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Panetta echoes Bush comments, linking Iraq invasion to war on al-Qaeda – The Washington Post

July 12, 2011

“The reason you guys are here is because on 9/11 the United States got attacked,” he told troops at Camp Victory, the largest U.S. military outpost in Baghdad. “And 3,000 Americans — 3,000 not just Americans, 3,000 human beings, innocent human beings — got killed because of al-Qaeda. And we’ve been fighting as a result of that.”

via Panetta echoes Bush comments, linking Iraq invasion to war on al-Qaeda – The Washington Post.

And let the tap-dancing and splitting of hairs begin!

  1. Michael Eaton permalink
    July 12, 2011 9:21 am

    No, just read a BIT further in the same article you posted:

    “I wasn’t saying, you know, the invasion — or going into the issues or the justification of that. It was more the fact that we really had to deal with al-Qaeda here; they developed a presence here and that tied in.” His aides then intervened and shooed the press corps away.

    Douglas Wilson, a spokesman for Panetta, said the defense secretary wasn’t trying to reopen the contentious debate about the rationale for the Iraq war.

    “I don’t think he’s going down that rabbit hole,” Wilson said. “I don’t think he’s getting into the arguments of 2002 and 2003. He’s dealing with the security situation our country faces today.”

  2. July 12, 2011 10:10 am

    Yes Mike. I’m aware that Panetta attempted to “clarify” his statements. And that is why his aides quickly “intervened” and got him the hell out from infront of the press before he continued to stick his foot in his mouth and shred a leftist anti-Iraq war talking point….

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