Timing is everything

As Bush prepares his State of the Union address, sources leak word of an Iraq-based al-Qaida plot against the United States.

Published January 22, 2007 9:10PM (EST)

Friday, Jan. 19, 2007: Previewing Tuesday night's State of the Union address, George W. Bush tells USA Today: "My point is going to be, what happens in Iraq matters to your security here at home."

Monday, Jan. 22, 2007: Sources tell ABC News that, in an "incident that has been dealt with at the highest levels of government," coalition forces discovered documents six months ago that suggest "insurgents reportedly tied to al-Qaida in Iraq considered using student visas to slip terrorists into the United States to orchestrate a new attack on American soil."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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