Guest blogged by Jon Ponder, Pensito Review.
George Bush went out of his way not to use the term "mission accomplished" yesterday when he quietly declared the surge in Iraq to be a success. Bush's declaration has been ignored by just about everyone, except for Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who used it as an opportunity to trot out one of the tired-est of the GOP Big Lies: that Saddam Hussein's government was behind the 9/11 attacks.
First, here's a bit of Bush's non-declaration of success mumbo-jumbo:
A significant reason for this sustained progress is the success of the surge. Another is the increasing capability of the Iraqi forces. Iraqi forces now have 192 combat battalions in the fight --- and more than 110 of these battalions are taking the lead in combat operations against terrorists and extremists.
A little later, during a press conference held by Lieberman and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to congratulate Dear Leader on his latest triumph, Lieberman said this:
The lie that Saddam was behind the Sept. 11 attacks has been knocked down multiple times, most recently on March 13, when the Pentagon said there was no “no direct link between late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and the Al-Qaeda network." (PDF)
It is beyond outrageous that they're still out there selling this disinformation five years after the invasion.