From a reader:
Much of the press (ABC, CBS, CNN) were stating yesterday that a “central argument” made by the White House for removing Saddam Hussein from power was the alliance or links between Iraq and al-Qaeda.
Granted, the White House has made the claim that al-Qaeda and Iraq has some sort of “relationship.”
But was it a “central argument” for the war?
Remember the Iraq war resolution that Congress voted on? A resolution that the press, in reporting on this story, didn’t mention?
Nowhere in the resolution does it say that one of the reasons, much less a central or key reason, for liberating Iraq was the cooperation between Iraq and al-Qaeda. The only reference to al-Qaeda in the resolution reads:
Whereas members of al-Qaida, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq;
So, the actual law authorizing force never states that al-Qaeda and Iraq were allied.
Curious omission by the members of the Fourth Estate.