Last Hurrah for Sen. Carl Levin: Bush Misled in Run-Up to Iraq War
Actually, the Czech counterintelligence service claimed that Mohamed Atta al-Sayed, a September 11 hijacker, met with Ahmad Samir al-Ani, the consul at the Iraqi Embassy in Prague in April 2001 months before the 9-11 attacks.
For some reason Democrats believe that now is a good time to start lying about the Bush foreign policy.
The AP reported:
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee released new information on Thursday that he claims is evidence that the Bush administration misled the nation in the run-up to the war in Iraq.
In a speech on the Senate floor, retiring Sen. Carl Levin, a Democrat, outlined a 2003 CIA cable that warns George W. Bush administration officials against making references to claims that Mohammad Atta — the man who led the Sept. 11 hijackers — met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in the Czech Republic before the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks. Levin claims Bush officials used the unconfirmed meeting to link Iraq to Sept. 11 to justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
“There was a concerted campaign on the part of the Bush administration to connect Iraq in the public mind with the horror of the Sept. 11 attacks. That campaign succeeded,” said Levin, who cited opinion polls from that time showing many Americans believed former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was involved in the attacks. “Of course, connections between Saddam and 9/11 or al-Qaida were fiction.”
He referenced a Dec. 9, 2001, appearance by Vice President Dick Cheney on “Meet the Press.” Cheney said: “It’s been pretty well confirmed that he (Atta) did go to Prague and he did meet with a senior official of the Iraqi intelligence service in Czechoslovakia last April, several months before the attack.”
“Far from ‘pretty well confirmed,’ there was almost no evidence that such a meeting took place,” Levin said. “Just a single, unsubstantiated report, from a single source, and a mountain of information indicating there was no such meeting. … Travel and other records indicated that Atta was almost certainly in the United States at the time of the purported meeting in Prague.”
Levin released a letter he received earlier this year from CIA Director John Brennan. In the letter, Brennan offered this statement from the cable: “(T)here is not one USG (U.S. government counterterrorism) or FBI expert that has said they have evidence or ‘know’ that (Atta) was indeed (in Prague). In fact, the analysis has been quite the opposite.”
Suddenly what’s old is new again…
The CIA tortured Islamic terrorists and Bush lied to get America into war.
Democrats are truly desperate to get the attention off of Obama’s failed foreign policy.
Next week maybe we’ll hear about the horrors of naked pyramid at Abu Ghraib?