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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Oops! . . . We Did It Again

Even though BBC Radio gave this story top billing, The Peach was nothing short of dismayed to find that our local paper buried it on page four:
No Al Qaeda link: A new CIA assessment undercuts the White House's claim that deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein maintained ties to Al Qaeda, saying there's no conclusive evidence that his regime harbored Osama bin Laden associate Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Since June, Bush and Cheney have repeatedly said that al-Zarqawi, the most-wanted terrorist in Iraq, was an associate of bin Laden and received safe haven from Hussein. But Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld backed away Monday from the administration's broaderclaims that Hussein and Al Qaeda were linked. "To my knowledge, I have not seen any strong, hard evidence that links the two," Rumsfeld said. The officials who described the new assessment spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter is classified.

This revelation comes just two years after Rumsfeld himself said:
"There is no question but that there have been interactions between the Iraqi government, Iraqi officials and Al Qaeda operatives," Mr. Rumsfeld said in November 2002. "They have occurred over a span of some 8 or 10 years to our knowledge. There are currently Al Qaeda in Iraq.''
Can't you just hear the sound of air rushing from their balloon? And with the VP debate happening tonight how is Dick "We're all gonna die" Cheney going to explain this away?

The Peach feels this should have been front page news. This was the last viable reason we invaded Iraq. With this lie exposed this administration has no justification for their actions.

To read the whole story go to the New York Times.

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