Cheney backpedals on earlier claims

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, under fire for bombastic, misleading and outright lies about claimed Bush Administration "successes" in the so-called "war on terror," is changing his story.

Now, after years of claiming Iraqi involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks — one of the "justifications" used by the Bush White House to sell the invasion of Iraq — Cheney now admits no such link existed.

"On the question of whether or not Iraq was involved in 9/11, there was never any evidence to prove that," Cheney told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Monday. "There was some reporting early on, for example, that Mohammed Atta had met with a senior Iraqi intelligence official but that was never borne out."

Cheney’s admission directly contradicts a claim he made on Meet the Press in 2003.

At that time, he claimed, "the Czechs alleged that Mohamed Atta, the lead attacker, met in Prague with a senior Iraqi intellgence official five months before the attack."

In the Van Susterin interview, Cheney blamed former CIA Director George Tenet for raising the issue of possible links between Iraq and the hijackers but now admits "no proof" ever surfaced to confirm such a link.

Cheney’s admission bolsters the case that reasons for invading Iraq in 2003 were manufactured by the Bush Administration to sell the invasion to Congress, the United Nations and the American public.

Another of the Administration fabrications — that former Iraqi dictator has weapons of mass destruction and intended to use those weapons on the United States — faded into the propaganda mist when invading American troops failed to find any such weapons.