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Wednesday, September 17, 2003
Rummy says he has no reason to believe that Iraq was involved in "September 11"
U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was involved in the following exchange yesterday:
Q: There have been a number of public opinion polls that show a fairly sizable percentage of the public believes that Saddam Hussein was involved in the September 11 attacks. Do you believe that?I'm sure U.S. President George W. Bush keeps info from Rumsfeld.
Seriously, I wouldn't put a whole lot of faith in public opinion polls suggesting that people in the U.S. believe Iraq was involved in the attacks of September 11, 2001 since I supsect that many, if not most, who answer yes to a question like "Do you believe that Iraq was involved in the September 11 terrorist attacks?" would also answer yes to "Since there is no publicly known evidence of Iraqi involvement in the September 11 terrorist attacks, do you believe that Saddam Hussein's now deposed government was not involved in the attacks?" In other words, they don't have a strong opinion on the matter.
Bush said something similar on Wednesday:
We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the September 11th. What the Vice President said was, is that he has been involved with al Qaeda. And al Zarqawi, al Qaeda operative, was in Baghdad. He's the guy that ordered the killing of a U.S. diplomat. He's a man who is still running loose, involved with the poisons network, involved with Ansar al-Islam. There's no question that Saddam Hussein had al Qaeda ties.5:29 p.m. 09/21/03