Saddam and al Q'aidah: It is! It ain't! It is! It
ain't! Well, it ain't!
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
Donald L Feinberg
Eric Schmitt quoted him in The New York Times, on September 27, 2002:
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today that American
had "bulletproof" evidence of links between Al Qaeda and
the government of President Saddam Hussein of Iraq.
Mr. Rumsfeld said that recently declassified intelligence
suspected ties between Al Qaeda and the Iraqi government, including the
presence of senior members of Al Qaeda in Baghdad in "recent periods," were
"factual" and "exactly accurate."
And leading up to the war? Rumsfeld said:
"We have what we consider to be very reliable reporting
senior level contacts going back a decade, and of possible chemical and
biological agent training. And when I say contacts, I mean between Iraq and
al Qaeda," Rumsfeld said at the time.
"We have what we believe to be credible information that Iraq and al
have discussed safe-haven opportunities in Iraq, reciprocal nonaggression
discussions. We have what we consider to be credible evidence that al Qaeda
leaders have sought contacts in Iraq who could help them acquire ...
weapons of mass destruction capabilities," Rumsfeld added at the time."
AP Headline (USA Today), September, 2003: "Rumsfeld
sees no link between Saddam Hussein, 9/11"
Now, today, in
Reuters (Will Dunham):
Rumsfeld, during a question-and-answer session before the Council on
Foreign Relations in New York, was asked to explain the connection between
Saddam and Usama bin Laden's al Qaeda network, blamed for the Sept. 11,
2001, attacks on America.
"I have seen the answer to that question migrate in the intelligence
community over a period of a year in the most amazing way. Second, there
are differences in the intelligence community as to what the relationship
was," Rumsfeld said.
"To my knowledge, I have not seen any strong, hard evidence that links
two," Rumsfeld added.
Of course, he wouldn't say, "Saddam didn't attack us. Usama
Bin Laden attacked us." (Gee. I know that. I know that!)
What a cool way to try to take some heat off Cheney! We'll see how closely
Darth sticks to Rummy's words and script Tuesday night.
Donald L Feinberg
A BUZZFLASH READER
"One fundamental principle must be borne in mind constantly ... propaganda
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