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Kilmeade lies for Bush on FOX and Friends

Reported by Chrish - August 6, 2008 -

In a discussion among FOX Friends this morning 8/6/08 about revelations in Ron Suskind's new book The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism , Brian Kilmeade denied that Bush ever tried to tie Al Qaeda to Iraq before the invasion. FOX really really needs to get that fact-checker job filled.

The hot topic launched by the book's release is the assertion that the White House ordered a forgery that would link Iraq to Al Qaeda (and thus to the attacks of 9/11), to further support for the invasion of Iraq. Suskind also alleges that the Bush administration knew they would not find WMD in Iraq.

Kilmeade shook his head in disgust, amazed that there are still people "making money off of it," and said Suskind never attempted to contact anyone and Tony Fratto, White House spokesman, denies it, as does "everyobody else."

Kilmeade "[doesn't] understand, because [Bush] never even said there was a link between Al Qaeda and Iraq; that wasn't the premise for going in there...." and said Rumsfeld was "tearing his hair out" looking for the WMD.e

What's amazing to us is that someone can still make money off of sitting on a couch and saying such stupid stuff. On a "news" channel, no less.

From the Washington Post:

Bush Defends Assertions of Iraq-Al Qaeda Relationship

By Dana Milbank
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 18, 2004; Page A09

President Bush yesterday defended his assertions that there was a relationship between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda, putting him at odds with this week's finding of the bipartisan Sept. 11 commission.


Bush insists Iraq, al Qaeda had 'relationship'

Thursday, June 17, 2004 Posted: 3:33 PM EDT (1933 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush on Thursday said that there were "numerous contacts" between Iraq and the terror network.

...The president answered:"The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and al Qaeda, because there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda."

Hell, he's still doing it (CNN):

"Some say that Iraq is not a part of the broader war on terror. They claim that the organization called al Qaeda in Iraq is an Iraqi phenomenon -- that it's independent of Osama bin Laden and it's not interested in attacking America. That would be news to Osama bin Laden. I presented intelligence that clearly establishes this connection. The facts are that al Qaeda terrorists killed Americans on 9/11, they're fighting us in Iraq and across the world, and they're plotting to kill Americans here at home again."

Gretchen Carlson made the point that denials from the CIA were to be expected, and Clayton Morris (subbing for Steve Doocy) made the argument that just because Tenet and the White House (the accused!) deny it, we shouldn't throw the whole book out - it represents two years of research and hundreds of interviews.

I was shocked at that defense until I remembered that the book is published by Murdoch's Harper Collins, so it behooves them to not totally dismiss the book in an effort to drive down legitimacy and sales, as we've seen with other books critical of the Bush administration (think Scott McClellan, Richard Clarke, Paul O'Neil...)

Kilmeade continued with the "it will sell books" dismissal and said that two years of research without talking to the people you're implicating is an issue, and Bush has a lot of enemies within the CIA because of the reorganization and appointment of Porter Goss. This serves to undermine the credibility of all the sources with one fell swoop as "disgruntled," but clearly he is not interested in facts, just covering for the Bush administration, no matter how foolish he appears.

So who's the whore, the guy accusing wrongdoing or the guy deflecting the charges? We report, you decide.