Cheney Still Lying About Link Between Iraq And Al Qaeda
The Senate Intelligence Committee concluded last month that there was absolutely no relationship between Saddam Hussein and the late 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."
But that didn't stop Vice President Dick Cheney from falsely peddling Zarqawi as proof of a connection between Iraq and Al Qaeda.
During an interview yesterday with an Indiana television station, Cheney had this back-and-forth:
Q: ... why, since there has not been a direct connection between al Qaeda and Iraq established?
CHENEY: Well, the fact of the matter is there are connections. Mr. Zarqawi, who was the lead terrorist in Iraq for three years, fled there after we went into Afghanistan. He was there before we ever went into Iraq.
To quote liberal pundit Rachel Maddow: "This is isn't archival footage from 2003. ... Cheney said this yesterday!"
If you take the Senate report into consideration, then by Cheney's logic, the Bush Administration had a "connection" to Mohammed Atta, since he was an operative for Al Qaeda while living in the United States.
White House Press Secretary Tony Snow -- perhaps doing Cheney's bidding -- made a similarly false statement last month during a press briefing. House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) also has recently lied about ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda.
When will the lying stop?