And now Scott McClellan is playing up the lie:
Scott McClellan during his White House press briefing, 6/20/05:
McCLELLAN: A free Iraq will be a powerful force for change in a very dangerous region of the world, a region where we had hijackers come from that killed some 3,000 innocent Americans.
Didn't we go through this a while back? Remember when some huge percentage of people believed Saddam/ Iraq had something to do with 9/11? Then, when called on it, various people from the Bush admin. came out and said something like "We never said that" and a careful review showed that they actually never said it outright but had only strongly suggested so people would make the incorrect connection in their minds?
Now, they are coming right out and saying Iraq = 9/11 with that cute little use of the word "region" WHEN IT DIDN'T and DOESN'T!