President Bush, 9/16/05:
We’ve got a strong ally in Russia in fighting the war on terror….we understand we have a duty to protect our citizens, and to work together and to do everything we can to stop the killing.
The Russian government provided Saddam Hussein with intelligence on U.S. military movements and plans during the opening days of the war in 2003, according to a Pentagon report released Friday.
Saddam’s regime never had any meaningful relationship with al-Qaeda, despite repeated suggestions to the contrary by President Bush and others. The same can’t be said, apparently, about Saddam’s relationship to the Russian government.