Wednesday, September 17, 2003

You spin me right round...

The White House is now trying to say, with straight faces, that they've never ever said there was a tie between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida, and if 70 percent of the American public thinks so, it's not their fault.

President Bush said Wednesday there was no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 disputing an impression that critics say the administration tried to foster to justify the war against Iraq.

...The president's comment was the administration's firmest assertion that there is no proven link between Saddam and Sept. 11. It came after Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday clouded the issue by saying, "It's not surprising people make that connection" between Saddam and the attacks.

No, Dick, it's not surprising. Let's think about why people might make that connection, shall we?

Cheney, on NBC's "Meet the Press," also repeated an allegation doubted by many in the intelligence community that Mohammed Atta, the lead Sept. 11 attacker, met with a senior Iraqi intelligence official in Prague five months before Sept. 11.

...The administration has argued that Saddam's government had close links to al-Qaida, the terrorist network led by Osama bin Laden that masterminded the Sept. 11 attacks.

On Sunday, for example, Cheney said that success in stabilizing and democratizing Iraq would strike a major blow at the "geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault for many years, but most especially on 9-11."

Emphasis mine. Do they think that we're stupid? Cheney might as well have said, "There are no ties between Iraq and al-Qaida, coughbullshitcough." Now that would be funny.

Seriously, everybody register to vote right freaking now. Are you really going to let them talk to you like that?

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