Skip to comments.Sunday Supplement: AFTER 14 YEARS, KERRY CHANGES STORY ON WMDS (RNC Research)
Posted on 02/08/2004 1:31:49 PM PST by PhiKapMom
Febuary 8, 2004
AFTER 14 YEARS, KERRY CHANGES STORY ON WMDS
Kerry Attacks President On Threat Posed By Iraq, Does He Not Believe His Own Words?
SINCE 1990, KERRY HAS TOLD AMERICA
OF SADDAMS WMD THREAT
Kerry Said It Would Be Irresponsible To Draw Conclusions That Suggest President Misled On WMD. ABCS GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: I know you said youre 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. (ABCs This Week, 6/15/03)
As War Began, Kerry Said Saddam Chose To Make Military Force The Ultimate Weapons Inspections Enforcement Mechanism. Senator John F. Kerry had lambasted Bushs 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 Husseins WMD Are A Threat. I think Saddam Husseins weapons of mass destruction are a threat, and thats why I voted to hold him accountable and to make certain that we disarm him. I think we need to (NPRs All Things Considered, 3/19/03)
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 Powells 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 weve reached this moment in our diplomacy. Kerry added: Convincing evidence of Saddam Husseins 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)
Kerry Said, If You Dont Believe Saddam Hussein Is A Threat With Nuclear Weapons, Then You Shouldnt 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 Americas 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 worlds response to his misconduct. And now he is miscalculating Americas 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)
Mr. Kerry Said Iraqs 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 Saddams 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 dont 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)
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)
Kerry Defended Clintons 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)
Kerry Said, Were 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 Cant Make Policy, The New York Times, 9/4/98)
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 Saddams 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)
Kerry Urged U.N. To Eliminate Iraqs 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)
Kerry Warned U.S. Senate Of Saddams 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)
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)
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)
I have a bit to add, don't know if it is new however:
Some serious reading:
I need to add the Master list on Kerry:
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.
Imminent Danger seems appropriate!!!!
Long lost photo from Kerry's tour in Viet Nam.
Long lost photo from Kerry's tour in Viet Nam.
"Long lost photo from Kerry's tour in Viet Nam."
Don't call John 'Gigolo' Kerry a snake.
It is insulting....to snakes.
Thanks. We'll be posting it often ...