Friday, June 25, 2004

The Tree

Al Gore is at it again. He is almost to the point where he is scary. Speaking at the Georgetown University Law Center he made the following quotes.

"They dare not admit the truth lest they look like complete fools for launching our country into a reckless, discretionary war against a nation that posed no immediate threat to us whatsoever,"

This is almost laughable. Especially since:
The Clinton administration talked about firm evidence linking Saddam
Hussein's regime to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network years before
President Bush made the same statements.
The issue arose again this month after the National Commission on
Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States reported there was no
"collaborative relationship" between the old Iraqi regime and bin
Laden.

And
In fact, during President Clinton's eight years in office, there
were at least two official pronouncements of an alarming alliance
between Baghdad and al Qaeda. One came from William S. Cohen, Mr.
Clinton's defense secretary. He cited an al Qaeda-Baghdad link to
justify the bombing of a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan.
Mr. Bush cited the linkage, in part, to justify invading Iraq and
ousting Saddam. He said he could not take the risk of Iraq's weapons
falling into bin Laden's hands

And
The 1998 indictment said: "Al Qaeda also forged alliances with the
National Islamic Front in the Sudan and with the government of Iran
and its associated terrorist group Hezbollah for the purpose of
working together against their perceived common enemies in the West,
particularly the United States. In addition, al Qaeda reached an
understanding with the government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work
against that government and that on particular projects, specifically
including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with
the government of Iraq."

He then went on to say.
"So when the bipartisan 9/11 commission issued its report finding 'no credible evidence' of an Iraq-al-Qaida connection, it should not have come as a surprise. It should not have caught the White House off guard."

Actually what was said was, that there was "no credible evidence" to link 9/11 and Iraq, which, as the commissiom said, no one ever said there was one. What was said was that there was no "collaborative relationship" between al-queda and Iraq.

Mr. Gore really has no place in criticising anyone, seeing that the administration he belonged to did absolutely nothing in regards to terrorism.