When Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Ut.) was speaking to a small group of core supporters in the bustling berg of St. George Utah he has this to say about the nature of Saddam Hussein ties to terrorist. From the St. George Spectrum:
"And, more importantly, we've stopped a mass murderer in Saddam Hussein. Nobody denies that he was supporting al-Qaida,"
"Well, I shouldn't say nobody. Nobody with brains."
There is only one little flaw with this statement, it isn't in any way true. As any number of official reports, from the 9-11 commission on down have noted, there were no operational ties between Saddam and Bin Laden. In fact they were far closer to being rivals that allies.
Yet, Sen. Hatch is still feeding them comfortable lie. Lies they want to hear, and lies he wants to tell. It makes them all feel better about being wrong. It is a mask, covering their error, and error that has led to the killing tens to hundreds of thousands of people and spending of trillions of dollars.
But when Sen. Hatch is confronted about his statements, he lies about his first lie.
"Saddam clearly had a long history of supporting terrorists, but I was not talking about any formal link between Saddam and al-Qaida before the war, Instead, I pointed out that the current insurgency in Iraq includes al-Qaida, under the leadership of al-Zarqawi, along with former elements of Saddam's regime."
That is not only a lie, but a stupid and easily demonstrated lie.
All this just shows the desire of the Republicans to hold true to the initial lie, that Saddam presented a real threat, that mushroom clouds would be the result of not invading, that democrats are wrong in wanting an international resolution and not opting for the cowboy approach of George Bush.
History has proven them wrong, but if they can just hold on the lies, the ones about the ties to Bin Laden, the ones about weapons of mass destruction, even it is just between themselves, well maybe thay can pretend that Iraq was a good decision after all.
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