Yesterday, CNN anchor Carol Costello declared, during an interview with Representative Robin Hayes, that “there is no evidence that Saddam Hussein was connected in any way to al Qaeda.” Later in the day, anchor Daryn Kagan added, “according to the record, the 9/11 Commission in its final report found no connection between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein.”
The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes shows that CNN must not have been paying attention (and that CNN is not the only one). In fact, Thomas Kean, chairman of the 9/11 Commission, stated during a press conference that “there was no question in our minds that there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda.” Moreover, his Commission’s report detailed several “friendly contacts” between Iraq and al Qaeda, and concluded only that there was no proof of Iraqi involvement in al Qaeda terrorist attacks against American interests. Hayes goes on to detail additional connections.
There’s really no excuse for CNN’s misstatements on this important matter. One hopes that CNN will correct the record and educate its anchors.
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