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Thursday, September 18, 2003  

Oh, and incidentally,Bush yesterday also distanced himself from Cheney's outrageous lies about an Iraq-Al Qaida connection.

""No, we've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with September the 11th."

Recall, if you will, what Dick said:

We learned more and more that there was a relationship between Iraq and al-Qaeda that stretched back through most of the decade of the ’90s....

With respect to 9/11, of course, we’ve had the story that’s been public out there. The Czechs alleged that Mohamed Atta, the lead attacker, met in Prague with a senior Iraqi intelligence official five months before the attack, but we’ve never been able to develop anymore of that yet either in terms of confirming it or discrediting it. We just don’t know.

Well, according to the President, you do. Or maybe not. After making his nice, clear declarative statement ("we've had no evidence"), Bush indulged in the same kind of backing-off-while-not-looking-like-you're-backing-off that Rummy and Condi modeled two days ago:

"Now, what the vice president said was is that he has been involved with Al Qaeda. And al-Zarqawi, an Al Qaeda operative, was in Baghdad. He's the guy that ordered the killing of a U.S. diplomat.... There's no question that Saddam Hussein had Al Qaeda ties."

So I guess what Cheney said was true. "I think it's not surprising that people make that connection." I mean after all, that's the impression the White House has been pushing for a year. And sorta kinda continues to push, apparently.

And on that note, I'm outta here--at least for the rest of the morning.

posted by Jeff | 9:05 AM |
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