Terrorism Vice Chair: Saddam Linked to 9/11
Republican Robin Hayes, Vice Chairman of the House subcommittee on Terrorism, said that Saddam Hussein was directly linked to the 9/11 attacks.
A Republican congressman from North Carolina told CNN on Wednesday that the “evidence is clear” that Iraq was involved in the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. “Saddam Hussein and people like him were very much involved in 9/11,” Rep. Robin Hayes said. Told no investigation had ever found evidence to link Saddam and 9/11, Hayes responded, “I’m sorry, but you must have looked in the wrong places.” Hayes, the vice chairman of the House subcommittee on terrorism, said legislators have access to evidence others do not.
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said that Saddam was a dangerous man, but when asked about Hayes’ statement, would not link the deposed Iraqi ruler to the terrorist attacks on New York, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania. “I haven’t seen compelling evidence of that,” McCain, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told CNN.
On Tuesday night, President Bush mentioned the September 11 attacks five times during his address on the war in Iraq, prompting criticism from congressional Democrats.
While there’s little doubt that Saddam supported Islamist terrorists, there’s little evidence that I’ve seen that he was more than tangentially involved in the 9/11 attacks. The 9/11 Commission had access to the same information Congress did and reached that conclusion.
President Bush’s attempt to link the two is merely part of the campaign to persuade Americans that the war in Iraq is tied to the fight against global terrorism. Constant reminders of the 9/11 attacks are necessary to remind people of why we’re engaged in that fight.