September 29, 2006

Another Bush gaffe: we actually were in Iraq on Sept 11, 2001

Posted in political satire at 9:59 pm by thewashingtonbeltsider

by Terri Firma

In the midst of a difficult week for the White House, with disclosures making the justification for the Iraq invasion more difficult, President Bush’s central claim that the War in Iraq does not make American less safe, the fact that we were not in Iraq at the time of the 9/11 attacks, has been made moot, because we were in Iraq at that time, several leaks have revealed.  “Yes, we were,” said John Lassiter, a special assistant to CIA Director George Tenet at the time.  “There was this big hullabaloo about getting Congress’ approval and all that, but we invaded early in 2001 in spite of all that, so we were there at the time.”

“It’s unfortunate for the President,” said another CIA analyst Dan MacTaffie, who broke the story to the Associated Press last night, “particularly as he has made this argument so central, but in fact, we were in Iraq at that time, and I don’t know if that escalates tensions or not.  I do know it wasn’t a particularly good idea to be there before the declaration of war or the full-scale combat operations, but there it is.  We were a bit of a fly in the ointment, so to speak.”

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