Skip to comments.Transcript of Steven Hayes, Chuck Todd and Chris Matthews (911 and Iraq)
Posted on 11/12/2005 9:20:31 AM PST by april15Bendovr
Matthews, after a commercial break: "Welcome back to Hardball. More now on our special report on how the Bush administration sold the war in Iraq, with Stephen Hayes, a senior writer for The Weekly Standard, who has reported extensively on the Iraq War, and Chuck Todd, editor-in-chief of The Hotline. What did you two guys make of the Vice President of the United States denying to Gloria Borger that he had made that claim that there was a connection, a meeting in Prague between intelligence officials of the Iraqi government, at the time, and Mohammed Atta, and then saying he never made such a claim?"
Chuck Todd, The Hotline: "It was to me a political fumble. I mean, how do you mess that up?"
Matthews: "But isn't that part of the, isn't that part of the creed, the belief? You hear it from people like Lori Melroy, that a lot of people who support this war with great fervor, who really do believe that there was some kind of Iraqi role in 9/11."
Stephen Hayes, The Weekly Standard: "Look, the Vice President has never claimed an Iraqi role in 9/11. What he said in that clip that you showed-"
Matthews: "The Mohammed Atta meeting in Prague?"
Hayes: "He said that it was pretty well confirmed at a time, December 9, 2001. If you read The New York Times three days later, I believe, December 12, 2001, you have senior intelligence officials throughout the story confirming the meeting-"
Hayes: "-the alleged meeting. So he wasn't saying anything at that time that the intelligence community didn't also believe-"
Matthews: "But a year later, he denied making that claim."
Hayes: "Well, a year later, it was three-"
Matthews: "Why did he deny making that claim?"
Hayes: "It was three years later. It was a mistake."
Matthews: "Why did he deny making that claim?"
Hayes: "It was a mistake."
Matthews: "You mean he forgot he made the claim?"
Hayes: "Yeah, he probably did. It was a mistake, I mean-"
Matthews: "He forgot making the claim that-"
Hayes: "What do you think he was doing? I mean, do you think he was lying at that point?"
Matthews: "I think he was denying the obvious, according to the video. That's all I can go by."
Hayes: "Well, if you know, if you're the Vice President of the United States and you know that there's video of you making the claim, why would you deny it?"
Matthews: "Okay, let's talk about the politics of this. It's not, it's not just the assertions that have been made and remade. It's the language that's been used, that the war on Iraq was a war on terrorism, that somehow it was payback. That was part of our culture for three years. A lot of people supported this war. In fact, poll data shows, just like poll data now shows they think the President deliberately misled on the intel, poll data before we went to war was that there was, Iraqis were on the planes that attacked us on 9/11. The people thought so, that somehow Iraq had attacked us. That's why we had to attack them."
Todd: "Because the lines were fuzzed during the runup to the war there. I mean, nobody can deny it is technically accurate that this administration never said Iraq was part of 9/11. But it was fuzzy, and it fuzzed everything up."
Matthews: "Was that conflation on purpose?"
Todd: "It certainly appears to be on purpose. It was a political sales job. So, of course, in some form, it was purposeful because they were trying to get, build political support."
Matthews: "Was this a 'Remember the Alamo' kind of war where we went to war in Iraq to get even for something done to us at 9/11?"
Hayes: "No, I don't think it was. I mean, it, look, if it was a conspiracy to conflate 9/11 and the Iraq War-"
Matthews: "It might be a public relations strategy."
Hayes: "Look, if it was a conspiracy, you had Hillary Clinton involved in the conspiracy."
Matthews: "What was she saying about the connection between 9/11 and Iraq?"
Hayes: "She said, October, she said, she mentioned Iraq in the same paragraph as 9/11, which these days apparently is [forbidden]. We're not supposed to do that. Nobody's supposed to do that."
Matthews: "No, only saying that it's payback, that it's somehow connected. What is the connection?"
Hayes: "They didn't say that. They didn't say that."
Matthews: "What did Hillary say?"
Hayes: "Hillary said on the Senate floor, Iraq has harbored and sponsored terrorists, including al-Qaeda. She didn't say that Iraq was behind 9/11, just as the Bush administration didn't say Iraq was behind 9/11. And let me say one other thing. When President Bush was asked that question twice directly, 'Was Iraq behind 9/11?' he twice said we have no evidence to suggest that Iraq somehow directed or was behind 9/11. Condi Rice said it repeatedly. The administration said it repeatedly in the runup to war. What they said was that Iraq changed, or 9/11 changed everything, we have to look at threats in a different, through a different prism after 9/11. The threat that we see from Iraq is unacceptably high based on what we've seen happen in our own country."
Matthews: "And so you deny that the administration made it seem to the American people like the people who attacked us 9/11 are the same people we're going after in Iraq? You deny that?"
Hayes: "No, I think, look-"
Matthews: "Same people?"
Hayes: "I don't think, the President, at one point, said you can't distinguish between Iraq and al-Qaeda in the war on terror. Now, you can take that literally and say you literally cannot distinguish because they were the same. Fine. I think he was making a much more general statement that Iraq is part of the war on terror, which is something he said ever since."
Todd: "I think the better question is would the, did the administration ever want to correct people who said, correct supporters who said, 'Oh, so you're saying Iraq's part of 9/11?' No, they never, they wanted that, they didn't, it was an added benefit-"
Matthews: "Is that a fair assessment?"
Todd: "It was an added benefit that people thought that."
Matthews: "That they never disabused people of the notion, those who did hold it? The polls show people believed that Iraqis were on the planes."
Hayes: "No, I actually disagree with it because of what I-"
Matthews: "You think the President corrected the record?"
Hayes: "-because of what I just, because of what I just said this. He told Newsweek, there's a Newsweek article in which he's quoted as saying we have no evidence that Iraq was behind 9/11."
Todd: "But by saying we have no evidence, that's a trial, that's what a trial lawyer says when they're trying to use circumstantial evidence, when they're trying to get circumstantial evidence."
MSNBC Distorts Bush, Cheney Words on Iraq-9/11 Link Posted by Brad Wilmouth on November 12, 2005 - 03:52.
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This was the Clinton view of a relationship between OBL/Saddam:
The Clinton View of Iraq/AQ Ties.
December 29, 2003. The Weekly Standard.
Tape Shows General Wesley Clark linking Iraq and AQ
January 12, 2004. The New York Times.
Britain insists that AQ was in Iraq pre war.
June 17, 2004. MiddleEast Online.
How the Networks Pretend to Ignore their own Reporting in the 90's that AQ and Iraq worked together.
June 17, 2004. Media Research Center
The Clinton Administration first linked Saddam and OBL.
June 25, 2004. The Washington Times.
Long List of Clinton Administration Officials who Believed There was an AQ/Iraq connection.
July 12, 2004. NewsMax.
Gore, Cohen, Clinton linked AQ and Saddam.
July 15, 2004. The Daily Texan.
Clinton feared Iraq gave AQ chemical weapons in Sudan under a cooperative agreement they had.
July 2004. 9/11 Commission
Excellent reference material on Clinton/Iraq/WMD:
Who is lying about Iraq.
November 2005. John Podhoritz
Saddam's al Qaeda Connection (Salman Pak)
Weekly Standard ^ | 09/01/2003 | Stephen F. Hayes
Hayes has been great with his reporting on Iraq/Al Queda connections
What's this Hayes guy trying to do? If you present facts to Matthews all you do is confuse him.
Matthews is one of those intentional deaf Dims who never heard President say, "Either you're with us or against us." And that we would treat both terrorists and terrorist supporters alike.
You know what? Bush has finally opened it up... let's continue to bombard the press through emails on past statements of dems, the actual findings of the reports, the resolutions and the time it gave Saddam to remove weapons, the chemical warheads/RDX/HMX/uranium that has been found and intelligence people who have been in the region who knew what Saddam had and was planning after sanctions. I find it effective to send emails of (many have disappeared, some of us have captured), their own articles before the war (NYT, WaPo others), that pushed for the war on WMD and Saddam's lack to abide to the UN and not destroying weapons (the resolutions). This is great that you posted this. Also, thanks to Peach as usual.
Two Clinton advosors talked of it Laurie Mylroie and Mansoor Ijaz.
What kind of training went on, and who was being trained?
Training is majorly on terrorism. They would be trained on assassinations, kidnapping, hijacking of airplanes, hijacking of buses, public buses, hijacking of trains and all other kinds of operations related to terrorism.
Yo, Crissy the sissy...
Remember The Bush Doctrine - "We will make no distinction between the terrorists and the states that support their existence." ???
We will also make no distinction between the terrorists and the PROPAGANDA ARMS that support their existence.
"Matthews is terrified that his sons are going to be drafted.That is what is fueling this daily diatribe."
Uh, there is no draft in this country. And unless something drastic happens, there won't be because you could never get enough votes to pass the measure.
Perhaps he is afraid they may just have a micro-ounce of patriotism in their blood and volunteer.
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