On Hardball with Chris Matthews yesterday, John Boehner was on to spew out many idiocies like Saddam was tied to 9/11 and al-Queda, but one in particular caught my ear. In defending the decision to invade Iraq, Boehner made the claim that Saddam Hussein "supported the training camps in North-East Iraq." He actually made this claim twice. Wrong.
Oh so wrong. The training camps Boehner was referring to fell under the no-fly zone in the autonomous Kurdish region. If Hussein would have tried to attack them either by land or ground, we would have attacked the Iraqi forces trying to do so. Those are the facts. In reality, we should have taken out these training camps before the Iraq war. We didn't, and a lot of the guys from those camps now don't have to hide up in the mountains anymore. They are fully integrated into the insurgency. You might recall one of the names of these guys reportedly training in these camps, Abu Masab al-Zarqawi. Yep, we could have killed him before the war, but for some unknown reason we failed to do so. That cost thousands of Iraqis and a number of coalition troops their lives.