The Wingnutosphere is going all out to reinforce Bush’s claim that Iraq was behind 9/11. Some examples:
It’s All About 9/11: The president links Iraq and al Qaeda — and the usual suspects moan.
It was good to hear the commander-in-chief remind people that this is still the war against terror. Specifically, against Islamo-fascists who slaughtered 3000 Americans on September 11, 2001. … It is not the war for democratization. It is not the war for stability. Democratization and stability are not unimportant. … That is why we are in Iraq. … Saddam Hussein’s regime was a crucial part of that response because it was a safety net for al Qaeda. A place where terror attacks against the United States and the West were planned. A place where Saddam’s intelligence service aided and abetted al Qaeda terrorists planning operations.
The dominant theme today will be the complaints that Bush exploited 9/11 — complaints that will once again reveal how critics can’t remember what 9/11 actually meant.
…the Coalition is helping to avoid future 9/11’s in America and Europe by bleeding Al-Qaeda dry in Iraq and we’re encouraging a wave of freedom that will in time sweep across the Middle-East and help drain the swamp that radical Islam thrives in.
Pelosi’s claim that there is “no connection between 9/11 and the war in Iraq” is mind-numbingly obtuse. Let’s itemize just the huge, obvious connections: …
It seems President Bush’s mentioning of Iraq in the same sentence as the attacks of 9/11 has set off a bit of a fire storm among the leftist elite in America. So often I hear even centrist individuals and media folk state that there is no evidence that Iraq was in any way involved in the attacks of 9/11 or any other terrorist activity for that matter. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The Iraq War was not retribution for 9/11/01, but the Iraq War has been very much about 9/11. It is about 9/11/2008 or 9/11/2012 or whatever the date, God forbid, the next large scale attack on America is scheduled to take place. It is about a U.S. President being responsible enough to act where he saw a threat so that he would not find himself waking up to another 9/11 and knowing that it happened because he had not connected the dots.