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Rice: ‘No One Was Arguing That Saddam Hussein Somehow Had Something To Do With 9/11′

Posted By admin On March 20, 2009 @ 5:10 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Think Progress [1]
Friday, March 20, 2009

On PBS’s Charlie Rose yesterday — six years after the eve of the Iraq invasion — former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice discussed the decision to invade Iraq. Rice said she has had no “second thoughts” about striking the country, and when pressed by Rose on whether Saddam Hussein had connections to 9/11, Rice blankly said that “no one” believed in such a link:

ROSE: But you didn’t believe it had anything to do with 9/11.

RICE: No. No one was arguing that Saddam Hussein somehow had something to do with 9/11.

ROSE: No one.

RICE: I was certainly not. The President was certainly not. … That’s right. We were not arguing that.

Rose also tried to press Rice on whether Cheney pushed the link, but she didn’t answer. Watch it:

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Of course, there was no link [3] between Saddam and 9/11. But these supposed ties formed the basis [4] of the administration’s causus belli. A letter from the White House [5] to the House Speaker on March 18, 2003, read:

“(2) acting pursuant to the Constitution and Public Law 107-243 is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take 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.”

In his book, Bush At War, Bob Woodward noted that Bush said after 9/11, “I believe Iraq was involved [6], but I’m not going to strike them now.” Rice was no exception either. On Sept. 15, 2002, she said that Saddam had “links to terrorism [that] would include al-Qaeda [7].” As late as September 2006, she remarked, “there were ties going on between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein’s regime [8] going back for a decade.” Cheney still believes [9] there was a link between Iraq and al Qaeda.

In recent weeks, former Bush administration officials have continued to push the link. Bush maintains that he was right [10] to make a false link between Iraq and 9/11. Former press secretary Ari Fleischer said last week, “But after September 11th, having been being hit once, how could we take a chance that Saddam Hussein might not strike again [11]?”


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[1] Think Progress : http://thinkprogress.org/2009/03/19/rice-911-iraq/

[2] Image: http://www.efoodsdirect.com/products.html

[3] there was no link: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/13/alqaeda.saddam/

[4] formed the basis: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3119676.stm

[5] letter from the White House: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4788.htm

[6] I believe Iraq was involved: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00247.htm

[7] links to terrorism [that] would include al-Qaeda: http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=condoleezza_rice

[8] there were ties going on between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein’s regime: http://thinkprogress.org/2006/09/10/rice-qaeda-saddam/

[9] still believes: http://thinkprogress.org/2008/03/17/cheney-iraq-al-qaeda-again/

[10] he was right: http://thinkprogress.org/2008/12/05/bush-iraq-911/

[11] Saddam Hussein might not strike again: http://thinkprogress.org/2009/03/12/fleischer-saddam-attack/

[12] Congressman pushing Obama impeachment likens president to Saddam Hussein [VIDEO]: http://www.prisonplanet.com/congressman-pushing-obama-impeachment-likens-president-to-saddam-hussein-video.html

[13] Saddam Hussein gave £840,000 fortune to family of British father murdered in Alps massacre: http://www.prisonplanet.com/saddam-hussein-gave-840000-fortune-to-family-of-british-father-murdered-in-alps-massacre.html

[14] Ron Paul Grills Bernanke On Watergate, Saddam Hussein and the Federal Reserve: http://www.prisonplanet.com/ron-paul-grills-bernanke-on-watergate-saddam-hussein-and-the-federal-reserve.html

[15] Fed Denies Link to Watergate, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fed-denies-link-to-watergate-iraq%e2%80%99s-saddam-hussein.html

[16] Obama’s Popularity Jump Identical To That Of Bush Following Saddam Hussein Capture: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obamas-popularity-jump-identical-to-that-of-bush-following-saddam-hussein-capture.html

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