I can, however, prevaricate, obfuscate, make statements that imply without definitively stating, and generally muddy the waters. And it’s okay! It must be, my government does it, at the highest level.
For months now going on years, whenever Dubya (or “Shrub” as Molly Ivins has dubbed him) has made a speech explaining to the American people and allies abroad the need to invade Iraq, capture Saddam Hussein, etc etc, he has referred to 9/11. Nine-eleven two-thousand one. The day that changed America.
Without actually stating that Iraq was responsible for terrorist attacks on America, our esteemed president has created the impression of connection by proximity in speech. No wonder a significant percentage of Americans believed that Iraq was involved, despite repeated reports that there was no evidence of any substantial link between Al Qaida and Saddam Hussein.
Donald Rumsfeld (Rummy is his nickname, rummy is his logic) has repeatedly stated, without equivocation, that there are direct links between Al-Qaida and Iraq, long-standing links. We do know that at one point Osama Bin Laden requested aid from Saddam Hussein, but nothing came of it. Surely someone in Al-Qaida passed through Bagdhad International at some point in his life. But that’s hardly solid evidence of cooperation.
The Nine-Eleven Commission has released a report stating there is no connection between Al-Qaida and the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein. So what do I hear my president say today on the radio?
Pres Geo W Bush states: we have never said there was a link between Iraq and Al-Qaida.
The mind boggles. I just don’t know what to say about this.