One of the most common deceptions Bush administration officials used to justify the war against Iraq was a supposed connection between the Iraqi government and al Qaeda. The administration’s propaganda was so effective that even years after the myth had been debunked, large numbers of Americans continued to believe there was a connection between the two. In an interview with Bill O’Reilly last night, former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin admitted to having some questions about the connection:
PALIN: I did talk a lot to Steve Schmidt about the history of the war, could there have been any connection to Saddam? So I admit I asked questions about it.
O’REILLY: But you weren’t blaming 9/11 on Saddam Hussein?
In Sept. 2008, while she was still the Governor of Alaska, Palin told “an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would ‘defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans.’” And New York Magazine’s John Heilemann, co-author of a new book about the 2008 campaign, said last week that Palin “regularly” claimed during the campaign that “Saddam Hussein had been behind 9/11.”