News Flash: Cheney Still Dishonest, Feith Still Stupid

6 comments April 6th, 2007at 11:50am Posted by Eli

This surprises… no-one:

Vice President Dick Cheney repeated his assertions of al-Qaida links to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq on Thursday as the Defense Department released a report citing more evidence that the prewar government did not cooperate with the terrorist group.

Cheney contended that al-Qaida was operating in Iraq before the March 2003 invasion led by U.S. forces and that terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was leading the Iraqi branch of al-Qaida. Others in al-Qaida planned the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

”He took up residence there before we ever launched into Iraq, organized the al-Qaida operations inside Iraq before we even arrived on the scene and then, of course, led the charge for Iraq until we killed him last June,” Cheney told radio host Rush Limbaugh during an interview. ”As I say, they were present before we invaded Iraq.”

However, a declassified Pentagon report released Thursday said that interrogations of the deposed Iraqi leader and two of his former aides as well as seized Iraqi documents confirmed that the terrorist organization and the Saddam government were not working together before the invasion.

No kidding. Their lack of cooperatiom should not be surprising, considering that Zarqawi was based in the Kurdish No-Fly Zone, where he was effectively beyond Saddam’s reach. (I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that Rush did not ask why the Bush administration passed on their opportunities to take such a Scary Evil Terrorist out before the war…)

The report, which had been released in summary form in February, said that former Pentagon policy chief Douglas J. Feith had acted inappropriately but not illegally in reviewing prewar intelligence. Levin has claimed that Feith’s intelligence assessment was wrong and distorted but nevertheless formed part of the basis on which President Bush took the country to war.

Although Feith’s assessment in mid-2002 offered several examples of cooperation between Saddam’s government and al-Qaida, the report said, the CIA had concluded months earlier that no evidence supported the existence of significant or long-term relationships.

The CIA is completely unreliable because they don’t pray enough, and therefore miss out on all the divine intelligence that BushCo. is privy to.

Entry Filed under: Cheney,Iraq,Politics,Republicans,Wankers,War

6 Comments

  • 1. elmo  |  April 6th, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    What did you expect from Cheney? He’s a conservative, they never change anything…including their talking points.

  • 2. bdr  |  April 6th, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    This is true: I work at Georgetown, where Feith was offered a job teaching a course both last Fall and this Spring semesters, called – I shit you not – Nat’l Security Policy of the Bush Administration:

    http://www2.georgetown.edu/explore/courses/index.cfm?Action=View&CourseID=INAF%2D650

    I’d rather not say how I know him, or where I’ve dealt with him, for reasons both professionally and personally other than to say I’m not in the same department, but I can confirm that I’ve found him to be, as a soldier once put it famously, one of the stupidest fucking people on the planet.

  • 3. Dan Dean  |  April 6th, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    Cheney and others like to perpetuate their lies. Fewer people believe their crap daily. Sadam was the kind of dictator that had no desire for terrorist networks to operate inside his country.Finally in 2006, some Americans began to wake up. The neo-cons still think that they’re on a roll as they keep destroying our USA. John Kay’s “Monster” still reverberates…

  • 4. ann  |  April 6th, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    Bin Laden’s “allies” flew his family out of the country on 9/11. We didn’t have to go to Iraq to find them.

  • 5. PoliShifter  |  April 7th, 2007 at 1:17 am

    I still am having a hard time grasping why Cheney would go on Limbaugh and reassert his bullshit games about ties between Saddam and Al Qaeda the SAME DAY The Pentagon releases a report saying there was no such connection.

    I feel bad for the Limbaugh listeners who actually believe what Cheney and Limbaugh say. What a sad existence.

    Then again, ignorance is bliss I suppose.

  • 6. Eli  |  April 7th, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    Sadam was the kind of dictator that had no desire for terrorist networks to operate inside his country.

    This is what is most frustrating about that zombie lie. There’s this map of terrorist or al Qaeda presence in the Middle East before we invaded Iraq, and Iraq is the only country that *doesn’t* have terrorists in it. As a secular dictator, Saddam viewed Islamic terrorists as a threat. And indeed, they finally did bring him down, although probably not in the way he had imagined.

    I still am having a hard time grasping why Cheney would go on Limbaugh and reassert his bullshit games about ties between Saddam and Al Qaeda the SAME DAY The Pentagon releases a report saying there was no such connection.

    I think that was deliberate counterspin.


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