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    George W. Bush never claimed there was a link between Al Qaeda and Iraq


    Bush cited 9/11 in a letter to Congress announcing the invasion of Iraq

    President Bush repeatedly said there was such a link and that the United States should invade because Saddam Hussein might give his purported weapons of mass destruction to Al Qaeda, which could use them to attack the United States. In an October 14, 2002, speech, Bush, after mentioning Iraq's purported weapons, declared that Saddam "is a man that we know has had connections with Al Qaeda. This is a man who, in my judgment, would like to use Al Qaeda as a forward army. And this is a man that we must deal with for the sake of peace, for the sake of our children's peace."

    In a March 21, 2003, letter to the speaker of the House of Representatives and president pro tempore of the Senate announcing that he was invading Iraq, Bush also linked the September 11 attacks to Saddam’s regime. Bush wrote that "the use of armed force against Iraq is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001."

    In the years since the beginning of the Iraq War, the idea of an operational link between Saddam and Al Qaeda has been utterly debunked.