Saturday, June 06, 2009
The Raw Story
According to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, former Vice President Cheney’s daughter, Liz Cheney, who has been making frequent television appearances to defend her father, has now reached the “persecution stage” of that defense.
Cheney told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Thursday, “The issue of a relationship between Saddam and 9/11 — it’s a claim that critics of the administration have used to sort of smear the administration, when in fact the administration wasn’t making that claim.”
“All this stuff is on tape,” Maddow noted quizzically. “Maybe the Cheneys don’t know that.” She illustrated the point with clips of both Dick Cheney and former President Bush insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda.
“Here’s where Liz Cheney’s logic gets really Cheney-esque,” Maddow explained. “In her mind, the Saddam-9/11 claim is liberal propaganda — but the Saddam-al Qaeda link is totally valid.”
“There’s much evidence of the connection between Saddam and al Qaeda,” Cheney told Mitchell.
Maddow then turned to Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff, who pointed out that “Vice President Cheney had three separate Meet the Press appearances where he talked about and gave credence to the idea that Mohammed Atta — the lead 9/11 hijacker — had met with an Iraqi intelligence agent in Prague before the attacks. … At one point, Vice President Cheney said it was ‘pretty well confirmed’ there was such a meeting. … He raised it again after the war.”...(Click for remainder.)