"The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11, and that's why what happens in Iraq matters to security here at home."
"QUESTION: On that point, what evidence can you present to the American people that the people who attacked the United States on September 11th are, in fact, the same people who are responsible for the bombings taking place in Iraq? What evidence can you present?
And also, are you saying, sir, that Al Qaida in Iraq is the same organization being run by Osama bin Laden himself?
BUSH: Al Qaida in Iraq has sworn allegiance to Osama bin Laden. "
Still trying to make the connection between Al-Queda in Mesopotamia, which did not exist in Iraq till 2004.