Originally posted by sammi jo
Al Qaeda was active in Iraq before the war, but their agents were based north of the northern no-fly zone, an area under Kurdish control, where the Saddam Hussein regime had no jurisdiction.
Cheney's persistent alleged "connections between Iraq and Al Qaeda" have been taken out of context: people have assumed that "Iraq" meant "the whole of Iraq". Typically manipulative, misleading and deceitful stuff from this administration.
Actually, the Admin has been quite deliberate in their use of the term "Iraq" rather than "SH's regime" or "the Iraqi gov't" when describing all of this, since it allows them to imply that Iraq was a state-sponsor of terrorism when all they're saying was that some terrorist, at some point, was in the country.
If they get called on it, they can just deny it. It's easy, really. For instance, you just do this:Step One: Say Something
Step Two: If that statement becomes a liability, deny you said it
Vice-President Cheney: Its been pretty well confirmed that he did go to Prague and he did meet with a senior official of the Iraqi intelligence service in Czechoslovakia last April.--Transcript, NBCs Meet the Press, December 9, 2001.
Gloria Borger: Well, lets get to Mohammed Atta for a minute, because you mentioned him as well._ You have said in the past that it was quote, pretty well confirmed.
Vice President Cheney: No, I never said that.
Vice Pres. CHENEY: Never said that.
BORGER: I think that is...
Vice Pres. CHENEY: Absolutely not.
--Transcript, CNBCs Capital Report, June 17, 2004
See? Piece of cake!