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Q I want to be clear because I've heard you say this, and I've heard the President say it, but I want you to say it for my listeners, which is that the White House has never argued that Saddam was directly involved in September 11th, correct?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: That's correct. We had one report early on from another intelligence service that suggested that the lead hijacker, Mohamed Atta, had met with Iraqi intelligence officials in Prague, Czechoslovakia. And that reporting waxed and waned where the degree of confidence in it, and so forth, has been pretty well knocked down now at this stage, that that meeting ever took place. So we've never made the case, or argued the case that somehow Osama bin Laden [sic] was directly involved in 9/11. That evidence has never been forthcoming. But there -- that's a separate proposition from the question of whether or not there was some kind of a relationship between the Iraqi government, Iraqi intelligence services and the al Qaeda organization.
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Q Okay. A couple of things, I think a couple of minutes ago -- I want to make sure -- you said Osama bin Laden wasn't involved in 9/11 planning. You meant Saddam Hussein, correct? That Saddam Hussein was not involved in September 11th?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Correct. Yes, sir.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thanks for straightening that out. I didn't realize I'd done that. (Laughter.)
Q Yes. Well, otherwise we'd have a whole lot more stories to deal with.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Oh, yes. All right. Well, I appreciate it.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but from the context it's clear he meant to say Saddam Hussein, rather than Osama Bin Laden here.
It was a live interview and he got his Islamic names mixed up.
His point was that Saddam Hussein being behind the 9/11 attack is a different point from whether Iraqi Intelligence had connections to Al Qaida.
Go ahead and advertise this as a "smoking gun", if such things pleases you,
Originally posted by mikelee
Why did he clearly say Bin Laden was NOT involved. Afterall, if Bin Laden was involved, Cheney would have NO REASON to slip up and state that he wasn't.
Originally posted by impressme
Sorry to burst your bubble, but it is clear he said “Osama Bin Laden,” perhaps you think you can read peoples minds, I don’t know, but you do not know what Dick Cheney was thinking when he made this statement.