Instead of hijacking a thread, I'll post this here:
But none of these people did:
* John Kerry
* Ted Kennedy
* Hillary Clinton
* Al Gore
* Bill Clinton
* Joe Lieberman
* Carl Levin
* Madeline Albright
* William Cohen
* Sandy Berger
* Nancy Pelosi
* Henry Waxman
* Jay Rockafeller
* Bob Graham
* Robert Byrd
* Tom Daschle
* Hans Blix
"We have documentary evidence about orders from the leadership to preserve a strategic [chemical weapons] capability...That means to keep the production equipment ready to produce at any given moment. UNSCOM uncovered work on the nerve gas VX and says that 3,000 kilograms of VX is missing."
~ Rolf Ekeus, head of UNSCOM, June 1997 right before he was kicked out of Iraq by Saddam.
"UNSCOM has shown that it is very, very easy to conceal this sort of thing."
~ Creena Lavery, special assistant to the director of UNSCOM, July 1997.
"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, February. 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........"
~ President Bill Clinton, February 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 neuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face."
~ Secretary of State Madeline Albright, February 18, 1998.
"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."
~ National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, February 18, 1998.
"The Iraqi government, the officials, had lied consistently about their having chemical and biological weapons.... they said we don't have any biological weapons. Then, of course, we found out that they had some 2100 gallons of anthrax... They said we don't have any chemical weapons and we found they had four tons of VX... They're also developing something called ricin...which is a deadly poison for which there is no antidote."
~ Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, April 2, 1998
"We urge you......to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missle strikes on suspect Iraqi sights) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."
~ Senators Tom Daschle, Carl Levin, and others October 9, 1998 in a letter to then-President Clinton.
"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, December 16, 1998.
"Hussein has......chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction."
~ Sec. State 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."
~ Senator Joe Lieberman, D-CT December 5, 2001, in a letter to President GW Bush.
"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 mandated of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them."
~ Senator Carl Levin D-MI, September 19, 2002.
"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."
~ Al Gore, September 23, 2002.
"Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven immpossible to........deter, and we should assume that it will continue as long as Saddam is in power."
~ Al Gore, September 23, 2002.
"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."
~ Senator Ted Kennedy, D-MA, September 27, 2002.
"We are confident that Saddam Hussein retained 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 capability."
~ Senator Robert Byrd, D-WV, October 3, 2002.
"I will be voting to give the president of the U. S. the authority to use force - if necessary - to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsonal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."
~ Senator John F. Kerry, D-MA October 9, 2002.
"He has systematically violated.......every significant U.N. resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons.........this he has refused to do."
~ Senator Henry Waxman, D-CA, October 10, 2002.
"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weap ons 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."
~ Senator Hillary Clinton, D-NY, October 10, 2002.
"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop neuclear weapons and will likely have neuclear weapons within the next 5 years.....we also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction."
~ Senator Jay Rockafeller, D-WV, October 10, 2002.
"We are in possession of ..... compelling evidenc e that Saddam Hussein has ........ capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction."
~ Senator Bob Graham, D-FL, Dec. 8, 2002.
"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein ....... he is miscalculating America's response to his ...... grasp for weapons of mass destruction......So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real......."
~ Senator John F. Kerry, D-MA, January 23, 2003.
Last but not least...
"Iraq has declared that it produced about 8,500 litres of this biological warfare agent [Anthrax], which it states it unilaterally destroyed in the summer of 1991. Iraq has provided little evidence for this production and no convincing evidence for its destruction.
There are strong indications that Iraq produced more anthrax than it declared, and that at least some of this was retained after the declared destruction date. It might still exist.
There are also indications that the agent [VX nerve gas] was weaponised. In addition, there are questions to be answered concerning the fate of the VX precursor chemicals...
...inspectors have found at another site a laboratory quantity of thiodiglycol, a mustard gas precursor.
In addition, Iraq has refurbished its missile production infrastructure. In particular, Iraq reconstituted a number of casting chambers, which had previously been destroyed under UNSCOM supervision."
~ Hans Blix, Report to UN Security Council, January 27, 2003.
Once again, from members of the SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE:
Sen. John D. Rockafeller (Vice-Chairman of this committee): "There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next 5 years... we also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction."
~ October 10, 2002.
Sen. Carl Levin: "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 mandates of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them."
From the SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE:
Sen. John Kerry: "I will be voting to give the president of the U. S. the authority to use force - if necessary - to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsonal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security... Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein... he is miscalculating America's response to his... grasp for weapons of mass destruction... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real."
THESE are the guys who are SUPPOSED to be the MOST-INFORMED people in Washington in matters of Ingelligence and International Relations!!!!
THAT'S THEIR JOB!!!
THESE guys had access to the EXACT SAME INTELLIGENCE that the President had. There is not a SINGLE intelligence report that the President had access to that the Senate INTELLIGENCE committee didn't also have! THEY WERE ALL LOOKING AT THE SAME INTELLIGENCE REPORTS!
he is of no account, he will be a old, burnt out, homeless bum in a few years.
Outstanding... I'm printing it.
Excellent post and very well addressed. This sort of effort should be given a greater arena of attention.
Thank you, The_Macallan.
I would have to give some consessions to Leiberman, however. He has promoted the military more than other Dems. (with the exception of Rep. Zen Miller).
I owe you a shot of Knob Creek at the AWB Bye Bye BBQ.
You better show up.
Excellent post. I am distributing this immediately.
Know what is the ironic truth?
THERE WERE/ARE WMD's IN IRAQ! THE INTEL WAS RIGHT!
There HAVE been small caches of mustard gas shells and Sarin shells found from time to time. Of course they're always poo-pooed as being "old" or "leftover". Bullshit. Were all of our nukes made last month? Last year? No, the shit DOES have a shelf life. Have we found a WalMart sized warehouse full of stuff? No, but the possession of even a few justifies the intel. Analogy: is someone NOT a serial killer because they only killed 5 people instead of 200?
Earlier this summer a mustard gas shell was rigged as an IED. About 2 weeks later a Sarin gas shell was detonated as an IED and a couple of our troops were treated for Sarin exposure. Ask them if Iraq had WMD's.
Worst part is that this "no WMD" bullshit is taken as gospel now and Bush won't even stick up for himself. Pathetic.
oops! I take back 99.9% of inifity
That's why the Left is pathetic!
Great post Mac
Mac, ya done good!
Would you just stop already!!!
The truth hurts the looney lefts feelings.