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The 9-11 tragedy has been in the news recently because of the announcement by the Obama administration that the U.S. would try a handful of 9-11 conspirators in New York City. Hours of quivering-bunny style reporting has been the result of that announcement. As usual, many conservative politicians have been given ample media time to air their objections. When conservatives and Republicans are scared, or say that they are, and in need of diaper changing,....the media is right there documenting each and every wah-wah.
However, when important new news, news of substance and not of silliness, happens....that news is released late Friday night, or in the case for today's post, Thanksgiving Day.....
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice raised the issue of Iraq with the U.K. hours after the Sept. 11 attacks, Britain's former ambassador told an inquiry into the Iraq war Thursday.
Christopher Meyer, who served as then-Prime Minister Tony Blair's envoy to Washington between 1997 and 2003, said he spoke with Rice on Sept. 11, 2001.
"She said there's no doubt this was an Al-Qaida operation, we are just looking to see if there could possibly be any connection with Saddam Hussein," he told the panel.
This is not a small, inconsequential piece of information. Condi Rice, then NSA chief, can now be added to a list of Bush administration officials who, on the very day of 9-11, were calling for a connection of that still smoldering tragedy with Saddam Hussein and Iraq.
CBS News has learned that barely five hours after American Airlines Flight 77 plowed into the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was telling his aides to come up with plans for striking Iraq — even though there was no evidence linking Saddam Hussein to the attacks.
That's according to notes taken by aides who were with Rumsfeld in the National Military Command Center on Sept. 11 – notes that show exactly where the road toward war with Iraq began, reports CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin.
The comments are important because they suggest that the United States quickly tied the attacks with Saddam's regime. Years later, President George W. Bush's administration was forced to acknowledge that they could find no connection between Saddam and the attacks.
Rumsfeld, a Medal of Freedom(!) recipient, on 9-11, was presented with indisputable evidence that Bin Laden's al-Qaeda group was responsible for the attacks.....Rumsfeld wasn't having any of it...
At 9:53 a.m., just 15 minutes after the hijacked plane had hit the Pentagon, and while Rumsfeld was still outside helping with the injured, the National Security Agency, which monitors communications worldwide, intercepted a phone call from one of Osama bin Laden's operatives in Afghanistan to a phone number in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.
The caller said he had "heard good news" and that another target was still to come; an indication he knew another airliner, the one that eventually crashed in Pennsylvania, was at that very moment zeroing in on Washington.
It was 12:05 p.m. when the director of Central Intelligence told Rumsfeld about the intercepted conversation.
Rumsfeld felt it was "vague," that it "might not mean something," and that there was "no good basis for hanging hat." In other words, the evidence was not clear-cut enough to justify military action against bin Laden.
The evidence be damned, according to Rumsfeld on 9-11....he had other plans....
....at 2:40 p.m., the notes quote Rumsfeld as saying he wanted "best info fast. Judge whether good enough hit S.H." – meaning Saddam Hussein – "at same time. Not only UBL" – the initials used to identify Osama bin Laden.
"Go massive," the notes quote him as saying. "Sweep it all up. Things related and not."
What about George W. Bush on 9-11? Who did he want to be the one responsible for the 9-11 attacks? What did Bush tell Richard Clarke, Counterterrorism Chief, on the evening of 9-11?.....
"The president dragged me into a room with a couple of other people, shut the door, and said, 'I want you to find whether Iraq did this.' Now he never said, 'Make it up.' But the entire conversation left me in absolutely no doubt that George Bush wanted me to come back with a report that said Iraq did this.
"I said, 'Mr. President. We've done this before. We have been looking at this. We looked at it with an open mind. There's no connection.'
"He came back at me and said, "Iraq! Saddam! Find out if there's a connection.' And in a very intimidating way. I mean that we should come back with that answer. We wrote a report."
Here's one more tidbit of little-known information from the day of 9-11. Retired General Wesley Clarke got a call on 9-11.....
I got a call on 9/11. I was on CNN, and I got a call at my home saying, 'You got to say this is connected. This is state-sponsored terrorism. This has to be connected to Saddam Hussein.'
Over 4400 U.S. soldiers have been killed attacking and occupying a country which had nothing, whatsoever, to do with the events of 9-11. The disgraceful fraud that led to these needless deaths began on the day of 9-11. No one from the Bush administration has, or ever will, be held accountable for the reckless deaths of all those American soldiers in the biggest fraud ever perpetrated in America by it's leaders.
I realize all this is not as riveting as conservative diaper-changing wah-wah sessions of wingnuttery over trying 5 guys in New York City......but it's the truth.
It all started on the day of 9-11.