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    2003 CIA cable casts doubt on claim linking Iraq to 9/11

    (CNN) -- A recently released CIA cable casts heavy doubt on a key claim used by the Bush administration to justify the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.It discounts intelligence that said Mohammed Atta, one of the 9/11 ringleaders, met with an Iraqi official in the Czech Republic a few months before the attacks.
    The Bush administration -- which maintained that Atta had met with Iraqi agent Ahmad al-Anian in Prague in April 2001 -- had used the report to link the September 11 attacks to Iraq.
    CIA Director John Brennan included a portion of the cable in a letter to Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan. Levin, the retiring chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the letter public on Thursday.
    The cable reads that "there is not one USG (counterterrorism) or FBI expert that...has said they have evidence or 'know' that (Atta) was indeed (in Prague). In fact, the analysis has been quite the opposite."
    In a 2001 interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," then-Vice President Dick Cheney said, "It's been pretty well confirmed that (Atta) did go to Prague, and he did meet with a senior official of the Iraqi intelligence service in (the Czech Republic) last April, several months before the attack."


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    Do we really need any more proof that the Bush administration directly lied to us about numerous justification to begin the Iraq War?


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    Re: 2003 CIA cable casts doubt on claim linking Iraq to 9/11

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    Do we really need any more proof that the Bush administration directly lied to us about numerous justification to begin the Iraq War? [/FONT][/COLOR]
    Yeah -- why not it all?

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    Re: 2003 CIA cable casts doubt on claim linking Iraq to 9/11

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    Do we really need any more proof that the Bush administration directly lied to us about numerous justification to begin the Iraq War? [/FONT][/COLOR]
    Not really, Bush isnt President. Maybe you could devote some effort to exposing the current govt instead?

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    Re: 2003 CIA cable casts doubt on claim linking Iraq to 9/11

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny5 View Post
    Not really, Bush isnt President.
    So you cant criticize the past? You cant analyze the past?
    Is this what we are getting at?


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    Re: 2003 CIA cable casts doubt on claim linking Iraq to 9/11

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    Do we really need any more proof that the Bush administration directly lied to us about numerous justification to begin the Iraq War? [/FONT][/COLOR]
    For many, proof isn't necessary. They decided long ago.

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    Re: 2003 CIA cable casts doubt on claim linking Iraq to 9/11

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    Do we really need any more proof that the Bush administration directly lied to us about numerous justification to begin the Iraq War? [/FONT][/COLOR]
    I'm sorry, but having lived through the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, I don't remember at all that one of the Bush administration's "key claims" to rationalize the invasion was Iraq's direct involvement in 9/11. You can argue all you want about the justification for the invasion, however, the primary reasons for the invasion were that 1) after 9/11, any state sponsor of terrorism, and undoubtedly Iraq was one, was an enemy of the US; 2) Iraq was actively flaunting several UN resolutions following the end of hostilities during the invasion of Kuwait and Desert Storm; 3) that Iraq was developing and stockpiling weapons of mass destruction; and 4) that Iraqi leadership was involved in mass killings of its own citizens.

    The Atta information was at best tangential to the rationale for war.
    "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views." William F. Buckley Jr.

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    Re: 2003 CIA cable casts doubt on claim linking Iraq to 9/11

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    So you cant criticize the past? You cant analyze the past?
    Is this what we are getting at?
    Actually a public official can be retroactively impeached. It takes away all their government benefits.

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    Re: 2003 CIA cable casts doubt on claim linking Iraq to 9/11

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I'm sorry, but having lived through the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, I don't remember at all that one of the Bush administration's "key claims" to rationalize the invasion was Iraq's direct involvement in 9/11.
    Really?
    CNN.com - Bush stands by al Qaeda, Saddam link - Jun 15, 2004
    Bush Defends Assertions of Iraq-Al Qaeda Relationship (washingtonpost.com)
    http://web.archive.org/web/200605141...record_rep.pdf


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    Re: 2003 CIA cable casts doubt on claim linking Iraq to 9/11

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    So you cant criticize the past? You cant analyze the past?
    Is this what we are getting at?
    Which is why conservatives have never criticized Clinton and Carter since they left office.


    Wait.

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    Re: 2003 CIA cable casts doubt on claim linking Iraq to 9/11

    Perpetuating this lie reminds me of the protesters yelling: "hands up, don't shoot".
    Here are some quotes from some Dems that should be noted if "analyzing the past" is the true motive:

    "The community of nations may see more and more of the very kind of threat Iraq poses now: a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists. If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow." - President Bill Clinton 1998
    "Iraq does pose a serious threat to the stability of the Persian Gulf and we should organize an international coalition to eliminate his access to weapons of mass destruction. Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to completely deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power." Former Vice President Al Gore, 2002
    "I will be voting to give the president of the United States the authority to use force if necessary - to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadlt arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security." Senator John Kerry, October 2003

    "Iraq made commitments after the Gulf War to completely dismantle all weapons of mass destruction, and unfortunately, Iraq has not lived up to its agreement." - Barbara Boxer, November 2002
    “I am absolutely convinced that there are weapons…I saw evidence back in 1998 when we would see the inspectors being barred from gaining entry into a warehouse for three hours with trucks rolling up and then moving those trucks out.” — Clinton’s Secretary of Defense William Cohen in April of 2003

    “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members, though there is apparently no evidence of his involvement in the terrible events of September 11, 2001. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well affects American security.” — Hillary Clinton, October 10, 2002

    “I am absolutely convinced that there are weapons…I saw evidence back in 1998 when we would see the inspectors being barred from gaining entry into a warehouse for three hours with trucks rolling up and then moving those trucks out.” — Clinton’s Secretary of Defense William Cohen in April of 2003
    There are plenty more. I did a simple one minute search. So...if Bush Jr. lied, so did a lot of others.

    Oh, and the Democrats who voted to invade Iraq:
    Bayh (D-IN)
    Biden (D-DE)
    Breaux (D-LA)
    Cantwell (D-WA)
    Carnahan (D-MO)
    Carper (D-DE)
    Cleland (D-GA)
    Clinton (D-NY)
    Daschle (D-SD)
    Dodd (D-CT)
    Dorgan (D-ND)
    Edwards (D-NC)
    Feinstein (D-CA)
    Harkin (D-IA) Hollings (D-SC)
    Johnson (D-SD)
    Kerry (D-MA)
    Kohl (D-WI)
    Landrieu (D-LA)
    Lieberman (D-CT)
    Lincoln (D-AR)
    Miller (D-GA)
    Nelson (D-FL)
    Nelson (D-NE)
    Reid (D-NV)
    Rockefeller (D-WV)
    Schumer (D-NY)
    Torricelli (D-NJ
    )

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