Don't bother me with the facts
Dick Cheney was in top form on Meet the Press. WashPost reports:
During the interview, Cheney continued to make the argument that there was a relationship between Hussein and al-Qaeda going back at least a decade before the U.S. invasion. He asserted that the now-deceased al-Qaeda operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi fled Afghanistan and "set up operations in Baghdad in the spring of '02 and was there from then, basically, until basically the time we launched into Iraq."And doesn't intend to, either.
But a newly declassified report released Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee found that the Central Intelligence Agency, by October 2005, had debunked the idea that there was any pre-war relationship between Zarqawi and Hussein's government. The report said the CIA assessment concluded that the government "did not have a relationship, harbor or turn a blind eye toward Zarqawi and his associates."
Cheney said he had not read the report.