Cheney Continues to Lie About Iraq

6 04 2007

Never in my life did I imagine an administration as bad as the Bush/Cheney administration. Dick Cheney continues to lie about the pre-invasion connection between Iraq an Al Queda. He is shameless, and shameful.

From the Australian Broadcasting Company:

No link between Saddam and Al Qaeda: Pentagon

Interrogations of Saddam Hussein and seized documents have confirmed the former Iraqi regime had no links with Al Qaeda, according to a Pentagon report, contradicting the US case for the 2003 invasion.

A two-page resume of the report was published in February, but on Friday (local time) the Pentagon declassified the whole 120-page document.

According to the inspector general of the US Defense Department, information obtained after Saddam’s fall confirmed the pre-war position of the Central Intelligence Agency and Pentagon intelligence that the Iraqi Government had had no substantial contacts with Al Qaeda.

This position was shored up by interrogations of Saddam, the former Iraqi president and other top officials captured by the US-led coalition forces in Iraq, the report said.

It contradicts a strong argument for the invasion made by the administration of President George W Bush that Baghdad had a working relationship with Al Qaeda.

The network, based in Afghanistan and led by Osama bin Laden, was behind the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States in which almost 3,000 people were killed.

The report noted that the office of then-undersecretary of defence Douglas Feith, one of the foremost advocates for invading Iraq after the 2001 attacks, had ignored the CIA’s position.

He characterised the supposed Al Qaeda-Iraq relationship as “mature” and “symbiotic” in a September 2002 briefing to the chief of staff of Vice-President Dick Cheney.

The Feith briefing alleged that the two cooperated in 10 areas, including training, financing and logistics.

But the new report says the US intelligence community had concluded at the time there were “no conclusive signs” of links between Iraq and Al Qaeda, and that “direct cooperation … has not been established” between the two.

Prior to the war there was little public dispute inside the United States over the Bush Administration’s assertions linking Iraq and bin Laden’s group.

But since the invasion, a number of intelligence officials have alleged the White House and its backers ignored their intelligence and “cherry picked” information to support their arguments for a war.

In a radio interview Wednesday (local time) Mr Cheney insisted on a pre-war link between Iraq and Al Qaeda, saying the group was working in Iraq “before we even arrived on the scene”.

“As I say, they were present before we invaded Iraq,” Mr Cheney said.

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