Fox News Host Chris Wallace Claims Bush Never Linked Saddam and al-Qaeda.
"In a stunning display of historical revisionism, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace argued this morning that President Bush never tried to link al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein:
[T]hat specific quote there where you say he couldn't distinguish between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, he wasn't saying that they were linked at all. He was saying one was as bad as the other, and when he said in that same answer something about that Saddam Hussein would like to use a terrorist network, he wasn't saying that they would like to use al Qaeda. So you're making a link there that the President never made.
Wallace focused on a single statement President Bush made on September 25, 2002. ('[Y]ou can't distinguish between al Qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the war on terror.') But that statement was part of a series of statements that intentionally and explicitly linked Saddam and al Qaeda in the lead up to war. For example, this statement by Bush on February 8, 2003:"