Contrary To Senate Report, Snow Insists Saddam Had "Relationship" With Al-Zarqawi
Last Friday, the Senate Intelligence Committee — chaired by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), one of the President’s most loyal allies — concluded that there was absolutely no relationship between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda operative Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi.
Here’s the key quote from page 109:
Saddam Hussein attempted, unsuccessfully, to locate and capture Al-Zarqawi and … the regime did not have a relationship with, harbor, or turn a blind eye toward Zarqawi.
Nevertheless, at yesterday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow insisted that Saddam had a “relationship” because Al-Zarqawi was in the country. Snow refused to “go into the vagaries of the Senate report.”
SNOW: And there was a relationship in this sense: Zarqawi was in Iraq. Al Qaida members were in Iraq. They were operating, and in some cases operating freely. From Iraq, Zarqawi, for instance, directed the assassination of an American diplomat in Amman, Jordan. ...
QUESTION: Saddam Hussein knew they were there. That’s it for the relationship?
SNOW: That’s pretty much it.
This is the equivalent of saying that the United States government had a “relationship” with unibomber Ted Kaczynski because he was “operating” in the United States.
The White House’s insistence that Al-Zarqawi had a relationship with Saddam — in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary — borders on pathological.