Fred Kaplan deconstructs the calculated language and arrives at the conclusion:
"Bush has been careful in the way he's worded his charges and rationales. Dick Cheney has not. Last Sept. 14, on Meet the Press, Cheney said that a U.S. success in Iraq will mean 'that we will have struck a major blow right at the heart of the base, if you will, the geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault now for many years, but most especially on 9/11.'
There's no getting around this one. Cheney wasn't merely suggesting, he was stating that the 9/11 terrorists' base was in Saddam's Iraq. Even Bush had to backpedal, admitting, 'No, we've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with Sept. 11.' The president is just sneaky. The vice president lies." (my emphasis)