A little late on this one, but nevertheless this guy makes claims that are even more breathtakingly idiotic then Cheney and the other neocons. They seem perfectly fine with the fact that they distorted the truth defaced America’s image, and have the blood of over 4,000 courageous U.S soldiers on their hands.
In this interview on MSNBC’s “Harball” not only does ex- Regan Assistant Secretary of Defense and neoconservative Frank Gafney extol the virtues of our invasion of Iraq and try and re-establish that discredited link between Al-Queda and Saddam Hussein. But Gaffney attempts to craft a new axis of evil. One between Saddam Hussein, Al-Queda, and Timothy McVeigh. That’s right Timothy McVeigh, a nativist paranoid white supremacist American Firster who plotted and carried out the Oklahoma City Bombing combined forces with Al-Queda and Saddam Hussein. As terrible and barbarous as Saddam Hussein was, I think Gaffney is giving the guy too much credit. Next he is going to say that Saddam Hussein was the second gunman on the grassy knoll and was the real Limburgh baby kidnapper.
GAFFNEY: Well, as I said, he kept saying that he was going to try to get even against us for Desert Storm, so it wouldn‘t be unreasonable for people to conclude maybe that that‘s what he was doing. There‘s also circumstantial evidence, not proven by any means, but nonetheless some pretty compelling circumstantial evidence of Saddam Hussein‘s Iraq being involved with the people who perpetrated both the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center and even the Oklahoma City bombing.
So the American people, I think, are not stupid. I think that they were looking at a threat environment in which a guy like Saddam Hussein, who was repeatedly talking about exacting revenge against the United States, who was trying to shoot down our aircraft, who was actively supporting terrorism around the world, was a guy that you don‘t want to have an opportunity to act on his threats. That may be what they were concluding.
Circumstantial evidence? Yeah, maybe in your own warped mind. Saddam Hussein’s army was wiped out after the first Gulf war and was a figure hated in the Arab world because of his behavior in that conflict. He was a secular leader who had slaughtered the Shia in the 1980s as well as the Kurds and he wasn’t that kind to Sunnis either. So given the fact that he was so weak and so barbaric towards Muslims why would Al-Queda to choose to go to Saddam?
As for the supposed Timothy McVeigh/ Saddam link. Yeah there was a link between Iraq and thus Saddam Hussein with Timothy McVeigh, after all Timothy McVeigh was a VETERAN OF THE FIRST GULF WAR! He helped in the effort that decimated Saddam Hussein. So naturally I guess by Gaffney’s standards of course Saddam Hussein would look towards a Gulf War veteran to take revenge on the U.S for the Gulf War! And this is the intellectual brain trust behind the neocon movement? No wonder they are so discredited.
UPDATE (3/24/09 12:11 AM)- Speaking of the neocons and Bush/Cheney according to Michael Isakoff at Newsweek (H/T: Watergate Summer), the U.S Justice Department will be releasing more legal opinions from the Bush/Cheney “justice” Department that were used to serve as legal rationale for enhanced interrogation methods such as water boarding. Its a tough and sad and embarrassing day for America to have to do this , but it is a good move for truth and to show that our values are back again.