Thursday :: Jul 19, 2007

Tony Snow Creates Another Problem


by Steve

Tony Snow asserts in a USAT op-ed today that the Bush Administration never said that Saddam played a role in 9/11, and such claims were manufactured by Bush/s political opponents to discredit him:

We never argued that he played a role 9/11; political opponents manufactured the claim to question the president's integrity.

Sorry Tony. You should read the certification Bush sent to Congress on March 18, 2003 to justify the attack, which I noted at the time was problematic for the White House.

Consistent with section 3(b) of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107-243), and based on information available to me, including that in the enclosed document, I determine that:
(1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic and other peaceful means alone will neither (A) adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq nor (B) likely lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq; and
(2) acting pursuant to the Constitution and Public Law 107-243 is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.

Bush, by his own certification to Congress explicitly claimed that Saddam and Iraq played a role in 9/11 by aiding those who attacked us. If Snow now asserts that Bush never made a connection between Saddam and 9/11, then the March 18, 2003 certification is a lie.

You can't have it both ways, Tony.

Steve :: 12:37 PM :: Comments (53) :: Digg It!