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McClellan: Let people judge Saddam info

Posted By Les Kinsolving On 03/17/2006 @ 5:00 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled

Rather than trumpeting a recently released document linking Saddam Hussein to al-Qaida and the Taliban, presidential press secretary Scott McClellan today said any such developments should be left to the American people to judge.

As WorldNetDaily reported today, one of the documents released online yesterday by the Pentagon is a letter from a member of Saddam’s intelligence apparatus indicating al-Qaida and the Taliban had a relationship with the regime prior to the 9-11 attacks.

In questioning McClellan, WND also mentioned recent developments supporting the belief Saddam moved WMDs to Syria prior to the 2003 U.S. invasion.

“In the last two months, two former Iraqi officials have said Saddam moved weapons of mass destruction to Syria before the U.S. invasion. And now one of the documents released by the Pentagon yesterday, a letter by a member of Saddam’s intelligence apparatus, ties him to al-Qaida and the Taliban before 9-11. All of this, and yet the president does not talk about any of it with the American people,” stated WND.

“Question: With increasing information coming out on Iraq – WMDs and Saddam’s link to al-Qaida – what does the Bush administration want the American people to believe about these two crucial issues?”

Responded McClellan: “First of all, the director of national intelligence has started putting out volumes of information and documents that were discovered in Iraq. And I think that that provides the public an opportunity to go and look, and they can make judgments for themselves in terms of some of the issues that you raise.

“But the one thing the president has talked about, as we approach the three-year anniversary of Operation – the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom is that the decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power was the right thing to do. This was a regime that was a destabilizing force in a troubled region of the world. This was a regime that had invaded its neighbors, that had a history of using weapons of mass destruction, that had a long history of defying the international community and failing to come into compliance with the demands of the international community.”



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