First, just if I might correct a misperception, I don't think we ever said -- at least I know I didn't say that there was a direct connection between September the 11th and Saddam Hussein.After Congress voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq, the President sent to the Speaker of the House, and the President Pro Tem of the Senate a letter in which he indicated that he had made the findings necessary to prosecute the war in Iraq. Specifically, he made the determination that the use of force was “consistent” with taking:
the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.Over on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann made sense of Bush’s latest comments this way: “Then that must be a different George W. Bush who gave the State of the Union Address on January 28, 2003.” Cut to clip:
Bush: Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of al Qaida. Secretly and without fingerprints he could provide one of his hidden weapons to terrorists or help them develop their own. Before September 11th, many in the world believed Saddam Hussein could be contained.Then Olbermann observed, “Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda in the same sentence separated by seven words, September 11 and Saddam Hussein two sentences later separated by six words,” and announced that he and a guest would discuss the remaining question: “Who does the President think he's ‘F’ing kidding?” [Transcript here.]
Meanwhile, it was revealed today that the CIA had recruited Naji Sabri, Iraq’s foreign minister under Saddam as a spy. He told them that the Iraq was much further away from nuclear weapon production than the CIA was reporting, and that they had no biological weapons program. Why did the administration continue to push the exaggerated threats?
War involves deception, and if I may borrow Keith Olbermann's syntax, George W. Bush is a ‘F’ing wartime president.
“… and tell ’em Big Mitch sent ya!”