Palin Ties Iraq to 9/11 Attacks
Tells deploying troops mission is to 'defend innocent from enemies' who planned strikes
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2008 8:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – In her speech yesterday to Iraq-bound troops in Alaska—a brigade that includes her oldest son, Track—Palin linked the war in Iraq with the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Washington Post reports, making a connection the Bush administration has long since stopped making. She said the soldiers' mission is to "defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans."

While the view that Saddam Hussein had helped the terrorists plan the 9/ll attacks was once promoted by the Bush administration, the White House and the president himself have since rejected the claim. But insurgents allied with al-Qaeda now operating in Iraq have taken root there since the US invasion, the Post notes.