February 06, 2004

Meme-busting
Posted by Jon Henke

Bill Hobbs and a few other bloggers are participating in this offer by Horologium....

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.
Now, I suspect there may be some statements that require a referee. I think I recall Wolfowitz saying he thought it was possible (but not that it was a fact), and Perle has a tendency to shoot off (although he's not actually an administration offocial), but I think his point is strong.

Of course, the response, already showing up in Bill Hobbs comment section, is..

What's important is that Iraq, 9/11 and Al Qaeda were mentioned in the same breath often enough that Americans, reeling from the tragedy of the attack, made the association. This is the manipulation that was shameless.
So, the administration "implied" the public into believing it? I tire of weilding this Clue Bat, so let's dispense with this nonsense with a quickness.

The Washington Post did a survey on 9/13/01 - just two days after 9/11 - asking ""How likely is it that Saddam Hussein is personally involved in Tuesday's terrorist attacks..."".

-----------------Likely----------------------Not Likely------
DATE - - NET - Very - Somewhat - NET - Not very - At all No opin.
9/13/01 - 78 - - - 34 - - - - 44 - - - - - - 12 - - - - 9 - - - - - 3 - - - -9
78% of the general public thought it was likely that Saddam was involved in 9/11.....only TWO DAYS AFTER 9/11. Prior to ANY public statement by the administration. And two years later, despite all that "insinuation" going on....that percentage was down to 69%.

Oops.

Meme buried.

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Since I'm not an intelligence agent or political insider, I don't have any special information. However, reflecting upon the WTC and its immediate aftermath, the anthrax mailings that followed the WTC attack stand out. Now, just who mailed the anthrax and where did it come from? The most likely answers are Mohammed Atta and Iraqi intelligence services. The idea that some sort of right-wing American militia just happened to have some anthrax ready to go at the time is in Michael Moore territory. Does this mean that Saddam planned and directed the WTC attack personally? No, it's more likely that he steered money and resources toward some semi-freelance crazies, just as he probably did with the 1993 bombing of the WTC.

Posted by: CJ at February 9, 2004 04:16 PM