Cheney admits the obvious.

Even Dick Cheney now admits that there was no link between Saddam Hussein and September 11th, but I guarantee you that there are some dead-enders who will continue to insist that there was a relationship.

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4 replies on “Cheney admits the obvious.”

  1. Uh, Cheney never said otherwise, moonbat misrepresentations to the contrary notwithstanding. So either provide a link to where he did, or apologize for your misrepresentation.

  2. CNN:

    In September 2003, Cheney said Iraq under Saddam had been “the geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault now for many years, but most especially on 9/11.”

    Meet the Press:

    “Well, what we now have that’s developed since you and I last talked, Tim, of course, was that report that–it’s been pretty well confirmed that he did go to Prague and he did meet with a senior official of the Iraqi intelligence service in Czechoslovakia last April, several months before the attack.”

    Asia Times:

    Cheney, always the most aggressive in asserting a link between Saddam and both al-Qaeda and September 11, repeatedly made similar charges, and last fall endorsed the contents of an article in the neo-conservative Weekly Standard – consisting largely of excerpts of a classified document prepared by the Pentagon’s shady Office of Special Plans as “the best source of information” – that concluded: “Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein had an operational relationship from the early 1990s to 2003.”

    The Washington Post:

    Vice President Cheney, appearing on Rush Limbaugh’s radio program, repeated his allegation that al-Qaeda was operating inside Iraq “before we ever launched” the war, under the direction of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the terrorist killed last June.

    “This is al-Qaeda operating in Iraq,” Cheney told Limbaugh’s listeners about Zarqawi, who he said had “led the charge for Iraq.” Cheney cited the alleged history to illustrate his argument that withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq would “play right into the hands of al-Qaeda.”

    Interview with ITN:

    ”We do have information that suggests that there have been links over the years, and continue to be links, between the Iraqi government and Al Qaeda. And the more we look at this the more we are able to look back in time and connect things with people who have come into our custody and other information has become available to us. It’s clear that there is a link.”

    Remarks before the UN Security Council:

    ”But what I want to bring to your attention today is the potentially much more sinister nexus between Iraq and the Al Qaeda terrorist network, a nexus that combines classic terrorist organizations and modern methods of murder.”

    Meet the Press:

    MR. CHENEY: I want to separate out 9/11 from the other relationships between Iraq and the Al Qaeda organization. But there is a pattern of relationships going back many years.”

    Q: But no direct link?

    MR. CHENEY: I can’t –I’ll leave it right where it’s at. I’ve tried to be cautious and restrained in my comments.”

  3. Don’t forget this one from CNN:

    “There was a relationship between al Qaeda and Iraq that stretched back 10 years. It’s not something I made up. … We know for a fact that Saddam Hussein was a sponsor — a state sponsor — of terror.”

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