...

Thanks for writing this!

Keep it up!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008 4:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The arguments raised by Hayes about the Saddam/al-Qaeda relationship have been mostly discounted; they have been rejected by almost all counterterrorism experts and intelligence analysts, as well as by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and by the Bush administration itself. What Hayes called "perhaps the government's strongest indication that Saddam and al Qaeda may have worked together on September 11,"[7] for example, has been described by some other analysts as a mere confusion over names that sounded alike.[8]

Former head of the Middle East section of the DIA W. Patrick Lang told the Washington Post that the Weekly Standard article which published Feith's memo "is a listing of a mass of unconfirmed reports, many of which themselves indicate that the two groups continued to try to establish some sort of relationship. If they had such a productive relationship, why did they have to keep trying?" And, according to the Post, "another former senior intelligence official said the memo is not an intelligence product but rather 'data points ... among the millions of holdings of the intelligence agencies, many of which are simply not thought likely to be true.'"[9]

# 7 Weekly Standard: "The Connection."
# 8 Washington Post: "Al Qaeda Link To Iraq May Be Confusion Over Names."
# 9 Washington Post: "CIA Seeks Probe of Iraq-Al Qaeda Memo Leak."

Thursday, April 10, 2008 11:10:00 PM  

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