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Rice: U.S. Never Said Saddam Was Behind 9/11
Reuters ^ | Sep 16, 2003

Posted on 09/16/2003 5:22:10 PM PDT by optimistically_conservative

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To: berserker
"What a weasel worded response given Rice's response just a few days later."

It's not weasel-worded at all. He's saying that there is evidence of some interaction between Saddam and al-Qaeda, which is not the same as saying that Saddam was directly involved in planning 9-11.
61 posted on 09/17/2003 7:49:56 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle (uo)
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But the topic of discussion was whether there was a connection between Iraq and 9/11. That makes the answer weasel-worded, done to imply that there might be.
62 posted on 09/17/2003 11:39:30 AM PDT by berserker
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Earth to berserker:

It is a fact that Saddam supported terrorists.

There is evidence that there were links to al Qaeda.

This administration never said Saddam colluded to plot the 9/11 attacks. (Which Rice correctly pointed out.)

But----It has not been definitively disproven that he had no role at all, which is what Cheney said.

No contradictions or wild claims. Just facts.
63 posted on 09/17/2003 11:48:32 AM PDT by cyncooper
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That makes the answer weasel-worded, done to imply that there might be.

Stating what is an obvious possibility is not weasel-wording.

64 posted on 09/17/2003 11:53:30 AM PDT by cyncooper
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But the topic of discussion was whether there was a connection between Iraq and 9/11. That makes the answer weasel-worded, done to imply that there might be.
Pardon me, berserker, but Jesus Tap-dancing Christ!

Look, quit while you're behind. Nothing in Cheney's statement is weasel-worded, and is consistent with what Rice, Rumsfeld and Bush said later. I challenge you to prove that Cheney's remarks were duplicitous in tone or substance.

And don't forget...

Arnold is a Friend to Children....

Be Seeing You,

Chris

65 posted on 09/17/2003 5:04:09 PM PDT by section9 (To read my blog, click on the Major!)
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Vice President Dick Cheney told NBC television that Iraq was the "geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault now for many years, but most especially on 9/11."(AFP/Getty Images/Alex Wong)

Looks like weasel-words to me, if the administration has no actual proof of a connection, looks like an attempt to make a connection.

66 posted on 09/18/2003 6:36:36 AM PDT by berserker
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Looks like weasel-words to me, if the administration has no actual proof of a connection, looks like an attempt to make a connection.

Only if you do not understand who the English language works... You know subject, verb, modifiers, adjectives, adverbs... English 101.

67 posted on 09/18/2003 6:40:20 AM PDT by carton253 (All I need to know about Islam I learned on 9/11/2001)
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This is really a stretch - absurd. Reuters is a shameful organization. My eyes were opened about Reuters at the beginning of the war on terrorism.
68 posted on 09/18/2003 6:42:05 AM PDT by Paulie
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