Ingenious. Who knew that you could get a free pass on lies if your predecessor lied as well?
Apparently, Bush and Cheney are absolved of their numerous statements touting a link between Al Qaida and Saddam because… Clinton did it too. Forget about government responsibility, let’s just pass the buck. The Washington Times has the full write-off in Clinton first linked al Qaeda to Saddam:
The 1998 indictment said: “Al Qaeda also forged alliances with the National Islamic Front in the Sudan and with the government of Iran and its associated terrorist group Hezbollah for the purpose of working together against their perceived common enemies in the West, particularly the United States. In addition, al Qaeda reached an understanding with the government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the government of Iraq.”
Clinton first linked al Qaeda to Saddam [Washington Times]