The Media echo-chamber resounds with reports that the 9/11 Commission has refuted Bush Administration claims of an Iraq - 9/11 link; this despite the fact that the Public Record objectively shows that neither President Bush, nor any member of his administration, has ever made such a claim. One is therefore left to wonder whether the American News Media is disingenuous, or merely incompetent.
George W. Bush, like his predecessor Bill Clinton, has rightly linked Saddam Hussein to Al Qaeda and to other terrorists, such as Abu Nidal, al-Zarqawi and Hezbollah; but over the past two years President Bush has repeatedly said that the U.S. has no intelligence tying Iraq to the 9/11 attacks. Among all the news reporting about the 9/11 Commission's report there is not a single quote from the President or any Executive Branch official claiming Iraqi involvement in 9/11, because no such quote exists.
Iraqi involvement in 9/11 was never part of the Bush Administration's case for regime change in Iraq (remember how Liberals wrung their hands about our "unprecedented" pre-emptive war?) President Bush was very clear that the war was necessary to prevent Saddam from providing WMD's to terrorists.
The idea of an Iraq - 9/11 connection - like the "imminent threat" mantra -- began as and remains a red herring, fabricated by Bush's domestic political opponents. I suppose we might expect as much from a Party embittered by the rejection of the electorate; but professional journalists ought to report facts, not the fevered talking points of political partisans.