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COMMENT #1 [Permalink]
... Paul said on 3/18/2004 @ 7:29 am PT...
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 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." - 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 Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI),Tom Daschle (D-SD), John Kerry( D - MA), 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, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999
"There is no doubt that ... Saddam Hussein has invigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. I 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 Bush, Signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL,) and others, December 5, 2001
"We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and 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." - 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 UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 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 he 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." - 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 UN 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." - Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002
"Without 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 is miscalculating America's response to his 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
COMMENT #2 [Permalink]
... Brad said on 3/18/2004 @ 8:46 am PT...
Keen! You not only know how to repeat what you are told to repeat, but you can COPY and PASTE it as well!
It's nice to see that you stand with pride with the Clinton administration that you claimed previously to abhorr. It's good to see that you finally give them the CUT and PASTED credit for what you feel is an excellent foreign policy! And that apparently you preferred Clinton's policies over Bush's (who was, you'll recall, against Nation Building efforts precisely of the type we are now doing in Iraq).
But as it apparently needs to be pointed out yet again to the folks out there with only COPY and PASTE keys, but no ORIGINAL THOUGHT keys: Yes, Clinton et al thought Saddam had WMD's, but they clearly weren't certain enough about it to send our boys to war for it!
No, instead, they had the nuance of thought to understand a complicated situation and realize there were plenty of other options to keep Saddam from threatening both us and his neighbors.
Add to that what Bush's Daddy said in his memoirs (quoted by Trudeau this week): "An occupation of Iraq would have incurred incalculable Human and Political costs...there was no viable Exit Strategy...Had we gone the Invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land."
So though it's nice that you finally admit how knowledgable the Clinton Administration was on these things, it's a shame you are incable of understanding the difference of the intelligent and nuanced Clinton/Bush 41 Policies versus the wreckless, dangerous, and ultimately self-defeating failed Policies of your Neo-Con heroes in the doomed Bush 43 Administration.
But you've got your marching orders to keep COPYING and PASTING, so I understand.
COMMENT #3 [Permalink]
... Paul said on 3/18/2004 @ 12:29 pm PT...
It shows the hypocrisy of John Kerry and other liberal democrats. Clinton was more concerned about chasing skirts.
COMMENT #4 [Permalink]
... Brad said on 3/18/2004 @ 1:01 pm PT...
...And apparently, as David Kay reports, Clinton was also busy completely destroying Saddam's entire Chemical Weapons Program via the targeted bombing in 1998 (which - incidentally - cost 0 American Lives).
Keep trying, chief. You'll come up with something to support what you'd like to believe is the truth.
COMMENT #5 [Permalink]
... politicshater said on 11/5/2004 @ 2:38 pm PT...
apprentally facts done matter an when they are brought up you become stupid angry and homophoic about it when on the facts you take are you own
try again big boy the people have spoken the haterd the racism and homophobia and plain hate doesnt work why move to north korea you might like it there.
democrats= the party of hate, homophobia and the only facts hat matter ours and the rest of you can go to hell
COMMENT #6 [Permalink]
... terry o said on 11/10/2004 @ 5:13 pm PT...
20,000 kids starved to death today on earth.
desperate people work cheap.
wall street profits.
bush&clinton agree to keep selling
their corrupt leaders weapons. :crazy:
COMMENT #7 [Permalink]
... David said on 11/18/2004 @ 3:47 pm PT...
I'm still trying to figure out politicshater's ranting (and badly misspelled) comment. Does this person even know what the definition of homophobia is?? The Republicans have used their anti-gay stance to recruit the mindless born-again lemmings into voting for their "moral" agenda and yet this person accuses the Democrats of homophobia?? First, get a dictionary, and then get your facts straight. Karl Rove has already said that one of Bush's first priorities is to "protect" marriage by passing a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage. How about passing an amendment banning divorce?
COMMENT #8 [Permalink]
... m said on 6/14/2005 @ 9:46 pm PT...
The Rumsfield video won't work for me. Any suggestions?
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