I, for one, am mighty sick and tired of seeing one particular meme floating around in regards to the whole Iraq situation. I'm talking about this one, most recently from the idiotic Robert Scheer (quoted in the Arab Times:)
The administration’s systematic abuse of the facts, including the fraudulent link of Saddam to Sept. 11, has been obvious for two years.
Put up or shut up. No spokesman or high-ranking official in the Bush administration has ever made the claim that Hussein was involved in the September 11 attacks, and Bush went so far as to flatly deny any such links. The only systematic abuse of the facts is coming from Scheer, whose slipshod commentary has been a blight on the Los Angeles Times for quite some time. (The fact that it lowers the quality of the LAT is quite an accomplishment in and of itself.)
I offer this challenge: I will pay, out of my own pocket, $200.00 to the first person who offers me a quote from a senior figure (in a legitimate news source, such as a major newpaper, network news, or newsmagazine) that explicitly links Hussein and September 11. Not links between Hussein and Al-Qaeda, but a quote that states that Hussein was involved in the September 11 attacks. Leave me a comment (with a real e-mail address) if you believe you can prove me wrong. A link to the original article (I will accept a google cache link) will be required; I'm not going to pay out for allegations without some type of corroboration. In the case of multiple submissions of the same link, I will pay only once, to the first person who provides the link. Payment will be by personal check or via paypal, so if you wish to remain anonymous, you will have to sit this one out.
The closest allusion to a connection I've seen is the Czech report that Atta met with Iraqi officials in Prague. However, even the most ardent supporters of the alleged meeting (discounted by the CIA) have ever claimed that the meeting was proof of Iraqi complicity in the September 11 attacks. I have also seen many administration figures, including Bush, Cheney, Rice, and Rove, tying Hussein to Al Qaeda, which may or may not be true. However, the "Bush Lied about Saddam's ties to 9/11" trope is one that I'd like to see stopped dead in its tracks right now.
Let's see how this works out.
posted on January 30, 2004 08:08 AM