“old wily Osama will likely boogie to Baghdad.”
Who said that? In case you don't remember, it was Richard Clarke, when he was the top WH counterterrorism guy during the Clinton administration. He said this to express his fear that if American forces pushed OBL too hard at his hideout in Afghanistan, OBL might move to Iraq, where he could stay in the protection of Saddam. Clarke, of course, later was a vociferous Bush admin critic.
Why would Clarke say this? Clarke's opinion was based on intelligence indicating a number of contacts between AQ and Iraq, including word that Saddam had offered OBL safe haven. "Boogie to Baghdad" is on page 134 of the Sep. 11 commish report.
Why do I bring this up on this particular thread? Because Democrats are poring through old statements by Bush admin officials looking for evidence to support their claims that Bush and/or Cheney 'lied' us into war with Iraq.
Which brings us to the oft-quoted MTP appearance on Sep 8, 2002. Lets replay some of it, as found in today's 'The Hill' column by Byron York (link at end)...
"Moderator Tim Russert played a clip from the vice president’s appearance a year earlier — just days after the Sept. 11 attacks — in which Russert asked, “Do you have any evidence linking Saddam Hussein or Iraq to this operation?”
“No,” Cheney said.
In 2002, Russert asked, “Has anything changed, in your mind?”
“I’m not here today to make a specific allegation that Iraq was somehow responsible for 9/11,” Cheney said. “I can’t say that. On the other hand, since we did that  interview, new information has come to light. And we spent time looking at that relationship between Iraq, on the one hand, and the al Qaeda organization on the other. And there has been reporting that suggests that there have been a number of contacts over the years.”
Cheney mentioned the still-disputed/alleged/possible/discredited/maybe meeting between lead hijacker Mohamed Atta and Iraqi agents in Prague. It was the subject of some dispute, he added. “The debates about, you know, was he there or wasn’t he there, again, it’s the intelligence business,” Cheney said.
Was there anything else? Russert asked.
“I want to separate out 9/11 from the other relationships between Iraq and the al Qaeda organization,” Cheney said. “But there is a pattern of relationships going back many years.”
Which leaves just one question. In light of the Sept. 11 commission’s report — and no matter what Democrats say — what was wrong with that?"
Source is here
I don't know how much this matters now, except as a reminder that the revisionist nobody-could-imagine-Saddam-and-Al-Qaeda-in-alliance claim isn't exactly supported by the history.