Iraq and terrorism
Another show down loomed in Iraq for a multitude of reasons, most of the reasons given were questionable.
A poll done two days after the September 11 2001 terror attacks showed 78 percent of Americans believed Saddam was behind the attacks (1 ).
Bush and the hell yeah crowd
On October 7 2002 President Bush said "We know that Iraq and al Qaeda have had high-level contacts that go back a decade. . . . We've learned that Iraq has trained al qaeda members in bomb-making and poisons and deadly gasses."(2 ). Bush repeated the claim by saying that Saddam "had ties to terrorist organizations," but he didn't specifically mention Al Qaeda (3 ).
On meet the press in 2001 Vice President Cheney said a meeting between terrorist Mohamed Atta and an Iraqi official in Prague in 2001 was "pretty well confirmed.". (4 ).
Though the phrase by V P. Dick Cheney is claimed to be different "had a relationship" or "long-established" ties. The meaning is the same Cheney claimed al-Qaeda and Saddam had a relationship (5 ).
On September 14, 2003, Vice President Cheney said, "If we're successful in Iraq . . . then we will have struck a major blow right at the heart of the base, if you will, the geographic base of the terrorists who had us under assault now for many years, but most especially on 9/11."(6 ).
On September 27, 2002, secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said the link between Saddam and al Qaeda was "bulletproof."(6 ).
President Bush's Secretary of State Colin Powell said a tape released by al-Qaida that said the people of Iraq and al-Qaida had a common enemy, made it clear that al-Qaida is actively supporting Iraq's regime. He also said "Once again he speaks to the people of Iraq and talks about their struggle and how he is in partnership with Iraq," and continued "This nexus between terrorists and a state that is developing weapons of mass destruction can no longer be looked away from and ignored," (7 ).