The only surprise here is that this study originates at the Pentagon. Apparently, they are no longer making any pretense that Iraq was harboring al Qaeda terrorists. Unfortunately, Congress will not make a move to bring our troops home out of harm’s way.

An exhaustive review of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents that were captured after the 2003 U.S. invasion has found no evidence that Saddam Hussein’s regime had any operational links with Osama bin Laden’s al Qaida terrorist network.

The Pentagon-sponsored study, scheduled for release later this week, did confirm that Saddam’s regime provided some support to other terrorist groups, particularly in the Middle East, U.S. officials told McClatchy. However, his security services were directed primarily against Iraqi exiles, Shiite Muslims, Kurds and others he considered enemies of his regime.

So what do we have to show for all the American blood shed in Iraq? Higher oil prices and a strong allegiance between Iraq and Iran that didn’t formerly exist.