Maureen Dowd's Sunday column in the New York Times became much more popular when a liberal blogger noticed his words as the next-to-last paragraph.
Josh Marshall said in his blog: “More and more the timeline is raising the question of why, if the torture was to prevent terrorist attacks, it seemed to happen mainly during the period when we were looking for what was essentially political information to justify the invasion of Iraq.”
The 'torture' also occured during the Angels' "Rally Monkey" run to the 2002 World Series title. Is there a connection?
The 18 months between 9-11 and the start of the Iraq war was a time aimed at stopping another attack. Since it took a while for Bin Laden to think up and plan the airplane attacks, it was time to find out what information was out there for something looming.
Not everything is about political justification. Some is about saving lives.