Captured Iraqi documents and intelligence interrogations of Saddam Hussein and two former aides “all confirmed” that Hussein’s regime was not directly cooperating with al-Qaeda before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, according to a declassified Defense Department report released yesterday. (more..)
In spite of this report, the president just yesterday tried to tie Al Qaeda with Iraq. At Fort Irwin (4/4/07) President Bush stated:
After the attacks of September the 11th I vowed to our country that we wouldn’t tire, that we would use whatever it took to protect us. And so we changed our strategy. The strategy is to defeat the enemy overseas so we don’t have to face them here at home. The strategy is to find those who would kill Americans and bring them to justice. So for those of you in — who have been in Afghanistan, you’re helping this young democracy recover from a period of time in which brutal extremists provided safe haven to an enemy which attacked the United States. Part of our doctrine is if you harbor a terrorist, you’re equally as guilty as the terrorists.
Another part of the doctrine is when you see a threat, we must take threats seriously, before they come here to hurt us. See, what changed on September the 11th is oceans can no longer protect the people in the United States from harm. I saw a threat in Saddam Hussein. The world is better off without Saddam Hussein in power. And so are the citizens of Iraq.
Cheney has continued to talk as if he has some secret knowledge that with his decoder ring he understands and the rest of us, without the ring will never understand.
I guess there’s that old saying that if you say things often enough people will begin to believe you. Or many if you keep saying the same stuff over and over, people stop listening.