President Clinton Speaks the Forbidden Truth
When Larry King asked President Clinton about this statement and what he would do knowing that there were no WMD, Bill said "of course" Cheney would say that because "the evidence has been made clear now" that he and the other neocons "did not care" whether Saddam had WMD or any involvement in 9/11.
None of this is secret to anyone who's been paying attention for the past few years, but Clinton then got even more candid and channeled left-wing intellectuals like Noam Chomsky when he utterred the following forbidden truth:
"...I think they thought [the Iraqi invasion] might clean their own skirts a little since most of what Saddam did that was really terrible, he did when he had the full support of the Republican administrations in the 80's -- of which Dick Cheney was a part. [...] but much of what [Saddam] did in using chemical weapons and killing innocent civilians and all the terrible things he did in the 1980's, he did without a peep of criticism from some of the same people who have prosecuted this war."
We've all seen the video of Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein, but the mainstream press -- except for Frank Rich who wrote about the meeting earlier this month -- seems to have selective amnesia when they condemn Saddam Hussein for his atrocities and fail to acknowledge that he did so with the tacit (and sometimes outright) support of the Reagan administration.
While it should come as no suprise that our lapdog press consistently fails to mention this inconvenient fact, it's important to remember the true history of the relationship instead of the revisionism the Bush administration -- and, seemingly, the press -- would like us to believe.