Thursday, July 12, 2007

Bush links Iraqi insurgents, 9/11 hijackers

Outright: "Aske for proof of the connection between insurgents in Iraq and the 9/11 hijackers, Bush said both had pledged their allegiance to Osama bin Laden.

"The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq are the ones who attacked us on Sept. 11," Bush said." (title link).

There's such a thing as overplaying your hand, which means that if you start to make too many claims that are implausable people will start calling your bluff. Bush seems to be nearing that point right now. I'm hesitant to say "This is it", because there's been hundreds of other moments, some small some extremely large, that could have been it, that some people predicted would be it, but have turned out to go nowhere.

But now he's making the Al-Qaeda claim outright. Where's there to go from here? That the 9/11 hijackers actually were Iraqis that worked for Hussein?

That level of fantasy reminds me of a comic by Nicholas Gurewitch:

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