Today the Salt Lake Tribune reports that Hatch has “clarified” his remarks:
On Tuesday, Hatch said he may have misspoken at the event, and he was speaking of conditions in post-Hussein Iraq and the terrorist network led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
“Saddam clearly had a long history of supporting terrorists, but I was not talking about any formal link between Saddam and al-Qaida before the war,” Hatch said in a statement.
“Instead, I pointed out that the current insurgency in Iraq includes al-Qaida, under the leadership of al-Zarqawi, along with former elements of Saddam’s regime.”
Actually, it couldn’t be clearer from Hatch’s original statement what he was talking about, and it had nothing to do with “the current insurgency” or al-Zarqawi:
And, more importantly, we’ve stopped a mass murderer in Saddam Hussein. Nobody denies that he was supporting al-Qaeda. Well, I shouldn’t say nobody. Nobody with brains.
In other words, Hatch’s “clarification” is really just another deception.