Chris Wallace smashes Feith's Iraq Qaeda claim
During this morning's edition of Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace follows up on an interview with Douglas Feith which aired the previous week and points to a Weekly Standard article from November 2003 in order to debunk Feith's claim that he never connected Iraq with al Qaeda.
After airing a clip of last week's interview, in which Feith claims that "Nobody in my office ever said there was an operational relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda," Wallace goes on the offensive.
"But it turns out he did make that case," says Wallace, "in a memo he sent to the Senate Intelligence Committee in October of '03." Wallace then quotes a Weekly Standard article which describes the memo as saying, "Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein had an operational relationship from the early 1990s to 2003."
A transcript of the video clip is below:
Chris Wallace: Now a followup to our interview last Sunday with former Defense Undersecretary Douglas Feith. Many of you wrote in asking us to check out Feith's claim that he's being unfairly accused of hyping the threat from Saddam Hussein. First, here's what he said to us.
[Begin video clip]
Douglas Feith: Nobody in my office ever said there was an operational relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda. It's just not correct. I mean, words matter.
[End video clip]
Wallace: But it turns out he did make that case in a memo he sent to the Senate Intelligence Committee in October of '03. The Weekly Standard, who saw the Feith memo, described it this way: 'Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein had an operational relationship from the early 1990s to 2003 that involved training in explosives and weapons of mass destruction, logistical support for terrorist attacks, al Qaeda training camps and safe haven in Iraq, and Iraqi financial support for al Qaeda.' Later, Vice President Cheney said the article was the best source of information on the Iraq-al Qaeda connection.