(CNN) — President Barack Obama on Friday announced that virtually all U.S. troops will come home from Iraq by the end of the year — at which point he can declare an end to America’s long and costly war in that Middle Eastern nation.
“After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” Obama said. “The coming months will be a season of homecomings. Our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays.”
WASHINGTON (CNN) — 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. [6.1.09]
But, wink, wink nudge nudge…
MR. RUSSERT: The Washington Post asked the American people about Saddam Hussein, and this is what they said: 69 percent said he was involved in the September 11 attacks. Are you surprised by that?
VICE PRES. CHENEY: No. I think it’s not surprising that people make that connection.
MR. RUSSERT: But is there a connection?
VICE PRES. CHENEY: We don’t know. You and I talked about this two years ago. I can remember you asking me this question just a few days after the original attack. At the time I said no, we didn’t have any evidence of that. Subsequent to that, we’ve learned a couple of things. We learned more and more that there was a relationship between Iraq and al-Qaeda that stretched back through most of the decade of the ’90s, that it involved training, for example, on BW and CW, that al-Qaeda sent personnel to Baghdad to get trained on the systems that are involved. The Iraqis providing bomb-making expertise and advice to the al-Qaeda organization.
We know, for example, in connection with the original World Trade Center bombing in ’93 that one of the bombers was Iraqi, returned to Iraq after the attack of ’93. And we’ve learned subsequent to that, since we went into Baghdad and got into the intelligence files, that this individual probably also received financing from the Iraqi government as well as safe haven.
Now, is there a connection between the Iraqi government and the original World Trade Center bombing in ’93? We know, as I say, that one of the perpetrators of that act did, in fact, receive support from the Iraqi government after the fact. With respect to 9/11, of course, we’ve had the story that’s been public out there. The Czechs alleged that Mohamed Atta, the lead attacker, met in Prague with a senior Iraqi intelligence official five months before the attack, but we’ve never been able to develop anymore of that yet either in terms of confirming it or discrediting it. We just don’t know.
MR. RUSSERT: We could establish a direct link between the hijackers of September 11 and Saudi Arabia.
VICE PRES. CHENEY: We know that many of the attackers were Saudi. There was also an Egyptian in the bunch. It doesn’t mean those governments had anything to do with that attack. That’s a different proposition than saying the Iraqi government and the Iraqi intelligent service has a relationship with al-Qaeda that developed throughout the decade of the ’90s. That was clearly official policy. [9/14/03]
Says media not ‘doing their homework’ in reporting ties
Friday, June 18, 2004 Posted: 2:25 AM EDT (0625 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) — [paragraph reordered for clarity]
Members of 9/11 commission found “no credible evidence” that Iraq was involved in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks carried out by al Qaeda hijackers, and they concluded that there was “no collaborative relationship” between Iraq and Osama bin Laden, the network’s leader, according to details of its findings disclosed Wednesday at a public hearing.
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Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday the evidence is “overwhelming” that al Qaeda had a relationship with Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq, and he said media reports suggesting that the 9/11 commission has reached a contradictory conclusion were “irresponsible.”
“There clearly was a relationship. It’s been testified to. The evidence is overwhelming,” Cheney said in an interview with CNBC’s “Capitol Report.”
“It goes back to the early ’90s. It involves a whole series of contacts, high-level contacts with Osama bin Laden and Iraqi intelligence officials.”
A secret deal being negotiated in Baghdad would perpetuate the American military occupation of Iraq indefinitely, regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election in November.
The terms of the impending deal, details of which have been leaked to The Independent, are likely to have an explosive political effect in Iraq. Iraqi officials fear that the accord, under which US troops would occupy permanent bases, conduct military operations, arrest Iraqis and enjoy immunity from Iraqi law, will destabilise Iraq’s position in the Middle East and lay the basis for unending conflict in their country.
But the accord also threatens to provoke a political crisis in the US. President Bush wants to push it through by the end of next month so he can declare a military victory and claim his 2003 invasion has been vindicated.
US Vice President Dick Cheney swept into Baghdad on an unannounced visit Monday, looking to highlight security gains and promote elusive political progress days before the war enters its sixth year, but afraid to the very core of his manhood that his botched job in Iraq, while profitable, was a steaming pile of shit and not the “mission accomplished” his puppet boss claimed.
Minutes after he arrived, he was greeted as a liberator when an explosion rocked central Baghdad, following a roadside bombing that killed a policeman, underscoring the violence that still grips the nation almost five years after the US-led invasion of Iraq.
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The unheralded visit, shrouded in secrecy and blanketed with security because everyone hates Dick, and us…
WASHINGTON (AP) – John McCain effectively sealed the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday as chief rival Mitt Romney suspended his faltering presidential campaign. “If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.”
“Also, I am a complete jackass. You saw right through my flipfloppery, but I hope you are too stupid to call me out on gratuitous fearmongering and lies like those in the preceding paragraph. Now, if you will excuse me, I must go change into my special underwear for a visit from Grandma nutty fudge. Evidently, the question of who is who’s bitch has been answered, and the answer is me. Anybody got a breath mint?”
heh, heh, heh..
Today was finally do your taxes day. My ass has never hurt so bad. $1584 to finance a bullshit war machine, while Exxon gets a pass. Fuck!
(It could have been less, if I deducted what I believe I paid in mortgage interest – vs. what Citibank says I paid. But, $300 is not worth a literal ass-reaping in federal prison on top of what the tax code just did to me.)
- Bush vows to 60 Minutes that ‘no matter what Congress wants’ surge is on.
- Cheney on domestic spying by the Pentagon and CIA: ‘There’s nothing wrong with it or illegal’
- Army, CIA spy on Americans
- Bush’s “Secret War”
The Congress [i.e., not the usurper in chief] shall have power… To declare war
U.S. Const. Art. 1, §8
Reading is fundmental, bitches. (Yes, I know there is more to it, but this “I am going to blow all this shit up and you can’t stop me” is bullshit, and needs to end.) Do your fucking jobs. Impeachment. It’s not just a good idea, its the law.