June 18, 2004


Pelosi: 'Bush Administration Misrepresents (P.R.Newswire, 6/18/2004)

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today after Vice President Cheney's mischaracterization of the relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda:

"For nearly three years, the Bush Administration has misrepresented the depth of the relationship between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and al Qaeda. They continue to do so, even after the 9/11 Commission concluded this week that there is no evidence of a working association between Iraq and al Qaeda, despite evidence of some contacts over a 10-year period.

"Last night in a TV interview, Vice President Cheney mischaracterized the commission's findings when he said: 'The notion that there is no relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda just simply is not true.'

"The Commission did not say there was 'no relationship;' it said there was no 'collaborative relationship.' That's an important distinction."

Okay, we'll bite: how much of a relationship would our enemies be allowed to develop with al Qaeda before a Democratic administration did something about it?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 18, 2004 10:28 PM

Using the Clinton model as a template, Al Qaeda would have satellite technology and financial access to the highest levels of government. And Nancy Pelosi would call it diplomacy.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 18, 2004 10:44 PM

This whole thing is beyond farce. Pelosi's statement is a lie, and completely dodges the fact that Cheney was accurately complaining about the media, not the commission. These d*mn memos aren't that long--why don't the NYT, WashPost, etc. just print them in their entirety? Wouldn't even require a special insert a la the Unabomber...

Posted by: brian at June 18, 2004 10:45 PM

Pelosi would use the "innocent until proven guilty" model for all of our dealings with hostile Islamic regimes. Guilt by association just won't do. She would sell out America over "respect for International law".

Posted by: Robert Duquette at June 19, 2004 1:37 PM

Saddam and al Quaeda agreeing to NOT 'coordinate' efforts against the U.S. is, um, well, an agreement. An agreement implies a relationship.

So, if such an agreement existed, the statement 'Saddam and Al Quaeda had a relationship' is unquestionably true.

Posted by: JonofAtlanta at June 21, 2004 9:40 AM

This speaks to the fundamental difference between Conservatives and Liberals:

We figure where there's smoke, there's fire.

They figure where there's smoke, there's grounds for a good lawsuit.

We're realists and rationalists. We look at things the way they are in constructing ideas about how to deal with them.

They look at things the way they hope or with they could be so that they'll fit their political world view.

Posted by: John Resnick at June 22, 2004 7:25 PM