Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that he does not believe Saddam Hussein was involved in the planning or execution of the September 11, 2001, attacks.Which is being played in message board world and MSNBC as a shocking reversal. But for a shocking reversal one normally requires a definitive statement to the contrary at some prior point, such as "Saddam was definitely behind the 9/11 attacks". Which never occurred, although admittedly Darth played it close to the vest for awhile:
He strongly defended the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq, however, arguing that Hussein's previous support for known terrorists was a serious danger after 9/11.
In his CNBC interview, Cheney went a bit further. Asked if Iraq was involved in 9/11, he said, "We don't know."The left no doubt has a more radical explanation but they need to ask themselves why it should be surprising for a government official to be suspicious of a man who still referred to "the Mother of all Battles" as late as 2002, or whose son-in-law told reporters he wanted to turn the White House into dust? As to George Tenet, of course he supplied the administration intel about the numerous links between Iraq and AQ--just read his book! That doesn't mean Saddam green-lighted 9/11.
"What the commission says is they can't find evidence of that," he said. "We had one report, which is a famous report on the Czech intelligence service, and we've never been able to confirm or to knock it down."
Disagree? Don't take it from a right wing blogger then, take it from our new Vice President:
SEN. BIDEN: Well, the point is, it turned out they didn’t, but everyone in the world thought he had them. The weapons inspectors said he had them. He catalogued—they catalogued them. This was not some, some Cheney, you know, pipe dream. This was, in fact, catalogued. They looked at them and catalogued. What he did with them, who knows? The real mystery is, if he, if he didn’t have any of them left, why didn’t he say so?In other words, perhaps they were moved to Syria, right Joe? Hard to invent such stuff. No wonder they keep scrubbing this clip off You Tube. We'll close with this:
Asked if he knows information that the 9/11 commission does not know, Cheney replied, "Probably."One has to wonder if his recent request to the CIA for documents might shine some light on the puzzle or is just a rouse to save his hide. Obama surely knows everything Cheney knows, yet he's motionless on the challenge.