It has been an article of faith among liberals that the Bush Administration lied on two counts to drive America to war. Liberals have claimed that:
1. The Administration lied to the American people when it claimed that Iraq had WMD capable of bringing the United States under "imminent" danger of attack.
2. The Administration claimed that Saddam conspired with bin Laden to pull off the attacks on 9-11.
Neither of these points are true. The first claim rests on taking Bush's State of the Union speech and cutting it up in order to change the meaning.
The second claim depends on something the Administration never claimed: that Saddam's Mukhabarat thought up 9-11 and used Bin Laden as a cutout, or was in cahoots with the latter. In fact, I have no doubt, given some of the evidence that has come to light in London's Daily Telegraph and through the prodigious efforts of Laurie Mylroie, that bin Laden and Saddam had an ongoing relationship going back to 1993. In that year, Saddam paid Ayman al-Zawahiri 300,000 dollars after Egyptian Islamic Jihad was shut down and unified with bin Laden's outfit. The whole Colonel al-Ani/Mohammed Atta affair is still open to question, as well, as is the use of the airplane at Salman Pak airfield.
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