From a “radio interview”:http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/01/20060120-1.html 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”:http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/01/20060111-5.html, 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…