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Dick, Liz Cheney Push 'Undisputed' Claim That Is Actually Wrong

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12: Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney talks about his wife Lynne Cheney's book 'James Madison: A Life Reconsidered' May 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Cheneys spoke at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) | Win McNamee via Getty Images

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, erstwhile Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney, wrote their version of "the truth about Iraq" in an op-ed published by the Weekly Standard.

Among the "truth" the two conservatives dish out in the op-ed is an "undisputed" claim that's actually been disputed several times.

"Those who say the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a mistake are essentially saying we would be better off if Saddam Hussein were still in power. That’s a difficult position to sustain," the Cheneys write. "It is undisputed, and has been confirmed repeatedly in Iraqi government documents captured after the invasion, that Saddam had deep, longstanding, far-reaching relationships with terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda and its affiliates."

In 2002, the New York Times claimed the Bush administration was "sowing a dangerous confusion" by saying al Qaeda had a relationship with Hussein's regime. In 2004, the 9/11 commission reported it found no "collaborative relationship" between Iraq and al Qaeda. And a 2008 military report released by the Pentagon also showed no connection between the two.

For trenchant analysis of the Cheneys' op-ed, read HuffPost's Jason Linkins' piece here.

Read the op-ed itself at The Weekly Standard.

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