Cheney: No Close Relationship Between Iran and al-Qaeda


From a “radio interview”: today:

Do you believe there are ties between the Iranian regime and al Qaeda, Mr. Vice President?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: I wouldn’t put it in those terms. I think you’ve got to remember that the al Qaeda organization is primarily made up of radical Sunni Islamists, of course, and the Iranian regime is Shia-dominated — Shia. So there’s not a natural fit there. That doesn’t mean that there haven’t been relationships over the years, but I don’t believe it’s close. I haven’t seen any evidence of that.

Note the contrast to Cheney’s “recent departure from reality RE: Iraq and al-Qaeda”:, which contained this bit of genius:

bq. …a lot of those documents that were captured over there that have not yet been evaluated offer additional evidence that, in fact, there was a relationship that stretched over many years between Saddam Hussein and the al Qaeda organization.

No need to evaluate documents when you already have the answer…

2 thoughts on “Cheney: No Close Relationship Between Iran and al-Qaeda

  1. Matthew

    Cheney’s just being honest. There is not an established link between Iran and al-Qaeda. There is, however, a partnership between Iran and Syria, and a partnership between both of them with all sorts of Palestinian terrorism plus Hezbollah.

    al-Qaeda has also moved from Iraq into Jordan and now into southern Lebanon and they have made inroads into Gaza.

    They may not be working hand in hand yet – but the weekend analysis on makes me think that if/when Iran gets the bomb, they may bring all of the extremists and terrorists under its protection.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *