[T]he Bush administration never made any claim that there was a connection between Saddam and al Qaeda.
all you have to do is go to the database, select "Al Qaeda" and, whammo, you get 61 citations such as these:
Cheney: I continue to believe. I think there's overwhelming evidence that there was a connection between al-Qaeda and the Iraqi government. (1/22/04)
Cheney: [Saddam's] regime cultivated ties to terror, including the al Qaeda network... (1/15/04)
Cheney: [Saddam] had an established relationship with Al Qaida -- providing training to Al Qaida members in areas of poisons, gases and conventional bombs. (10/18/03)
Rice: Saddam Hussein -- no one has said that there is evidence that Saddam Hussein directed or controlled 9/11, but let's be very clear, he had ties to al-Qaeda, he had al-Qaeda operatives who had operated out of Baghdad. (9/28/03)
Cheney: "[Since September 11] We learned more and more that there was a relationship between Iraq and al-Qaeda that stretched back through most of the decade of the '90s, that it involved training, for example, on BW and CW, that al-Qaeda sent personnel to Baghdad to get trained on the systems that are involved. The Iraqis providing bomb-making expertise and advice to the al-Qaeda organization. (9/14/03)
Bush: The liberation of Iraq is a crucial advance in the campaign against terror. We've removed an ally of al Qaeda, and cut off a source of terrorist funding. (5/1/03)
Bush: The regime . . . has aided, trained and harbored terrorists, including operatives of al Qaeda. (3/17/03)
Cheney: We know that [Saddam] has a long-standing relationship with various terrorist groups, including the al-Qaeda organization... (3/16/03)
Powell: We have seen connections and we are continuing to pursue those connections. . . . And the fact that there is also an al-Qaida connection, I think certainly adds to the case. (3/9/03)
Bush: [Saddam] has trained and financed al Qaeda-type organizations before, al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations." (3/6/03)
Rice: Well, we are, of course, continually learning more about these links between Iraq and al Qaeda, and there is evidence that Secretary Powell did not have the time to talk about. (2/16/03)
Bush: Saddam Hussein has longstanding, direct and continuing ties to terrorist networks. Senior members of Iraq intelligence and al Qaeda have met at least eight times since the early 1990s. Iraq has sent bomb-making and document forgery experts to work with al Qaeda. Iraq has also provided al Qaeda with chemical and biological weapons training. And an al Qaeda operative was sent to Iraq several times in the late 1990s for help in aquiring poisons and gases. We also know that Iraq is harboring a terrorist network headed by a senior al Qaeda terrorist planner. (2/8/03)
Rice: There is no question in my mind about the al Qaeda connection. It is a connection that has unfolded, that we're learning more about as we are able to take the testimony of detainees, people who were high up in the al Qaeda organization. (2/5/03)
I stopped about halfway through the search results.
By contrast, what does Richard Clarke say about the putative connection between Saddam and al Qaeda?
There's absolutely no evidence that Iraq was supporting al Qaeda, ever.
Let's take that again, slowly.
ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE ... EVER
So, Joe Lieberman, that means that either Richard Clarke is lying, or Bush and his people are lying. Is that clear?
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Steven Abrams (Kansas BofE)
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Roger Ailes (FNC)
Alan Bonsell (Dover BofE)
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George W. Bush
Bruce Chapman (DI)
The Coors Family
William A. Dembski
Leonard Downie (WaPo)
John Gibson (FNC)
Fred Hiatt (WaPo)
James F. Inhofe
Philip E. Johnson
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Stephen C. Meyer (DI)
Judith Miller (ex-NYT)
Sun Myung Moon
Elspeth Reeve (TNR)
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Richard Mellon Scaife
Susan Schmidt (WaPo)
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Richard Thompson (TMLC)
Bob Woodward (WaPo)
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Arthur C. Clarke
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Philip K. Dick
Stephen Jay Gould
"The Harder They Come"
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Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
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"Singin' in the Rain"
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"2001: A Space Odyssey"
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