Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Cheney's Big Lie: Link of Iraq, 9/11 Challenged: "Vice President Dick Cheney, anxious to defend the White House foreign policy amid ongoing violence in Iraq, stunned intelligence analysts and even members of his own administration this week by failing to dismiss a widely discredited claim: that Saddam Hussein might have played a role in the Sept. 11 attacks."

"There is no credible evidence that Saddam Hussein had anything to do with 9/11," Senator Bob Graham, a Democrat running for president, said in an interview last night. "There was no such relationship."

"Vincent Cannistraro, a former CIA counterterrorism specialist, said that Cheney's "willingness to use speculation and conjecture as facts in public presentations is appalling. It's astounding... The general public just doesn't have any independent way of weighing what is said," Cannistraro, the former CIA counterterrorism specialist, said. "If you repeat it enough times . . . then people become convinced it's the truth."

"But Cheney, on NBC's "Meet the Press," cited the report of the meeting as possible evidence of an Iraq-Al Qaeda link and said it was neither confirmed nor discredited, saying: "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..." 69 percent of Americans believe that Hussein probably had a part in attacking the United States, according to a recent Washington Post poll."

Aust PM John Howard, whose foreign and core domestic policy is based simply on standing 'shoulder to shoulder' with the United States, should be hunted relentlessly on this issue to force him to concede that that core 'policy' cannot be sustained: Does the Prime Minister agree with the Bush Administration statement that.... ? There is plenty of fantastic material to work with, such as the above; Bush's statement that "we found the WMDs", in spite of the fact nothing has been found; that "major operations are over, Mission Accomplished" in spite of the fact more US soldiers have been killed since that statement than before; and so on and so on.

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