Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Oh, Rumsfeld was "misunderstood"

Right. Misunderstood.

Turns out that perhaps I was too quick on the keyboard with my earlier post about SECDEF's comments. So, when asked yesterday to explain the connection between Saddam and Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network, he replied, "To my knowledge, I have not seen any strong, hard evidence that links the two."

While the rest of us took that to mean he hadn't actually seen links between al Qaeda and Saddam, he didn't really mean that. As now being reported, Rumsfeld meant to say, "I have acknowledged since September 2002 that there were ties between al Qaeda and Iraq."

Right. Okay. I got it now. There were ties between al Qaeda and Iraq, just maybe not Saddam. Or maybe there were links between al Qaeda and Saddam, but those links weren't all that strong. Or maybe the linkages are just quesses which haven't been made based on evidence. More like a gut reaction.

I think Rummy ought to talk to this father in order to get his story straight.

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