How can Dick Cheney have any credibility about anything? This guy is on the record multiple times after 9-11 making the case that Saddam Hussein was in league with Osama bin Laden. And now he claims no such thing? Let’s start with the video evidence:
Too bad John Edwards was not as concerned about telling the truth of his extramarital affair, but he did get it right in challenging Cheney. So now we have the spectacle of Dick Cheney debunking Dick Cheney. He tells Greta van Sustern:
“On the question of whether or not Iraq was involved in 9-11, there was never any evidence to prove that,” he told the Fox host. “There was “some reporting early on … but that was never borne out… [President] George [Bush] … did say and did testify that there was an ongoing relationship between al-Qaeda and Iraq, but no proof that Iraq was involved in 9-11.”
Watch the extended interview here:
Richard Clarke wrote an excellent op-ed recently recalling the fixation of the Bush Administration on Iraq in the immediate aftermath of 9/11:
The first response they discussed was invading Iraq. While the Pentagon was still burning, Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld was in the White House suggesting an attack against Baghdad. Somehow the administration’s leaders could not believe that al-Qaeda could have mounted such a devastating operation, so Iraqi involvement became the convenient explanation. Despite being told repeatedly that Iraq was not involved in 9/11, some, like Cheney, could not abandon the idea. Charles Duelfer of the CIA’s Iraq Survey Group recently revealed in his book, “Hide and Seek: The Search for Truth in Iraq,” that high-level U.S. officials urged him to consider waterboarding specific Iraqi prisoners of war so that they could provide evidence of an Iraqi role in the terrorist attacks — a request Duelfer refused. (A recent report indicates that the suggestion came from the vice president’s office.) Nevertheless, the lack of evidence did not deter the administration from eventually invading Iraq — a move many senior Bush officials had wanted to make before 9/11.
Thank God for videotape. While Bush and Cheney will try desperately to rewrite history, we know what they said and how they did their best to propagandize the American people.