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Cheney Justifies Invasion Of Iraq In First Televised Interview in Six Months

StorySeptember 16, 2003
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In attempting to sell the reasons for the war against Baghdad, Vice President Dick Cheney repeats many allegations about Iraq that have been proven false over the past two years. We spend the hour dissecting some of Cheney’s statements in his interview with Tim Russert on NBC’s "Meet the Press."

In his first televised interview in six months Vice President Dick Cheney went on the offensive to justify the Bush Administration’s invasion of Iraq. In a lengthy interview on NBC’s "Meet the Press", Cheney portrayed Iraq as "the geographic base" for the September 11th attacks. In attempting to sell the reasons for the war against Baghdad, Cheney repeated many allegations about Iraq that have been proven false over the past two years.

Today, we spend the hour dissecting some of the Vice President’s statements.

His comments on Niger’s link to the alleged Iraq nuclear program.

His story that one of the 9/11 hijackers Muhammad Atta met with Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague.

What Cheney said about the Iraqi American who went to Iraq after the World Trade Center bombing in 1993. There’s a $25 million price on his head, when Saddam Hussein offered to hand him over, the Bush administration said no. They also did not include him in the playing cards of the most wanted men in Iraq.

We also look at the U.S. authorized flights of the Bin Laden family and more than 100 other Saudis soon after September 11th when all other flights had been grounded.


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