Video: Cheney continues claims of Saddam-Qaeda connection
Vice President Dick Cheney has continued to claim a link between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein during an interview with radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, as RAW STORY reported earlier.
"[Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi] went to Baghdad, he took up residence there before we ever launched into Iraq, organized the Al Qaeda operations inside Iraq before we even arrived on the scene," Cheney told Limbaugh. "This is Al Qaeda operating in Iraq. And as I say, they were present before we invaded Iraq."
But according to MSNBC News guest Christopher Preble, director of foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, the American intelligence community has long concluded that no such link existed.
"The bottom line, and this is something that goes back to the 9/11 commission report and even before the invasion of Iraq, was that the consensus opinion inside the intelligence community was that there was no linkage between, no meaningful linkage between, Iraq and Al Qaeda," said Preble.