Friday, July 11, 2014


The Wall Street Journal publishes a short rebuttal to Dick & Liz Cheney's lie about Iraq although it's not on the top half of the front page.
Cheney vs. 9/11 Commission: What Each Said About Iraq
3:36 pm ET
Jul 11, 2014

By Warren Bass
Washington Wire (Think Tank)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz, a former U.S. Senate candidate, have written a piece on Iraq in the Weekly Standard that resuscitates an old argument about Saddam Hussein’s links to al Qaeda.

The Cheneys write: “It is undisputed, and has been confirmed repeatedly in Iraqi government documents captured after the invasion, that Saddam had deep, longstanding, far-reaching relationships with terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda and its affiliates.”
In fact, the 9/11 Commission disputed it 10 years ago.

Early in its best-selling final report, the independent, bipartisan commission rendered a judgment on Osama bin Laden’s relationship with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, rooted in a rigorous review of intelligence reports, that differs flatly from the Cheneys’ view: “The reports describe friendly contacts and indicate some common themes in both sides’ hatred of the United States. But to date we have seen no evidence that these or the earlier contacts ever developed into a collaborative operational relationship. Nor have we seen evidence indicating that Iraq cooperated with al Qaeda in developing or carrying out any attacks against the United States.”

Warren Bass, senior editor of The Wall Street Journal’s Review section, served on the staff of the 9/11 Commission from 2003 to 2004.

This is how the Washington Wire is described:

About Washington Wire

Washington Wire is one of the oldest standing features in American journalism. Since the Wire launched on Sept. 20, 1940, the Journal has offered readers an informal look at the capital. Now online, the Wire provides a succession of glimpses at what’s happening behind hot stories and warnings of what to watch for in the days ahead. The Wire is led by Reid J. Epstein, with contributions from the rest of the bureau. Washington Wire now also includes Think Tank, our home for outside analysis from policy and political thinkers.

UPDATE: The Washington Wire let Liz Cheney make a reply to Bass.

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