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