Skip to comments.9/11, Iraq: Cheney again claims tie - VP attacks Dems for first time since Libby conviction
Posted on 03/13/2007 12:57:13 PM PDT by SmithL
Washington -- Vice President Dick Cheney, lashing out at Democrats for the first time since the felony conviction of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, his former top deputy, resumed his controversial claims Monday that the war in Iraq is the central front in the worldwide U.S. response to the Sept. 11 attacks.
Cheney linked Iraq and al Qaeda even though post-invasion reports by the Senate Intelligence Committee and the presidential Commission on Intelligence Capabilities found no link between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda before the U.S.-led invasion on March 19, 2003.
In remarks to the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, Cheney contended that U.S. Marines face al Qaeda operatives in Anbar province, that the U.S.-Iraqi security crackdown has unmasked al Qaeda car bomb operations in Baghdad and that Osama bin Laden has promised to make Baghdad the capital of a radical Islamic empire reaching from Indonesia to Spain.
"As we get farther away from 9/11, I believe there is a temptation to forget the urgency of the task that came to us that day, and the comprehensive approach that's required to protect this country against an enemy that moves and acts on multiple fronts," Cheney told the annual conference of the pro-Israel group, which interrupted his speech at least 27 times with applause.
"Iraq's relevance to the war on terror simply could not be more plain," Cheney said. He said al Qaeda terrorists have made Iraq the central front in the U.S. war against terrorism.
The U.S. invasion, occupation and counterinsurgency campaign in Iraq over the past four years has claimed the lives of at least 3,193 U.S. soldiers,
...Cheney has long contended that the U.S. invasion of Iraq four years ago this month was justified in part because of suspected ties between Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda.
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Yes, but al Qaeda wasn't there before we went into Iraq.
So, if al Qaeda HAD been in Iraq before 9-11, it would justify us being there now.
But al Qaeda IS there now, and liberals insist we withdraw?
Have I got the liblogic down on this one?
THIS IS THE SAME GROUP THAT BOOED PELOSI! BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
Tsk, tsk, tsk Mr. Powell, this is an absolute lie. You know what happens to liars, don't you? Keep repeating the mantra and it becomes true.
Sad thing is that 50% of the voting population gets it's 'truth' from such sources.
Though I will. Saddam bore a pan-islamist mindset. Pan-islamism is the ENEMY. Pan-islamists should be killed in masse.
Mow may muslims are islamist?
Yes. War against al Qaeda in Afganistan good. War against al Qaeda in Iraq bad.
It's amazing that libs are so stupid they cannot see that terrorists/al Qaeda are flocking to Iraq to fight the U.S. military there. Is that bad?
There were numerous connections between al Queda and Iraq going back at least 10 years. al Queda fled Afganistan for Iraq after our attack.
But the most significant reason we attacked was to prevent Saddam being able to develop WMDs. He had an entire nuclear weapons research program run in Libya which we did not even know about until Libya turned it over after the invasion.
For some strang reason this Treason Media COMPLETELY covered this up and refuses to investigate it or even discuss it. It never happened if we don't speak of it is their motto.
Even Dick (Dumbass) Clarke claimed Iraq and al Queda were cooperating in the chemical weapons program in the Sudan as did SecDef Cohen.
Iraq-Al Qaida connections are well-documented in Stephen Hayes' or Richard Miniter's books. It's obvious that Saddam and Bin laden were linked, both wanted to destroy America.
Iraq is also strongly suspected to be behind 9/11 as supportive regime. Terrorists in Salman Pack were trained to hijack planes and paid by Saddam. The Atta-Iraqi ambassador meeting in Tcheckya has been attacked by the 9/11 commission, but they had no definitive answer. It's clear now that the 9/11 commission spent more time clearing Clinton's disastrous record on the War on terrorism than looking for Saddam-Bin Laden links.
Zarkawi's group on northen Iraq was also linked with Saddam, who gave money to them. Al Qaida's operative in Afghanistan moved in Iraq in 2002.
Just incredible isnt? However we should not be surprised by the lies of the media anymore, they cannot but lie and lie all the time. Iraq is the absolute center front of the war on terror. It is in Iraq where terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda and terrorist regimes like Syria and Iran decided to fight us, either directly or indirectly using their Iraqi agents and it is in Iraq where we are annihilating these terrorists by them tens of thousands. Once they are defeated in Iraq, and they will be defeated, it is over for the terrorists worldwide, and both the Iranian and Syrian terrorist regimes will not last longer after their defeat in Iraq.
This has got to take the prize for the worst article in quite some time.
Lashing out after the Libby conviction? As IF Cheney's speech on the WOT has anything to do with Libby. Then the obvious garbage word-twisting.
I watched the speech on C-SPAN. Cheney linked Iraq to the WOT and AQ using direct quotes from bin Laden and his minions, AQ believes that Iraq is the central front in its war against us. That's a fact. He also qutoed AQ on what an American defeat in Iraq would mean to achieving their objectives, including Baghdad becoming the capital of their caliphate.
I too can link al-Qaeda with Iraq pre-9/11. All one has to do is read Osama's infamous 1998 fatwa calling for the killing of innocent Americans where Osama spends 20% of the fatwa talking about Iraq.
OSAMA'S 1998 FATWA:
The Al Shifa plant connection and the remarks on it by Richard Clarke are certainly interesting. The 9/11 Commission Report relegates it to a footnote though.
Libs are also too stupid obtuse and/or afflicted with BDS to understand that Iraq was the most natural refuge to which al Qaeda would flee, or source of logistsinc support, once war started in Afghanistan and we gained at least some coopertion from Pakistan's Musharaff in standing firm against al Qaeda taking over Pakistan.
As if, had the US only sent military forces to Afghanistan, al Qaeda would be standing ground and fighting us there. NOT.
They'd have fled like rats to camps in Iraq or camps in Yemen supported by Saddam Hussein's Iraqi intelligence. (No, they would not have gone into Iran enmasse because Iran might not have let them operate freely against the West - Iran is more selective in its terror operations)
Imagine the war against terror if we were NOT engaging al Qaeda in Iraq.
The administration has failed to nail down this strategic multiple front consideration over and over and over again until at least the most stupid conservative fully understood it.
That's what I saw too.
Cheney was quoting AQ sources
Incredible but expected. They have to dupe their easily duped flock of sheep.
Quite amazing that Cheney can actually quote al-Qaeda and Osama and be called a liar. The people are not reporters, they are sheep handlers.
In in 1998, an Arab intelligence officer, who knows Saddam personally, predicted in Newsweek: "Very soon you will be witnessing large-scale terrorist activity run by the Iraqis." The Arab official said these terror operations would be run under "false flags" --spook-speak for front groups--including bin Laden's organization.
Then there were the predictions by an Iraqi with ties to Iraqi intelligence, Naeem Abd Mulhalhal, in Qusay's own newspaper several weeks before the attacks that stated bin Laden would demolish the Pentagon after he destroys the White House and bin Laden would strike America on the arm that is already hurting. (referencing a second IRAQI sponsored attack on the World Trade Center). Another reference to New York was [bin Laden] will curse the memory of Frank Sinatra everytime he hears his songs. (e.g., New York, New York) which identified New York, New York as a target. Mulhalhal also stated, The wings of a dove and the bullet are all but one and the same in the heart of a believer." which references an airplane attack.
The Arabic language daily newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabic also cited the cooperation between Iraq, bin Laden and Al December 1998 editorial, which predicted that President Saddam Hussein, whose country was subjected to a four day air strike, will look for support in taking revenge on the United States and Britain by cooperating with Saudi oppositionist Osama Bin-Laden, whom the United States considers to be the most wanted person in the world. This info is in the link provided below. How could these people have had foreknowledge without Iraq being involved?
Warning...slow loading .pdf file. This was from a lawsuit filed against Iraq after 9/11...the court ruled against Iraq.
There was also another lawsuit filed by the family of John ONeill (a former FBI agent who captured Ramzi Yousef after the 1993 WTC bombings) after he died in the WTC on 9/11. His personal files from his years of traveling around the world investigating al-Qaeda are were used as evidence in the lawsuit. The evidence includes documents unearthed in the headquarters of the Mukhabarat (Iraq's intelligence service) and information gleaned from the interrogation of both al-Qaeda and Iraqi prisoners. (Link below). It also quotes Vincent Cannistraro, the former CIA counter-terrorism chief, who stated in October 2000 that Iraq had been wanting to carry out terrorist attacks, and that the Iraqi military had been in contact with Osama bin Laden.
We know from these IIS documents that beginning in 1992 the former Iraqi regime regarded bin Laden as an Iraqi Intelligence asset. We know from IIS documents that the former Iraqi regime provided safe haven and financial support to an Iraqi who has admitted to mixing the chemicals for the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. We know from IIS documents that Saddam Hussein agreed to Osama bin Laden's request to broadcast anti-Saudi propaganda on Iraqi state-run television. We know from IIS documents that a "trusted confidante" of bin Laden stayed for more than two weeks at a posh Baghdad hotel as the guest of the Iraqi Intelligence Service.
List of newspaper article in the 90's which mention the world's concern regarding the growing relationship between OBL and Saddam:
Son of Saddam coordinates OBL activities:
The AQ connection (excellent):
Saddam's link to OBL:
NYT: Iraq and AQ agree to cooperate:
Document linking them:
Iraq and terrorism - no doubt about it:
A federal judge rules there are links:
Wall Street Journal on Iraq and AQ:
Iraq and Iran contact OBL:
Saddam's AQ connection:
What a court of law said about the connections:
Some miscellaneous stuff on connections:
Saddam's Ambassador to Al Qaeda: (February 2004, Weekly Standard)
Yes - it's NewsMax but loaded with interesting bullet points.
Saddam's Fingerprints on NY Bombing (Wall Street Journal, June 1993)
Colin Powell: Iraq and AQ Partners for Years (CNN, February 2003)
The Iraq-Al Qaeda Connections (September 2003, Richard Miniter)
Oil for Food Scandal Ties Iraq and Al Qaeda (June 2003)
Saddam and OBL Make a Pact (The New Yorker, February 2003):
Al Qaeda's Poison Gas (Wall Street Journal, April 2004):
Wolfowitz Says Saddam behind 9/11 Attacks:
Saddam behind first WTC attack - PBS, Laurie Mylroie:
Growing Evidence of Saddam and Al Qaeda Link, The Weekly Standard, July 2003:
Qusay Hussein Coordinated Iraq special operations with Bin Laden Terrorist Activities, Yossef Bodansky, National Press Club
The Western Nightmare: Saddam and Bin Laden vs. the Rest of the World, The Guardian Unlimited:
Saddam Link to Bin Laden, Julian Borger, The Guardian, February 1999
The Al Qaeda Connection, The Weekly Standard, July 2003
Cheney lectures Russert on Iraq/911 Link, September 2003:
No Question About It, National Review, September 2003
Iraq: A Federal Judges Point of View
Mohammed's Account links Iraq to 9/11 and OKC:
Free Republic Thread that mentions some books Freepers might be interested in on this topic:
The Proof that Saddam Worked with AQ, The Telegraph, April 2003:
Saddam's AQ Connection, The Weekly Standard, September 2003
September 11 Victims Sue Iraq:
Osama's Best Friend: The Further Connections Between Al Qaeda and Saddam, The Weekly Standard, November 2003
Terrorist Behind 9/11 Attacks Trained by Saddam, The Telegraph, December 2003
James Woolsey Links Iraq and AQ, CNN Interview, March 2004, Also see Posts #34 and #35
A Geocities Interesting Web Site with maps and connections:
Bin Laden indicted in federal court, read down to find information that Bin Laden agreed to not attack Iraq and to work cooperatively with Iraq:
Case Closed, The Weekly Standard, November 03
CBS - Lawsuit: Iraq involved in 9/11:
Exploring Iraq's Involvement in pre-9/11 Acts, The Indianapolis Star:
The Iraq/AQ Connection: Richard Minister again
Militia Defector says Baghdad trained Al Qaeda fighters in chemical weapons, July 2002
The Clinton View of Iraq/AQ Ties, The Weekly Standard, December 2003
Saddam Controlled the Camps (Iraq/AQ Ties): The London Observer, November 01
Saddam's Terror Ties that Critics Ignore, National Review, October 2003:
Tape Shows General Wesley Clark linking Iraq and AQ:
The Missing Link (What the Senate Ingelligence Report Said about Iraq/AQ Connections)
Credit to Peach for the above info.
Credit to joesbucks for the following links:
Dozens of links here:
Just a few of those links include:
The Clinton Justice Department's indictment against OBL in federal court which mentions the terrorist's connections to Iraq. November 4, 1998. The federal indictment:
Iraq and AQ agree to cooperate. The federal indictment against OBL working in concert with Iraq and Iran is mentioned. November 1998. The New York Times
Saddam reaching out to OBL January 1, 1999. Newsweek
ABC news reports on the Osama/Saddam connections January 14, 1999. ABC News
Western Nightmare: Saddam and OBL versus the World. Iraq recruited OBL. February 6, 1999. The Guardian
Saddam's Link to OBL February 6, 1999. The Guardian
Saddam offered asylum to bin Laden February 13, 1999. AP
And kabar submitted these two little gems showing Bin Laden supported Iraq and its struggle against the US and the West.
Thanks! The fact that Saddam's son's newspaper predicted the exact attacks 6 weeks before the attacks tells me all I need to know.
Nice anti-Israel AP photo where the photographer was trying to capture Cheney with the emanest face possible.
"The U.S. invasion, occupation and counterinsurgency campaign in Iraq over the past four years has claimed the lives of at least 3,193 U.S. soldiers,"
AP has to make sure they get that obligatory statistic in this article as in every article on Iraq. Sometimes I think they slip it into non-Iraq related articles as well.