Press Secretary does Snow job on Imus

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It doesn’t take much to get Don Imus to endorse all manner of lies and distortions. White House Press Secretary Tony Snow found it was pretty easy on June 14 when he stated that George W. Bush had never linked Saddam Hussein with the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Snow quoted Bush as saying “there’s no demonstrated link between Saddam [Hussein] and 9-11, and we’re never going to make that argument.” Of course, Bush did make that link. For example, he made it in his letter of March 21, 2003 to the Speaker of the House and the President Pre Tempre of the Senate. Dick Cheney made the same link on two different appearances on Meet the Press, and the September 11 Commission reported that as early as September 12, 2001, Bush asked his staff to explore links between Saddam Hussein and the attacks of the day before. Bush’s insistence that such a link be made is documented by former U.S. Treasurer Paul O’Neill in Ron Suskind’s The Price Of Loyalty, and by former national security specialist Richard A. Clarke in Against All Enemies.

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