Friday, June 18, 2004
I am p****'d off and here's why!
Cheney blasts media on al Qaeda-Iraq link
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday the evidence is "overwhelming" that al Qaeda had a relationship with Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, and he said media reports suggesting that the 9/11 commission has reached a contradictory conclusion were "irresponsible."
"There clearly was a relationship. It's been testified to. The evidence is overwhelming," Cheney said in an interview with CNBC's "Capitol Report."
Members of 9/11 commission found "no credible evidence" that Iraq was involved in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks carried out by al Qaeda hijackers, and they concluded that there was "no collaborative relationship" between Iraq and Osama bin Laden, the network's leader, according to details of its findings disclosed Wednesday at a public hearing.
Both Cheney and President Bush are strongly disputing suggestions that the commission's conclusion that there were no Iraqi fingerprints on the 9/11 attacks contradicts statements they made in the run-up to the Iraq war about links between Iraq and al Qaeda.
Bush, who has said himself that there is no evidence Iraq was involved in 9/11, sought to explain the distinction Thursday, saying that while the administration never "said that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated" with Iraqi help, "we did say there were numerous contacts between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda."
"The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and al Qaeda [is] because there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda," the president said.
Okay, the above is what Bush/Cheney are saying as reported on CNN's web site. Is the flimsy relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda the latest excuse for going to war with Iraq? If so, I'm madder than hell and here's why.
Saudi Arabia had/has much strong ties to Al Qaeda than Saddam ever had. OBL is/was a Saudi citizen. The Saudi's have provided direct financial support to Al Qaeda and may still be doing so. Let's not forget that 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudis. The 9/11 commission reports there is no credible evidence linking Saddam/Iraq to Al Qaeda on that fateful day so why didn't we invade Saudi Arabia instead of Iraq?