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Cheney: No 'evidence' of Iraq, 9/11 link
Yahoo! News ^ | June 2, 2009 | Andy Barr

Posted on 06/02/2009 6:30:23 PM PDT by americanophile

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says there was “never any evidence” that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq played any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

“On the question of whether or not Iraq was involved in 9/11, there was never any evidence to prove that,” Cheney said during an interview Monday night with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.

“There was some reporting early on, for example, that Mohammed Atta had met with a senior Iraqi intelligence official,” Cheney said. “But that was never borne out.”

In a 2003 interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Cheney said that “the Czechs alleged that Mohamed Atta, the lead attacker, met in Prague with a senior Iraqi intelligence official five months before the attack.”

But Cheney added, “We’ve never been able to develop any more of that yet, either in terms of confirming it or discrediting it. We just don’t know.”

Cheney said Monday that former CIA Director George Tenet brought to the Bush White House information pertaining to potential links between the hijacker and Iraq as “it became available.” But Cheney pointed out that Tenet “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.”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; alqaedaandiraq; alqaedairaq; cheney; denial; iraq; iraqalqaeda; prequel; saddam
...I don't recall them evey saying there was, but again, there you have it. This notion that Iraq was involved was created by the Left which could never understand preemption or the threat Iraq posed in a post 9/11 world.
1 posted on 06/02/2009 6:30:23 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: americanophile
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2 posted on 06/02/2009 6:32:59 PM PDT by b4its2late (I love defenseless animals, especially in a good gravy.)
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To: americanophile

Same thing he’s been saying since 2003.

SnakeDoc


3 posted on 06/02/2009 6:33:48 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("The night is darkest just before the dawn -- but I promise you, the dawn is coming." -- Harvey Dent)
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To: americanophile
When they start killing Americans you will go AWOL... You know it and I know it..
4 posted on 06/02/2009 6:34:00 PM PDT by jessduntno (July 4th, 2009. Washington DC. Gadsden Flags. Be There.)
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To: americanophile
I don't recall them evey saying there was

No, they didn't. But the left said they did and they said it over and over and over again till it was believed.

Lies, lies and more lies.

5 posted on 06/02/2009 6:35:32 PM PDT by what's up
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To: americanophile

exactly right! Cheney is only reiterating what he always said...and the news media makes it seem like he is making a huge admission!

Cheney and company NEVER said Iraq was part of 9/11 BUT he did say...and it was borne out...that Iraq and Al-Quada had a relationship.
Most important...Iraq was eager and able to be home to terrorists like AlQuada

The other point never brought out was in the report that mentions NO WMD...the media ignored the fact that Iraq was able, willing, and ready to begin the nuclear program once the sanctions were lifted...something that Europe was gungho on before 9/11.


6 posted on 06/02/2009 6:36:11 PM PDT by t2buckeye
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To: jessduntno

...that’s a caption, correct?


7 posted on 06/02/2009 6:36:37 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: americanophile

The Bush Administration never alleged that the Iraqis were involved in 9/11. That was a straw man argument constantly brought up by the MSM.

What the Bush Administration did say was that after 9/11, they couldn’t risk Saddam giving weapons of mass destruction to terrorists, so either Saddam had to admit inspectors, turn over all biological, chemical, and nuclear technologies, or be removed from power.

Saddam chose option B.


8 posted on 06/02/2009 6:37:49 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: americanophile

Nope, I don’t recall the Bush admin saying there was a link. I do recall the left twisting everything around and then blaming Bush.


9 posted on 06/02/2009 6:37:54 PM PDT by bgill (The evidence simply does not support the official position of the Obama administration)
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To: americanophile

...that’s a caption, correct?

Sorry...yes...I just realized what he must have been thinking...


10 posted on 06/02/2009 6:38:49 PM PDT by jessduntno (July 4th, 2009. Washington DC. Gadsden Flags. Be There.)
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To: americanophile

Since shortly after 09/11, the left in this nation took on the persona of a 12 year old girl who wanted to go out on a date with a 19 year old boy, without a chaperon. Every excuse in the book has been used to try to get permission. The adults just aren’t having any of it.

Hussien had to go. In a world facing terrorism, the terrorists biggest soul-mate wasn’t going to be ignored.

My disappointment wasn’t focused on the targeting of Hussein, but the lack of targeting of the leaders of Hamas, Hezballah, (the West Bank [Arafat’s] terrorist org.), South East Asian terrorist organizations, and anyone else who could be tied to terrorism in any way.

We fell down on that IMO.


11 posted on 06/02/2009 6:39:02 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama is mentally a child of ten. Just remember that when he makes statements and issues policy.)
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To: americanophile
Only the radical Left has been saying that Bush/Cheney made that claim. Others DO think that and it may be true, but the Bush Administration never claimed that.

Alert MSNBC and the SRM.

12 posted on 06/02/2009 6:39:44 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: americanophile

“Peace by persuasion has a pleasant sound, but I think we should not be able to work it. We should have to tame the human race first, and history seems to show that that cannot be done.” - Mark Twain

Interesting observation coming from a deserter...he was an enigma, no?


13 posted on 06/02/2009 6:40:59 PM PDT by jessduntno (July 4th, 2009. Washington DC. Gadsden Flags. Be There.)
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To: DoughtyOne

“My disappointment wasn’t focused on the targeting of Hussein, but the lack of targeting of the leaders of Hamas, Hezballah, (the West Bank [Arafat’s] terrorist org.), South East Asian terrorist organizations, and anyone else who could be tied to terrorism in any way. We fell down on that IMO.”

Yep. We let a crisis go by without exploiting it...we could have taken them all out...


14 posted on 06/02/2009 6:43:30 PM PDT by jessduntno (July 4th, 2009. Washington DC. Gadsden Flags. Be There.)
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To: jessduntno

A good observer of humanity nonetheless...of course he’s only a deserter to Confederates.


15 posted on 06/02/2009 6:44:57 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: jessduntno

We could have made a bigger dent..., that’s for sure.

It’s an excellent example of why our armed forces should be beefed up, not reduced or even kept static.

We are not living in relative peace. We are on the very edge, and folks better wake up to it.


16 posted on 06/02/2009 6:46:20 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama is mentally a child of ten. Just remember that when he makes statements and issues policy.)
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To: DoughtyOne

I like your tag. It’s true. He hasn’t outgrown the “narcissism” stage of childhood development. He still has to be the captain of the team. He still has to be the most popular.


17 posted on 06/02/2009 6:47:51 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (The most dangerous fascists are those with a warm smile and soothing voice.)
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To: b4its2late
Hussein (not the POTUS, Saddam Hussein) was hanged because he messed with United States interests.

He attacked Kuwait and continued to target US forces in spite of the armistice he signed after hostilities ceased.

He paid suicide bombers families $25,000 a pop to murder Israelis innocent women and children and sheltered and provided a base for Alqueda terrorists.

He was the primary voice of islamofascism, was the only head of state in the last 50 years to USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS, and had a NUCLEAR PROGRAM that would have put the atom bomb in the hands of terrorists had it not been destroyed by ISRAELI and AMERICAN AIRSTRIKES.

After 9/11, a REAL AMERICAN POTUS put him out of his misery and SENT A MESSAGE TO THE RAGHEADS that you MESS WITH THE UNITED STATES AT YOUR PERIL.

The last speech of Ceausescu

This will end similarly.

The highest level of the United States Government has been infiltrated by foreign agents.

Even the liars, con men, and thieves who participated in the fraud to elect a foreign born communist crypto-muslim are rapidly becoming astounded at the chaos they have wrought.

Thus always to tyrants.

18 posted on 06/02/2009 6:50:17 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: b4its2late

I remember when that picture appeared in the NY Post like it was yesterday. I thought for sure that picture of a gloating hussein appearing to take credit for 9/11 was good enough reason to take him out. Just because a direct link couldn’t be found, doesn’t mean there wasn’t one.


19 posted on 06/02/2009 6:50:57 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: americanophile

“A good observer of humanity nonetheless...of course he’s only a deserter to Confederates.”

Huh. Thought that wouldn’t matter...that it was the oath and his brothers at arms that he deserted...I think a Confederate deserter is just as deserving of scorn as anyone...let’s not go too far into that, though OK FRiend? I am a fan of his work...I just sometimes have to ignore the hypocrisy...works in regards to him, others and myself, sometimes...if you have some time, you might be interested in this story about Yank and Reb warriors;

http://www.nps.gov/archive/gett/getttour/sidebar/reunion13.htm


20 posted on 06/02/2009 6:53:39 PM PDT by jessduntno (July 4th, 2009. Washington DC. Gadsden Flags. Be There.)
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To: Rome2000

Sounds about right.


21 posted on 06/02/2009 6:53:45 PM PDT by b4its2late (I love defenseless animals, especially in a good gravy.)
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To: americanophile
...Cheney said that “the Czechs alleged that Mohamed Atta, the lead attacker, met in Prague with a senior Iraqi intelligence official five months before the attack.”

A quote from James Woolsey:

…Woolsey [former CIA director] also noted the meeting. “Maybe Iraqi intelligence and the chief bomber of Sept. 11 like Prague’s beautiful architecture,” he said sarcastically. “But at some point, it seems to me, we begin to get to at least a strong likelihood Iraq has been involved in some way.”

22 posted on 06/02/2009 6:54:19 PM PDT by LjubivojeRadosavljevic
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Countless times I’ve seen him do things that couldn’t be explained without taking this into account.

We can say that he is an Islamic sympathizer. I think that’s true. It still doesn’t explain away some of the moves he is making. It seem to me that he thinks he is the smartest person in the room, and nobody but him has a clue.

He is making serious mistakes in foreign policy. Those mistakes will cost us our nation. He hasn’t a clue what he is ushering in.

Look, I think he is convinced he is doing good things, no matter what we may think.

The sad truth is, he is going to seriously harm this nation, and not achieve what he thinks he will.

He’s a child of ten. So are many delusional Democrats.


23 posted on 06/02/2009 6:54:39 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama is mentally a child of ten. Just remember that when he makes statements and issues policy.)
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To: jersey117

Me too. That’s why I saved it. Allot of these dirtball dictators hang out with one another and talk. I have no doubt.


24 posted on 06/02/2009 6:54:59 PM PDT by b4its2late (I love defenseless animals, especially in a good gravy.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

BTW, thanks... I appreciate it.


25 posted on 06/02/2009 6:55:35 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama is mentally a child of ten. Just remember that when he makes statements and issues policy.)
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To: jessduntno

It was tongue in cheek. ;) He was a great writer and observer of America and human nature however.


26 posted on 06/02/2009 6:55:39 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: LjubivojeRadosavljevic

Cheney’s statement is accurate. Woolsey’s in conjecture...but Bush & Cheney spoke for the Admin.


27 posted on 06/02/2009 6:57:36 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: americanophile

It was tongue in cheek. ;) He was a great writer and observer of America and human nature however.

Thought so...still, as a fellow americanophile, I thought you might be interested in the article...it is an amazing piece of history that a lot of people don’t know about...it is said that what was left of Pickett’s men were so admired that they wept with everyone in camp for days...Americans are an amazing people...sad that the feeling generated there didn’t hold...maybe we need another shakeup...


28 posted on 06/02/2009 6:59:23 PM PDT by jessduntno (July 4th, 2009. Washington DC. Gadsden Flags. Be There.)
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To: americanophile

I still get so angry reading media accounts of this type of thing.

Cheney says:

“There is no evidence PROVING Saddam was involved in 911”

Media says:

“Cheneys says there was no evidence Saddam was involved in 911.”

They have to lie everytime they report anything from a Conservative. They cannot speak straight because they so adore mass murdering Dictators who rejoiced at the slaughter in 911 and who used WMD as “human insecticides” to wipe out thousands of Kurds.

It does not matter because on the moral compass of Bush haters there is nothing more evil than a Dick Cheney defending the good and wellbeing of a great nation known as America.

And while we are at it the Duelfer report indicates more than 500 illegal WMD were found by the end of the reporting period. But alas, we have to pretend that the relentless lies of the media constitute facts.


29 posted on 06/02/2009 7:02:08 PM PDT by lonestar67 ("I love my country a lot more than I love politics," President George W. Bush)
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To: Rome2000

I love your post.


30 posted on 06/02/2009 7:03:49 PM PDT by lonestar67 ("I love my country a lot more than I love politics," President George W. Bush)
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To: americanophile

What’s done is done.

Nobody but the left cares now.


31 posted on 06/02/2009 7:31:56 PM PDT by Tzimisce (http://groups.myspace.com/nailthemessiah)
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To: lonestar67; americanophile
“There is no evidence PROVING Saddam was involved in 911”

Another similar case was CIA's denial, repeated several times that Atta had met with Iraqi intel in Prague. Three times the Czechs said it was so, and three times CIA denied it within minutes of the Czech statement.

But when you dug into it closely, all CIA was saying was that they were unable to confirm such a meeting took place. And so on the basis of their "unable to confirm" the official story became that Czech intel had made it up.

I take the opposite view. If Czech intel made the claim and reiterated again and again that they were certain, even if CIA did not view the meeting themselves, it nevertheless stands confirmed by Czech intel. In other words, it happened. They knew who Atta was. And shortly thereafter they expelled the Iraqi contact.

32 posted on 06/02/2009 7:53:01 PM PDT by marron
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To: marron

I agree with your analysis.

I still believe that the CIA has dangerous rogue elements within it that threaten us all.

They functionally betray us when rogue leftist ideologues choose to gang up and release these kinds of “corrections.”

It is a serious problem.

I just got done reading Bush’s 2002 speech describing the threat. I still dont’ see what is wrong with a single word of it and yet we are now supposed to believe that the whole thing was a lie.


33 posted on 06/02/2009 8:10:22 PM PDT by lonestar67 ("I love my country a lot more than I love politics," President George W. Bush)
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To: DoughtyOne
Obama is mentally a child of ten. Just remember that when he makes statements and issues policy

Without the benefit of public education a macaw has the mental aptitude of a four year old human child. Give it a staff to chew on, an adoring worshipful media to scream at, a conservative budget, and the best military in the world to command, and it could run the country mere efficiently on peanuts than Obama can with trillions, without a teleprompter, without all the "uh, uh, uhs," without telling lies, and without the bogus apologies. Opponents like Pelosi or Ahmadinejad would lose a finger now and then, and a it might regurgitate on its VP, but that's a small price to pay and a good deal less embarassing than the obamination we now have in office.

34 posted on 06/02/2009 8:45:21 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: americanophile
...but Bush & Cheney spoke for the Admin.

Really?...I wasn't aware that Bush & Cheney spoke for the Admin.

35 posted on 06/02/2009 8:54:31 PM PDT by LjubivojeRadosavljevic
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