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Republican National Committee ^ | February 8, 2004 | RNC Research

Posted on 02/08/2004 1:31:49 PM PST by PhiKapMom

Febuary 8, 2004

Kerry Attacks President On Threat Posed By Iraq, Does He Not Believe His Own Words?



June 2003

Kerry Said “It Would Be Irresponsible … To Draw Conclusions” That Suggest President Misled On WMD.  ABC’S GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS:  “I know you said you’re agnostic about whether or not he misled the public on weapons of mass destruction. But do you have a hunch on whether you think they hyped the intelligence?”  KERRY:   “George, again, I think it would be irresponsible of me at this point to draw conclusions prior to all the evidence being on the table.”  (ABC’s “This Week,” 6/15/03) 

March 2003

As War Began, Kerry Said Saddam Chose “To Make Military Force The Ultimate Weapons Inspections Enforcement Mechanism.”   “Senator John F. Kerry …  had lambasted Bush’s diplomatic efforts, despite voting last fall in support of a congressional resolution authorizing military action to disarm Iraq of any weapons of mass destruction.  ‘It appears that with the deadline for exile come and gone, Saddam Hussein has chosen to make military force the ultimate weapons inspections enforcement mechanism,’ Kerry said.”  (Glen Johnson, “Critics Of Bush Voice Support For The Troops,” The Boston Globe, 3/20/03)

Kerry Said Saddam Hussein’s WMD “Are A Threat.”  “I think Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction are a threat, and that’s why I voted to hold him accountable and to make certain that we disarm him. I think we need to …”  (NPR’s “All Things Considered,” 3/19/03)

February 2003

Kerry Said Leaving Saddam Hussein “Unfettered With Nuclear Weapons Or Weapons Of Mass Destruction Is Unacceptable.”  (Jill Lawrence, “War Issue Challenges Democratic Candidates,” USA Today, 2/12/03)

Kerry Described Secretary Of State Colin Powell’s Evidence Of WMD In Iraq As “Real And Compelling.”  “[Kerry] said the Bush administration has taken too long to make its case for military action, ‘but nonetheless I am glad we’ve reached this moment in our diplomacy.’  Kerry added: ‘Convincing evidence of Saddam Hussein’s possession of weapons of mass destruction should trigger, I believe, a final ultimatum from the United Nations for a full, complete, immediate disarmament of those weapons by Iraq. Over the next hours, I will work with my colleagues in the Senate to fully examine the evidence offered by the secretary for a complete and close reading. But, on its face, the evidence against Saddam Hussein appears real and compelling.’”  (Wayne Washington, “Kennedy, Others Question Timing Of Attack But Presidential Hopefuls Back War With Iraq,” The Boston Globe, 2/6/03)

January 2003

Kerry Said, “If You Don’t Believe Saddam Hussein Is A Threat With Nuclear Weapons, Then You Shouldn’t Vote For Me.”  (Ronald Brownstein, “On Iraq, Kerry Appears Either Torn Or Shrewd,” Los Angeles Times, 1/31/03)

Kerry Described Threat Of Saddam Hussein With WMD As Real, But Not New.  “[W]e need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime. We all know the litany of his offenses. He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. He miscalculated an eight-year war with Iran. He miscalculated the invasion of Kuwait. He miscalculated America’s response to that act of naked aggression. He miscalculated the result of setting oil rigs on fire. He miscalculated the impact of sending scuds into Israel and trying to assassinate an American President. He miscalculated his own military strength. He miscalculated the Arab world’s response to his misconduct. And now he is miscalculating America’s response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction. That is why the world, through the United Nations Security Council, has spoken with one voice, demanding that Iraq disclose its weapons programs and disarm.”  (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 1/23/03)

October 2002

“Mr. Kerry … Said Iraq’s Weapons Of Mass Destruction Posed ‘A Real And Grave Threat’ To The United States.”  (Dave Boyer, “Key Senators Of Both Parties Back Bush On Iraq War,” The Washington Times, 10/10/02)

Kerry Questioned Saddam’s Actions With Respect To His WMD Capability.  “Why is Saddam Hussein pursuing weapons that most nations have agreed to limit or give up? Why is Saddam Hussein guilty of breaking his own cease-fire agreement with the international community? Why is Saddam Hussein attempting to develop nuclear weapons when most nations don’t even try, and responsible nations that have them attempt to limit their potential for disaster? Why did Saddam Hussein threaten and provoke? Why does he develop missiles that exceed allowable limits? Why did Saddam Hussein lie and deceive the inspection teams previously? Why did Saddam Hussein not account for all of the weapons of mass destruction which UNSCOM identified? Why is he seeking to develop unmanned airborne vehicles for delivery of biological agents? Does he do all of these things because he wants to live by international standards of behavior? Because he respects international law? Because he is a nice guy underneath it all and the world should trust him?”  (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 10/9/02, p. S10171)

Kerry Called It “Naive To The Point Of Grave Danger” To Leave Saddam “To His Own Devices.”  “It would be naive to the point of grave danger not to believe that, left to his own devices, Saddam Hussein will provoke, misjudge, or stumble into a future, more dangerous confrontation with the civilized world.”  (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 10/9/02, p. S10171)

Kerry Said “Threat Of Saddam Hussein With Weapons Of Mass Destruction Is Real.”  “The threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real, but as I said, it is not new. It has been with us since the end of that war, and particularly in the last 4 years we know after Operation Desert Fox failed to force him to reaccept them, that he has continued to build those weapons. He has had a free hand for 4 years to reconstitute these weapons, allowing the world, during the interval, to lose the focus we had on weapons of mass destruction and the issue of proliferation.”  (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 10/9/02, p. S10171)

Kerry: “I Am Prepared To Hold Saddam Hussein Accountable And Destroy His Weapons Of Mass Destruction.”  (Ronald Brownstein, “Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Differ On War In Iraq,” Los Angeles Times, 10/6/02)

September 2000

Kerry Said “There Is Nothing More Destabilizing Or Threatening [To The World] Than Weapons Of Mass Destruction.” “I think all of us are deeply concerned about the degree to which certain countries seem to be contributing to the potential of instability in the world. Obviously, there is nothing more destabilizing or threatening than weapons of mass destruction. We have spent an enormous amount of time and energy focused on Iraq, on Iran, on Russia, on loose nukes, on nuclear materials, and of course on China and on the issue of the transfer of technology to Pakistan.” (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 9/11/00, p. S8321)

December 1998

Kerry Defended Clinton’s 1998 Attacks Because Saddam “Is Pursuing … Weapons Of Mass Destruction.” “Americans need to really understand the gravity and legitimacy of what is happening with Saddam Hussein. He has been given every opportunity in the world to comply. The president does not control the schedule of UNSCOM. The president did not withdraw the UNSCOM inspectors. And the president did not, obviously, cut a deal with Saddam Hussein to do this at this moment. Saddam Hussein has not complied. Saddam Hussein is pursuing a program to build weapons of mass destruction.”(Sen. John Kerry, Press Conference, 12/16/98)

September 1998

Kerry Said, “‘We’re Going To Have To Make Some Fundamental Decisions About Whether To Follow A Policy Of Containment Or Deprive Iraq Of Its Weapons Of Mass Destruction.”  (Eric Schmitt, “U.N. Arms Inspector Who Quit Is Told He Can’t Make Policy,” The New York Times, 9/4/98)

February 1998

Kerry Said Saddam Had Already Used WMD And Had Intent “To Do So” Again.  “[T]here are set of principles here that are very large, larger in some measure than I think has been adequately conveyed, both internationally and certainly to the American people. Saddam Hussein has already used these weapons and has made it clear that he has the intent to continue to try, by virtue of his duplicity and secrecy, to continue to do so.  That is a threat to the stability of the Middle East.  It is a threat with respect to the potential of terrorist activities on a global basis.  It is a threat even to regions near but not exactly in the Middle East.”  (Sen. John Kerry, Press Conference, 2/23/98)

Kerry Said That If Saddam’s Weapon Capability Was Not Eliminated “We Will Be Called On To Send Our Ships And Our Troops At One Point In The Future Back To The Middle East.”  “Saddam Hussein has violated … that standard [against using weapons of mass destruction] on several occasions previously and by most people's expectation, no matter what agreement we come up with, may well do so again. The greater likelihood is that we will be called on to send our ships and our troops at one point in the future back to the Middle East to stand up to the next crisis.”  (Sen. John Kerry, Press Conference, 2/23/98)

December 1997

Kerry Urged U.N. To Eliminate Iraq’s “Suspected Infrastructure For Developing And Manufacturing Weapons Of Mass Destruction.”  “Democratic Senator John Kerry has said: ‘The Security Council should authorize a strong UN military response that will materially damage, if not totally destroy, as much as possible of the suspected infrastructure for developing and manufacturing weapons of mass destruction.’ He added that ‘Saddam Hussein has intentionally or inadvertently set up a test which the entire world will be watching, and if he gets away with this arrogant ploy, he will have terminated the most important multilateral effort to defuse a legitimate threat to global security.’”  (“US Lawmakers Threaten Military Action Against Iraq,” Agence France Presse, 12/12/97)

November 1997

Kerry Warned U.S. Senate Of Saddam’s WMD Capabilities. “It is not possible to overstate the ominous implications for the Middle East if Saddam were to develop and successfully militarize and deploy potent biological weapons. We can all imagine the consequences. Extremely small quantities of several known biological weapons have the capability to exterminate the entire population of cities the size of Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. These could be delivered by ballistic missile, but they also could be delivered by much more pedestrian means; aerosol applicators on commercial trucks easily could suffice. If Saddam were to develop and then deploy usable atomic weapons, the same holds true.” (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 11/9/97, pp. S12254 -S12255)

January 1991

Kerry Acknowledged Saddam Working Toward Development Of WMD “For Years.”  “If we go to war in the next few days, it will not be because our immediate vital interests are so threatened and we have no other choice. It is not because of nuclear, chemical, biological weapons when, after all, Saddam Hussein had all those abilities or was working toward them for years ....”  (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 1/12/91, p. S369)

October 1990

Kerry Said “Iraq Has Developed A Chemical Weapons Capability.”  “Today, we are confronted by a regional power, Iraq, which has attacked a weaker state, Kuwait. ...  The crisis is even more threatening by virtue of the fact that Iraq has developed a chemical weapons capability, and is pursuing a nuclear weapons development program. And Saddam Hussein has demonstrated a willingness to use such weapons of mass destruction in the past, whether in his war against Iran or against his own Kurdish population.”  (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 10/2/90, p. S14330)

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KEYWORDS: 2004; downingstreetmemo; hypocrite; kerry; kerryrecord; lies; nointegrity; rnc
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Looks like Kerry is taking pages out of the Clinton playbook that were written for him by Ms. Clinton. Seems he has put his finger in the wind to see which way to go on WMD's. What a hypocrite and a liar!
1 posted on 02/08/2004 1:31:50 PM PST by PhiKapMom
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To: MeekOneGOP; onyx; My2Cents; JohnHuang2; Dog Gone; Dog; isthisnickcool; OKSooner; VOA; mhking; ...
RNC Research has been busy! More of the waffling of John "Botox" Kerry!

If you would like on or off this Bush ping list, please let me know!

2 posted on 02/08/2004 1:33:02 PM PST by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Support Bush-Cheney '04)
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To: PhiKapMom
Great post!

My fear is that we all have bigger files to use against Kerry than President Bush is willing to use.

I respect his desire to change the tone in Washington, but he needs to defend himself against Kerry's charges, using Kerry's own words and voting record. There is nothing dirty about that and I sincerely hope the president rethinks his current position on not "attacking" the candidates.

Again - it's not attacking when using the candidates OWN words and voting record.
3 posted on 02/08/2004 1:38:44 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: PhiKapMom
Outstanding stuff!

I have a bit to add, don't know if it is new however:

Some serious reading:

PRESIDENT CLINTON VIDEO, December 16, 1998 Sadaam has nuclear arms, poison gas/bio weapons.

Statement of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV - On the Iraq Resolution - October 10, 2002

Remarks of Senator John Kerry on Iraq | October 09, 2002 |

Larry Elder: Were we misled? (about Iraq's WMD)

I need to add the Master list on Kerry:

John Kerry- some selected, informative links... compiled by Backhoe

4 posted on 02/08/2004 1:45:58 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: Peach
Would expect to see the volumes of files on Kerry come out from RNC -- believe Gillespie is relishing the thought of RNC getting out the truth on Kerry -- this time I would expect RNC to be very much on the attack against the Dems unlike last time in 2000, we barely heard from them.

This is the new and improved RNC -- I quit donating to them in 2000 because of their lack of doing anything to help the Bush-Cheney campaign except for Mickleson appearing on cable news from time to time. All I got were fundraising letters and nothing even close to RNC Research! Chairman Racicot changed all of that when he took over with Jack Oliver!
5 posted on 02/08/2004 1:45:59 PM PST by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Support Bush-Cheney '04)
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To: PhiKapMom
I'm glad to hear that. We stopped donating for a while as well with letters back to them that they do NOT defend themselves adequately.

In the debates, when WMD come up, do you think President Bush will repeat Kerry's past statements back to him?
6 posted on 02/08/2004 1:47:48 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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7 posted on 02/08/2004 1:48:13 PM PST by jmstein7
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
From the document at the Kerry link above we have:


I have said publicly for years that weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Saddam Hussein pose a real and grave threat to our security and that of our allies in the Persian Gulf region. Saddam Hussein's record bears this out.

Say what???????

Imminent Danger seems appropriate!!!!

8 posted on 02/08/2004 1:49:42 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: PhiKapMom
The "missing link"?

9 posted on 02/08/2004 1:53:07 PM PST by Tamzee (EARTH FIRST!!! We'll stripmine the other planets later...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Kerry's own words coming back to haunt him! How appropriate!
10 posted on 02/08/2004 1:54:11 PM PST by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Support Bush-Cheney '04)
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To: Peach
I would sincerely hope that he plays it right back at Kerry which I believe this time he will.

Not sure that this morning's interview where he talked about being disappointed in the climate in D.C., isn't the beginning of him giving up on that and going after the Dems. Just a suspicion that he was telling Russert, I have really tried, don't understand it, and not going to keep holding out my hand to get it bit off!
11 posted on 02/08/2004 1:57:19 PM PST by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Support Bush-Cheney '04)
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12 posted on 02/08/2004 2:00:53 PM PST by VOA
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To: PhiKapMom; All

-John Kerry- some selected, informative links...--

13 posted on 02/08/2004 2:02:20 PM PST by backhoe (Just an old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the TrackBall into the Sunset...)
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To: PhiKapMom
Good research, but what is Kerry now saying about WMD's?
14 posted on 02/08/2004 2:03:01 PM PST by Symblized
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Kerry: America needs a 'regime change' too

15 posted on 02/08/2004 2:05:39 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out this HILARIOUS story !! haha!:
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To: PhiKapMom
I hope you're right.

He can still remain above the fray and yet have facts at his disposal regarding Kerry's record, which is abysmal.
16 posted on 02/08/2004 2:07:11 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: PhiKapMom
John 'effing' Kerry is the NEW JFK. Camelot II is right around the corner, how dare you USE his OWN words against him. < /sarcasm >
17 posted on 02/08/2004 2:08:30 PM PST by PISANO (u)
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18 posted on 02/08/2004 2:14:54 PM PST by Free Vulcan
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To: PhiKapMom
Excellent. Bookmarked.
19 posted on 02/08/2004 2:26:47 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul (Freedom isn't won by soundbites but by the unyielding determination and sacrifice given in its cause)
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To: PhiKapMom
John "Botox" Kerry is lying rat cretin!
20 posted on 02/08/2004 2:30:29 PM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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