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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:06 PM
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Bush: I Was Right To Use Non-Existent Link Between Saddam-9/11 To Push For War

Bush: I Was Right To Use Non-Existent Link Between Saddam-9/11 To Push For War

Today, President Bush defended his foreign policy over the past eight years in an address to the Saban Center for Middle East Policy in Washington, DC. At one point, he acknowledged that there was no link between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 attacks but justified using such a connection to push for the Iraq war:

It is true, as I have said many times, that Saddam Hussein was not connected to the 9/11 attacks. But the decision to remove Saddam from power cannot be viewed in isolation from 9/11. In a world where terrorists armed with box cutters had just killed nearly 3,000 people, America had to decide whether we could tolerate a sworn enemy that acted belligerently, that supported terror, and that intelligence agencies around the world believed had weapons of mass destruction. It was clear to me, to members of both political parties, and to many leaders around the world that after 9/11, this was a risk we could not afford to take.

Bush has repeatedly stated that Saddam was not connected to 9/11. However, those statements came only after the war. Prior to the war, Bush and other administration officials repeatedly strove to create the impression that the Iraqi dictator was directly involved in the attacks:

We know that Iraq and the Al Qaida terrorist network share a common enemy: the United States of America. We know that Iraq and Al Qaida have had high-level contacts that go back a decade. (Bush, 10/14/02)

The use of armed forces against Iraq is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations or person who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. (Bushs Letter to Congress, 33/21/03)

If were successful in Iraq we will have struck a major blow right at the heart of the base, if you will, the geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault now for many years, but most especially on 9/11. (Cheney on NBCs Meet the Press, 9/14/03)

The effect was a public who supported Bushs Iraq invasion based on this false premise, along with the equally false claim that Iraq had WMD. A Sept. 2003 poll found that seven in 10 Americans believed Saddam was personally involved in the 9/11 attacks. Nevertheless, Bush has tried to rewrite history and claim that he never made that connection in the first place, saying in May 2006, First, just if I might correct a misperception, I dont think we ever said at least I know I didnt say that there was a direct connection between September the 11th and Saddam Hussein.

Bush still embraces his pre-war lies, as he admitted in his Saban address today, because without them, the public wouldnt have supported his case for war.








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liberalmuse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:09 PM
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1. He deserves the same fate as Saddam.
No less.
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Sebastian Doyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:22 AM
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7. You mean to get away clean with billions of dollars
While some half assed lookalike is "captured" in a pathetically obvious staged "spider-hole" event, followed by a circus show trial and an "execution" documented by a reliable cellphone camera?
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:15 PM
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2. I remember when he actually said it on live tv in a debate with Kerry
Kerry, who seemed to have an incredible ability to actually listen to what Bush said, said, when it was his turn, that President Bush had just said something important - that Saddam Hussein had attacked us. He then paused - and said that OBL attacked us on 911, not Saddam - to which - even before the moderator said it was his turn, Bush said "I know that, I know that" (quotes approximate as it is well known and I am lazy)
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:17 PM
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3. Kerry was a great debater, he really took it to Shrub back then
Bush still does not get it, or get why people dislike his lies.
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:26 PM
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4. Kerry is a great debater,
I think Bush had, in his own mind, decided that Saddam was connected - even as he argues now just vaguely because all middle eastern people he designated as terrorists were the same. It was almost like he was so used to saying just that, that he forgot that Senator Kerry was standing there and he was going to be allowed to dispute the comment. (He may not in some sense been lying - his reality was just warped.)

He seemed almost surprised when the Senator did.
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:50 PM
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5. Please let him keep on talking
He is admitting his guilt, the more he talks the more Americans will demand prosecution.
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:18 AM
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6. KICK!!!
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