Skip to comments.Bush: 'I Never Said 9/11 Was Saddam-Al Qaeda Plot'
Posted on 06/17/2004 9:59:59 PM PDT by kattracks
(CNSNews.com) - "This administration never said that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated between Saddam and al Qaeda, President George W. Bush said on Thursday.
"We did say there were numerous contacts between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda," Bush said at an informal news briefing with White House reporters.
President Bush offered the example of Iraqi intelligence officers meeting with Osama bin Laden in Sudan. "There's numerous contacts between the two," he said.
President Bush spoke on a day when newspaper headlines blared the 9/11 commission's finding, announced Wednesday, that there was no "credible evidence" that Saddam and al Qaeda had a "collaborative relationship" at the time of the 9/11 attacks.
According to the 9/11 commission, Iraq "apparently never responded" to al Qaeda's requests for help in acquiring weapons and setting up training camps.
"I always said that Saddam Hussein was a threat," Bush said on Thursday, noting that Saddam used weapons of mass destruction against his own people; was a sworn enemy of the U.S.; had terrorist connections -- and not just to al Qaeda; and provided safe haven for terrorists for terrorists such as Abu Musab Zarquawi "who is still killing innocents inside of Iraq," he said.
Zarquawi, an al Qaeda leader, is believed to be organizing the terrorist attacks against American forces in Iraq.
Bush said the world is better off and the world is more secure without Saddam Hussein in power.
In his comments to reporters, President Bush talked about his "firm resolve to spread freedom and therefore peace around the world.
"We fully understand terrorists will try to shake our will," he said -- adding that it won't work. "Iraq will be free. And a free Iraq is in our nation's best interests."
He also hailed the rebounding economy, pronouncing himself and his administration "optimistic" after speaking with small business owners and entrepreneurs.
"The U.S. economy is strong and getting stronger. People are going back to work," he said.
President Bush said the role of government is not to "manage" the economy, but to "create an environment in which the capital flows and entrepreneurs feel emboldened to take risks; and to make sure workers are trained for the jobs of the 21\super st\nosupersub Century.
It's about time President Bush started fighting back.
Amen - I hope this is just the beginning. Time to call all the naysayers, liars, spinners and traitors on the carpet.
THE GLOVES ARE COMING OFF!!!!
THE LEFT IS IN FOR IT(too bad they can't take what they dish out)!!!!
IT'S MOAB TIME ON THE RATS(READ WERE TICKED OFF AND WE AIN'T TAKING IT ANYMORE, IT'S OUR TURN!!!!
THE NEW YORK TIMES LIED .......THE NEW YORK TIMES LIED......THE NEW YORK TIMES LIED........THEY HAVE LOST THEIR CREDIBILITY AS A NEWS AGENCY.
NEW YORK TIMES LIED
New York Times Lied......New York Time L I E D .
That's after they(media) helped the Enemy plant I E D' S and did not warn our troops beforehand!!!!
Hitler didn't attack Pearl Harbor, but we had lots of other reasons for kicking his butt.
I'm at the point where I feel like the President needs to have a primetime conference, complete with charts showing what he ACTUALLY said and how the media is twisting it as they report on the 9/11 commission, in an attempt to discredit him...what has happened in media in the last day is just ridiculous. Baldfaced lies in papers like the NYT (for instance, asserting that a connection between 9/11 and Iraq was one of Bush's "central" reasons for the Iraq war). Such over-the-top smears can't go uncontested. (Cheney did a good job on CNBC...)
Hey OLD Friend!!!!:-)
Obviously this "new tone" crap isn't working. Obviously the RATS and their media sympathizers are tone deaf.
Time to pull a page out of the Reagan playbook and take the case directly to the American people.
#6. And they even had the nerve to videotape the enemy planting the IED's while they were helping them and did not warn our troops before that convoy encountered that IED which exploded but luckily did not harm our troops!!!!
The Media....Aiders....Abetters....Comfort Givers To Our Enemies!!!!
Greetings! Drinks are on me ;-)
Glad to know You Are Doing Well, FRiend!!!!:-)
Last time we FReeped together we were still at peace. I've been fighting our enemies since 09/11/01.
Heads up!!!! An Old FRiend has returned!!!!:-)
Very Glad To Hear From You Struwwelpeter!!!!:-)
Hope Things Are Going Well For You!!!!:-)
Very Best FReegards, Defender2
Great point re his stem cell speech. He could bring the same clarity to the media spin on Iraq and the 9/11 Commission. I agree with the other poster who said that he needs to emulate Reagan in going around the media and straight to the people.
A pox on your lying left wing press. Now, instead of panties on heads and prison 'abuse' photographs every day, I can look forward to hearing it on the News tonight. Our 'journalists' are going to have a field day - BUSH LIED! Bring the troops home, blah blah blah. I swear, if just one person at the dinner I am attending tonight, mentions the 9/11 commission and it's 'finding' I will attack them with a knife and fork. I can hear myself screaming GWB NEVER SAID SADDAM WAS BEHIND 9/11.
How do you live with these people? How do you breathe the same air? Their lies stink and spread like manure around the whole world. I can smell them all the way from Oz.
They are in the process of being exposed. And it is they who will be hanging their heads in shame after they are fully exposed. They are becoming more transparent everyday. The light is now shining upon them for ALL to see.
Thanks. I needed to hear that. I'll keep it in mind - might save me from bending my cutlery tonight.
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