The White House has apparently put the word out to refute claims that the president linked Iraq and Al Qaeda to justify the war. I heard Lynn Cheney deny it yesterday on NPR, and FOX's Chris Wallace insisted that the president never made such claims.
The President's Radio Address of February 8, 2003, however, convincingly proves that Bush did specifically link the two.
Here's the relevant excerpt:
Saddam Hussein has longstanding, direct and continuing ties to terrorist networks. Senior members of Iraqi intelligence and al Qaeda have met at least eight times since the early 1990s. Iraq has sent bomb-making and document forgery experts to work with al Qaeda. Iraq has also provided al Qaeda with chemical and biological weapons training. And an al Qaeda operative was sent to Iraq several times in the late 1990s for help in acquiring poisons and gases.
We also know that Iraq is harboring a terrorist network headed by a senior al Qaeda terrorist planner. This network runs a poison and explosive training camp in northeast Iraq, and many of its leaders are known to be in Baghdad.
Seems pretty clear-cut to me.