View Full Version : Guiliani, McCain, And Romney Are All Pushing The Iraq-9/11 Tie

05-27-2007, 05:23 PM
GOP rivals support unproven Iraq-9/11 tie


WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- Leading GOP presidential candidates may be reinforcing the misconception Iraq caused the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Rudolph Guiliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney have repeated misleading comments by President Bush in the run-up to the Iraq war, The Boston Globe reported Sunday.

In a debate this month, McCain, a senator from Arizona, suggested al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden would "follow us home" from Iraq -- a comment that could be taken to mean that bin Laden was in Iraq, but he is not.

Guiliani, the former New York mayor, in response to a question about Iraq, said "these people want to follow us here and they have followed us here. Fort Dix happened a week ago." However, none of the men arrested for allegedly planning to attack Fort Dix in New Jersey were from Iraq.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, identified groups he said have "come together" to bring down the United States, though foreign policy experts say few of the groups Romney cited have worked together.

The three GOP candidates have endorsed Bush's much-debated contention that al-Qaida is the main cause of instability in Iraq.