Monday, October 02, 2006

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.


Anonymous whoop4467 said...

David - the repukes are not dumb, quite the contrary, they know exactly how effective their lies are to the ears of the un-educated, un-read "sheep" they are trying to influence. If you want a better understanding of why their lying is so effective then read John Dean's "Conserative Without Conscience". It is a must read for anyone that loves America.

3:31 AM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

Agreed, Whoop. If Boehner can keep implying there are "two sides" to the Saddam-9/11 story, then he can convince some Republicans who might drift away (or not vote) that the GOP knows what it is doing.

9:50 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

We have the NIE.
And now we have new books by Woodward and Powell.
Combined all provide evidence beyond a reasonable doubt what many have been savaged and ridiculed by the Bush apologists for accurately asserting for years: the Bush Administration has lied to congress and the American people from the very beginning on the reality of the Iraq War.
It has not listened to dissenting opinions on Iraq from authoratative sources within the administration, which itself has been unable to agree on a coherent plan on how to conduct the war.
The Bush Administration has in the meantime floated within its bubble state of denial to the point where Bush wouldn't change course even if his wife and dog Sparky told him so.
Living in Oz, Bush has cut and run from Al Queda and has cut and run from Afghanistan at the expense of our national security.
We have all inherited this historical failure and incompetence.
As the bodies and the national deficit continue to mount, the Bush Administration's credibility on Iraq and terrorism continue to evaporate into thin air.
Yet, we have political apologists like Boehmer hopeing there will still be a few left swirling around the bottom of the base who can still believe in this bullsh**.

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Hubert Flottz said...

They all need to check in to rehab.


11:14 AM  
Anonymous Double T said...

There should be entire wing at the psychoward..........

to house bushco.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Solly Mack said...

So Boehner is calling Bush a liar? lololol

Because Bush said Iraq had nothing to do with September 11th.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous demnan said...

Got to wonder what's in those cigarettes he chain smokes

11:15 AM  
Anonymous LynnTheDem said...

He still doen't know the FACT that Saddam & al Qaeda/OBL were ENEMIES.

He and a few deeply stupid freepers are the only idiots in the entire world who still think Iraq/Saddam had anything whatsoever to do with 911.

Even bush, rice, rummy & powell have admitted the FACT; Iraq & Saddam had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with 911.

How embarrassing to be as stupid as boehner and freeping rightwingnut morans. Poor things.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous flyarm said...

stfu are just another rethug lying sack of shit..just stfu!

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Double T said...

These bastards will never give up lying and deceiving

11:17 AM  
Anonymous RedStateShame said...

Still waiting to hear

"That depends on what your definition of role is."

11:18 AM  
Anonymous trinity said...

LynnTheDem said...
"He still doen't know the FACT that Saddam & al Qaeda/OBL were ENEMIES."

Sometimes, what frustrates conservatives like myself the most, is the fact that some of you libs are just so simplistic and knee-jerk partisan. You would sooner believe that the Bush Administration are all liars, and that those, like myself, who support our efforts in Iraq are nothing but a herd of blind sheeple. It's really insulting.

Granted, MSM doesn't delve into much of this research because it doesn't jibe with their predominently anti-war, anti-Bush agenda, so you have to actually do some research yourself, but in truth, the story of Saddam Hussein's Iraq, and the relationship that existed between him and his most loyal supporters, members of the Baath party, and foreign terrorists, is very complex.

If you were truly interested in finding out the FACTS, though, you would discover that there is quite a bit of information out there that would indicate that things are not quite as "black and white" as you all make them out to be.

Do some research on the city of Fallujah, for instance, and you will learn that many of Saddam's most loyal and favored officers lived there, and that there was in fact a relationship between these senior Baathists and a group of foreign Islamic Sunni terrorists who ended up in Fallujah. Furthermore, that relationship went back prior to our invasion of Iraq.

It is precisely these very different factions, Saddam's officers and foreign terrorists, complicated by support from Iran as well, that are behind the relentless, violent insurgency that our troops are up against today.

Whether Saddam Hussein was happy that these outsiders were operating within his country or not, I think is rather irrelevant. They were in fact there, and to believe that he wasn't aware of it seems a bit naive.

3:05 PM  

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