“We have a reason to believe they’ll try to hit us before the election,” [Cheney] said. Earlier this month, the Bush administration announced that the United States is tightening security because of the threat of an Al Qaeda (search) attack aimed at disrupting elections. U.S. officials have said they do not have specific knowledge of where, when or how such an attack would take place.
In the interview with media outlets of the Forum Communications Co., Cheney also defended the administration’s decision to go to war in Iraq despite the conclusions of a congressional committee studying intelligence failures leading up to the conflict.
Cheney said there was ample evidence of ties between Saddam Hussein’s regime and Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Saddam also had a long history of creating and using weapons such as nerve gas, he said.
“To suggest otherwise is misreading intelligence,” Cheney said.