Orrin Hatch believes Bush connected Saddam and al Qaeda

Speaking to a bunch of "business leaders" at an "invitation-only luncheon" in Utah, Senator Orrin Hatch reportedly remarked "... we've stopped a mass murderer in Saddam Hussein. Nobody denies that he was supporting al-Qaida... Well, I shouldn't say nobody. Nobody with brains."

A number of things are going on here, most of which suck. Technically speaking.

First, the reporter, Steve Kiggins, who reported this in the article I read not only buried the lead (a lie by a Senator) at the bottom of the article, but he also didn't include the fact that the Senator was lying. Not wrong, lying. Hatch sits on the freaking Senate Intelligence Committee which reviewed the connections and found no support.

So there's the crappy reporting.

Then there's the lie.

But wait, don't call yet, there's also the disingenuous attempt to get out of the lie, generously referred to as "backpedaling" in Robert Gehrke's article in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Here's Hatch's second lie:

"Saddam clearly had a long history of supporting terrorists, but I was not talking about any formal link between Saddam and al-Qaida before the war," Hatch said in a statement. "Instead, I pointed out that the current insurgency in Iraq includes al-Qaida, under the leadership of al-Zarqawi, along with former elements of Saddam's regime."
But let's forget the lie part, as fair and balanced reporters sometimes do, and examine the rest of the statement.

The only conclusion one can reach by admitting that there was no support and that there now is, is that Bush's Iraq War has effectively connected al Qaeda with Saddam's machinery. Maybe two wrongs really do make a right... (TheSpectrum, SLTribune)

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