Tuesday, July 06, 2004

9/11 Commission tells Dick "You're Wrong"....what did you think I was going to say they said? Oh Dick, why must you be such a putz? This last week, while on the campaign trail giving shudders to women and scaring children, Cheney continued to sell the Iraqi-Al Qaeda connection, the week before he said he "probably" had access to information that the 9/11 Commission did not have. Well, the verdict is in, and like most other Bush Administration errors this has the odious smell of a lie (I hope Nick Kristof won't cry too much about this). From Reuters:
The Sept. 11 commission, which reported no collaborative links between Iraq and al Qaeda, said on Tuesday that Vice President Dick Cheney had no more information than commission investigators to support his later assertions to the contrary. The 10-member bipartisan panel investigating the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington said it reached its conclusion after reviewing available transcripts of Cheney's public remarks asserting long-standing links between the former Iraqi president and Osama Bin Laden's Islamist militant network. "The 9-11 Commission believes it has access to the same information the vice president has seen regarding contacts between al Qaeda and Iraq prior to the 9-11 attacks," the commission said in a statement. The vice president's office had no immediate comment on the commission statement. Assertions that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and could be prepared to provide chemical or biological agents to al Qaeda for attacks on the United States were a main justification for President Bush's decision to invade and occupy Iraq. No such weapons have been found. Soon after the Sept. 11 commission said in staff report last month that there was no evidence of a collaborative relationship between the two sides, Cheney continued to assert that long-standing links existed.
Dick Cheney is a lyin' SOB (sorry again Nick) but he fits in well with the Bush Administration at large. Barring an indictment he'll stay on the ticket. And as a Democrat, I think that is great.
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