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10-13-03, 05:19 AM

For the Record: What the Democrats Said Saddam’s WMD

Editor’s Note: Given the unrelenting political uproar from Democrats against the Bush administration’s rationale for going to war with Iraq, we thought it relevant to demonstrate that what Sen. Ted Kennedy labels a “fraud” was in fact a bipartisan consensus for the past five years – that is, until the Bush administration took action.

“One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.”

--President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998.

“If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.”

--President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998.

“Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.

–-Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998.

“He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”

-- Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb. 18, 1998.

“[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.

--Letter to President Clinton, signed by Democratic Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998.

“Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.

--Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, Dec. 16, 1998.

“Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”

--Madeline Albright, Nov. 10, 1999.

“There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.”

--Letter to President George W. Bush, Signed by Sen. Bob Graham, D-FL, and others, Dec, 5, 2001.

“We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them.”

--Sen. Carl Levin, D-MI, Sept. 19, 2002.

“We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.

--Former Vice President Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

“Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.

--Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

“We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.

--Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-MA, Sept. 27, 2002.

“The last U.N. weapons inspectors left Iraq in October 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that [Hussein] is seeking nuclear weapons …. ”

--Sen. Robert Byrd, D-WV, Oct. 3, 2002.

“I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force – if necessary – to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.”

--Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John F. Kerry, D-MA, Oct. 9, 2002.

“There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years. We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.”

--Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-WV, Oct 10, 2002.

“He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant U.N. resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do.”

--Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA, Oct. 10, 2002.

“In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.”

--Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, Oct 10, 2002

“We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction. [W]ithout question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime .... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. And now he has continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction .... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real .…

--Sen. John F. Kerry, D-MA, Jan. 23. 2003.

--Quotes compiled by Snopes.com




10-13-03, 07:51 AM
Their recent back stepping only encourages attacks upon our armed forces and terrorism at home.

Don't they remember how Hanoi was encouraged by the protest being demonstrated back in America? How they later revealed it strengthen their resolve to fight the war on the political front and that lead to loss support for our troops at home and as a result more American soldiers died.

here, it's all double speaking for political reasons. To attack a popular president who had the guts to do what is right, against all odds.

I swear I don't know who betrays this country more, those that hold duel citizenship and came here to destroy our way of life by committing terrorist acts against our citizens or the politican who for the price of cheap coverage by liberial journalism destroys its our pride and support for our troops from within.