A day late, but this is really quite remarkable – Condi Rice actually claims that no-one in the Bush administration ever said that Iraq had anything to do with 9/11!

RICE: No. No one was arguing that Saddam Hussein somehow had something to do with 9/11.

ROSE: No one.

RICE: I was certainly not. The President was certainly not. … That’s right. We were not arguing that.

Really.  Is that your final answer?

In his book, Bush At War, Bob Woodward noted that Bush said after 9/11, “I believe Iraq was involved, but I’m not going to strike them now.” Rice was no exception either. On Sept. 15, 2002, she said that Saddam had “links to terrorism [that] would include al-Qaeda.” As late as September 2006, she remarked, “there were ties going on between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein’s regime going back for a decade.” Cheney still believes there was a link between Iraq and al Qaeda.

Oops.  Damn those pesky historical documents.  Think Progress has more examples here, although they inexplicably omit the day Condi’s State Department predecessor threw his reputation away.

It’s not the Bushies’ willingness to lie that amazes me so, nor their willingness to lie about lying – it’s their willingness to lie even when they know that everyone except the guy from Memento knows they’re lying.