He’s Right! The President Never Said That
“First, just if I might
correct a misperception. I don't think we ever said -- at least I know I didn't
say that there was a direct connection between September the 11th and Saddam
Hussein. We did say that he was a state sponsor of terror…
but I was very careful never to say that Saddam Hussein ordered the attacks on
March 20, 2006 - The President of the United States of America:
By Al Owens
Can you do me a favor? Ask your co-workers, neighbors or family members if
Saddam Hussein had anything to do with 9/11? I’ll wait until you tell me they
do! Ok! You’re back?
Well for once, I’d like to announce my full agreement with President Bush! As
far as I’ve been able to determine, he or members of his administration have
Never directly (keep that word DIRECTLY in mind) tied Saddam Hussein to the
events of 9/11.
I came to that conclusion after sifting through hundreds of speeches, news
conferences and photo-ops posted on the White House web site (http://whitehouse.gov)
When the President cleared up that “misperception” in Cleveland on Monday, I’d
thought for sure, at the time, he’d had a well intended memory lapse. And it
seems by Tuesday everybody who’d ever brandished a reporter’s notebook sprung
forth with statements that seemed to come close to contradicting the President.
Heck! I even found a few!
Saddam Hussein is a threat to our nation. September the 11th changed the
strategic thinking, at least, as far as I was concerned, for how to protect our
country. (March 6, 2003 – A speech titled: President George Bush Discusses Iraq
in National Press Conference)
But that’s about as close as I ever got to a “smoking gun”. But after a two day
search, I discovered something more startling than a mere memory lapse, or a
President fib. I feel I’ve found that there had been concerted effort by
somebody in the Bush Administration to make sure all White House speeches
leading up to the War in Iraq dripped with the phrases September 11, 2001 or Al
Qaeda. And that the words Saddam Hussein and Iraq were always in close proximity
(March 3, 2003 – The then National Security Advisor – Condoleezza Rice) The
coalition currently assembled to disarm Iraq shows the way. Together, we are
determined to do all we can to prevent Saddam Hussein or terrorists with his
weapons, from repeating September 11 on a vaster scale.
Once again, no smoking gun, in the Dick Cheney sense of the word!
It’s no wonder that that major news outlets went scrambling for proof the
President or Administration officials had tied Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda into
one nice, neat little 9/11 plot. The hints they, and the American public, had
been given during the run-up to the war were so strong most of us may have sworn
somebody up there had connected those dots somewhere along the line. In fact,
the President’s “misperception” correction was mysteriously like a number of
“misperception” corrections I found in news conferences not long after the war
In fact, you may have to draw one nasty little conclusion about all of these
“misperception” corrections. That Wal-Mart can’t sell the way the White House
In fact, this week President Bush has launched some more campaigns. His first
seems to hammer home the word terror, terrorism or terrorist. That Cleveland
speech had 89 forms of the word. And then there’s the newly resurrected (and I
might add silly) campaign. The one that always seems to get pulled out, and
dusted off when Iraq seems to be on the verge of collapse. That the news media
isn’t telling the American public about the “good stuff” that’s happening over
I’d have to say that that’s the White House’s fault. The marketing campaign was
so well mounted to get the news media (and not to mention the American public)
to buy the need for war, that the news media can’t help it. It’s covering the
war. Not the new schools. Not the new hospitals. Not the new roads. Not the new
DVD players. Not the new Wal-Marts. The war! The one that needed well-placed
hints that were so skillful, even the US Congress fell for it.
(October 2, 2002
Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against
…Whereas members of al Qaida, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks
on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that
occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq...
Now that’s great marketing!