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Thursday, June 17, 2004  

Bush is scrambling. In remarks today, he "insisted" that the Iraqi government had contacts with al Qaida.

The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and al Qaeda, because there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda. This administration never said that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated between Saddam and al Qaeda. We did say there were numerous contacts between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda. For example, Iraqi intelligence officers met with bin Laden, the head of al Qaeda, in the Sudan. There's numerous contacts between the two.

Cheney apparently has gotten him in line. Now he's making similar claims as Dick:

I always said that Saddam Hussein was a threat. He was a threat because he had used weapons of mass destruction against his own people. He was a threat because he was a sworn enemy to the United States of America, just like al Qaeda. He was a threat because he had terrorist connections -- not only al Qaeda connections, but other connections to terrorist organizations; Abu Nidal was one. He was a threat because he provided safe-haven for a terrorist like Zarqawi, who is still killing innocent inside of Iraq.

He's dancing on the edge of blatant lies here. The word "contact" is probably a legally-defensible position--it doesn't imply coordination. But "connections" is a different ball of wax.

con┬Ěnec┬Ětion (n) --

An association or relationship: There appeared to be no connection between the two crimes.

A person, especially one of influence or importance, with whom one is associated, as by kinship or common interests: used her connections to land a job.

A lie? You tell me.

posted by Jeff | 11:28 AM |
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