First, the New York Times calls for Bush to apologize to the American people for lying – that the 9/11 commission has debunked the President’s assertion that there was a connection between Saddam Hussein and 9/11.
Nevertheless, the Bush administration convinced a substantial majority of Americans before the war that Saddam Hussein was somehow linked to 9/11. And since the invasion, administration officials, especially Vice President Dick Cheney, have continued to declare such a connection.
The Bush adminstration countered that they’ve never said that. In addition, the 9/11 Commission supported the President’s assertion that Iraq had ties to Al Qaeda. There’s no conflict, none at all – the major news media fabricated a lie that made it sound like the 9/11 Commission is in conflict with the Bush adminstration, and instead they’re both saying the exact same thing.
So the New York Times culls all of their quotes from the adminstration… and grudgingly admits the Bush adminstration never claimed Saddam Hussein had anything to do with 9/11. The Bush administration does assert that Saddam and Al Qaeda had links, something Vladimir Putin confirmed on Friday and the 9/11 Commission agrees.
Does the New York Times apologize for calling the President of the United States a liar? Heck no. Instead, they say, “A survey of past public comments seems to bear [the Bush Administration’s assertion] out – although whether there was a deliberate campaign to create guilt by association is difficult to say.” If there was any deliberate campaign, the New York Times did it.
Then the New York Times happily posts all of the comments they could find. I read them all. The Bush administration never claimed Iraq had anything to do with 9/11.
The New York Times owes President Bush an apology – it was the New York Times that lied.