Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Cheney's falsehoods

What Dick Cheney said tonight:

Cheney and Edwards Debate Transcript: "CHENEY: The senator has got his facts wrong. I have not suggested there's a connection between Iraq and 9/11, but there's clearly an established Iraqi track record with terror."

Never suggested such a connection? False.
"We have never claimed that Saddam Hussein had either direction or control of 9/11," Rice added.

But with the White House having asserted otherwise, recent polls showed nearly 70% of Americans believe there was an Al Qaeda-Iraq link to 9/11, and Vice President Cheney said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Iraq was "the geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault for many years, but most especially on 9/11."

Cheney said that, in the aftermath of the attacks, "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; that it involved training, for example."
[Daily News (New York) September 17, 2003]

That certainly is at least a suggestion that there was a connection between 9/11 and Hussein.

OF course, his repeated pushing of the (now-discredited) visits by Atta to meet with Iraqi agents in Czechoslovakia is another suggestion that Hussein was connected with 9/11. Even though the FBI long ago found that Atta was in Florida when the supposed meeting took place, Cheney was pushing this discredited theory.

Cheney is a liar.


gaw3 said...

Kerry-Edwards has got to keep hammering this point, forcing Cheney and co. to explicitly dissociate 9/11 and Iraq. I'm a bit Sullivanesque on Iraq, but I think the administration needs to be called to account. They are the ones who chose to sell the war by innuendo, and based on the published polls I think much of the swing electorate still links the two.

riffle said...

gaw3 wrote:

" Kerry-Edwards has got to keep hammering this point, forcing Cheney and co. to explicitly dissociate 9/11 and Iraq."

I think they're doing that, and succeeding to some extent. In the blur of poll tidbits I saw that Kerry was leading in "handling Iraq" but Bush still leads in "handling terror."

I hope they can tie all this into the crediblity of Bush, too. How can you trust a guy who has misled the US so consistently?


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