Jay Rockefeller was staing the obvious. George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld told Richard Clarke they wanted to attack Iraq as far back as Sept. 11, 2001.
MATTHEWS: Richard Clarke said that Donald Rumsfeld wanted to target Iraq immediately following the 9/11 attacks and said that President Bush had tried to intimidate him, Richard Clarke, into making that Iraq-al Qaeda connection.
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CLARKE: Rumsfeld was saying that we needed to bomb Iraq, and we all said, “But no, no, al Qaeda is in Afghanistan. We need to bomb Afghanistan.”
And Rumsfeld said, “There aren‘t any good targets in Afghanistan. And there are lots of good targets in Iraq.”
The president dragged me into a room with a couple of other people, shut the door, and said, “I want you to find whether Iraq did this.” Now, he never said make it up, but the entire conversation left me with absolutely no doubt that George Bush wanted me to come back with a report that said Iraq did this.