Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Cheney lies again about Saddam-Al Qaida link

In his desperation to turn around shrinking support for the war in Iraq, Cheney has resorted to resurrecting one of the most contrived rationales for the conflict. In his recent speech, Cheney offered that Saddam had "long-standing ties" with the terrorist network. He gave no details, as usual, and offered no other support for his statement.

Curiously, this assertion has been very recently debunked by another Bush Administration official, namely secretary of State Colin Powell. A NYTimes article quotes Powell as saying "I have not seen smoking-gun, concrete evidence about the connection."

Who is right? Well, as the bloggers, journalists, terrorism experts, and foreign policy wonks have noted, there is no solid connection between Saddam and anyone in Al Qaida, and only a few Bush Administration officials, namely Bush and Cheney, have even attempted to draw the connection.

As kos from Daily Kos offered,
"But really, isn't this all rather pathetic and bordering on the pathological?"

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