What Was Boehner Thinking? (Not On Covering Up For Foley, But On Saddam's "Supportive Role" In 9/11 Attacks)
House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) told MSNBC's Chris Matthews that Saddam Hussein had a "supportive role" in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Here's the Sept. 27 exchange:
MATTHEWS: Do you believe (Saddam Hussein) had a role in 9/11?
BOEHNER: Not a direct role, a supportive role.
MATTHEWS: What was the support?
BOEHNER: Training terrorists, training camps in Iraq ...
MATTHEWS: So Saddam Hussein was in league with the Al Qaeda group?
BOEHNER: He was providing cover for them, yes.
This is yet another desperate effort by the Republican leadership to try to justify the Iraq War. It's not much different than White House Press Secretary Tony Snow lying last month about ties between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda operative Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi. Or Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) falsely suggesting that those behind the Iraqi insurgency and Al Qaeda are the "same group of killers."
As JABBS has noted, the Republican leadership needs to continue promoting the Saddam Hussein might have been important to Al Qaeda theory, because it takes away from the reality that the administration hasn't caught the man behind Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, and amazingly, no longer considers his capture crucial to the war on terror. They promote this theory, even though President Bush said at a recent press conference that Iraq had "nothing" to do with the Sept. 11 attacks.
Boehner can't be this dumb, can he?
Maybe he is. Consider this exchange from earlier in the interview with Matthews:
BOEHNER: Beyond liberating the Iraqi people, we have taken the war to the terrorists. There is no question...
MATTHEWS: The terrorists were in Iraq when we got there?
BOEHNER: Whether they were there or not, it is now the central front in our war with Al Qaeda.
Think about this. Boehner is admitting that it doesn't matter whether there were terrorist in Iraq before we overthrew Saddam Hussein. Yet, in the next breath Boehner is telling Matthews about how Saddam Hussein was allied with Al Qaeda, and training terrorists?
A high school student would get flunked for using such horrible logic. But Boehner is a Republican Party leader.