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(A MUST READ) The Clinton Administration's Public Case Against Saddam Hussein
New American Century dot org ^ | 2004?

Posted on 11/12/2005 9:10:44 AM PST by doug from upland

"The [Bush] Administration did not hesitate to heighten and distort public fear of terrorism after September 11th, to create a political case for attacking Iraq."
-- Former Vice President Al Gore, February 5, 2004

The Clinton Administration's Public Case Against Saddam Hussein

In June of 1997, Iraq officials had ratcheted up their obstruction of UNSCOM inspection efforts. They interfered with UNSCOM air operations and denied and delayed access of inspectors to sites. In September, they burned documents at sites while inspectors watched outside the front entrance. By mid-November, Saddam Hussein had demanded an end to U-2 surveillance flights over Iraq and called on American inspectors to leave Iraq.1 Iraqis also began moving equipment that could produce weapons of mass destruction out of the range of video cameras inspectors had installed inside key industrial facilities.2

At first, the Clinton administration adopted a generally reserved tone toward Saddam's provocations. "We believe that he needs to fulfill all the Security Council obligations and that that is an appropriate way to deal with him," commented Secretary Albright at a November 5 press conference with the German foreign minister.3

The next day Secretary Cohen held a ceremony unrelated to Iraq, but, citing "an unusual array" of journalists present, he also spoke on Iraq. "[I]t's imperative that Iraq comply with U.N. mandates," said Cohen, but "the task right now, however, is to persuade them to cease and desist from their obstruction." And when asked what would be the consequences should Saddam not comply, Cohen said simply, "it's important that we not speculate what those reactions might be."4

Striking a similar tone on November 10 at the Pentagon, Vice President Gore stated that "Saddam has taken steps that interfere with the ability of the inspection team to carry out its mission." He added, "The procedure chosen to deal with this situation is to engage him in discussions in which he can be made aware that this is not a smart thing for him to do, and he ought to change his mind."5

But Saddam remained defiant. So on Friday, November 14, President Clinton and his top advisors met at the White House and decided to launch a public campaign to build support for a possible war against Iraq.

"Prepare the Country for War"

The New York Times reported that at the November 14 meeting the "White House decided to prepare the country for war." According to the Times, "[t]he decision was made to begin a public campaign through interviews on the Sunday morning television news programs to inform the American people of the dangers of biological warfare."6 During this time, the Washington Post reported that President Clinton specifically directed Cohen "to raise the profile of the biological and chemical threat."7

On November 16, Cohen made a widely reported appearance on ABC's This Week in which he placed a five-pound bag of sugar on the table and stated that that amount of anthrax "would destroy at least half the population" of Washington, D.C. Cohen explained how fast a person could die once exposed to anthrax. "One of the things we found with anthrax is that one breath and you are likely to face death within five days. One small particle of anthrax would produce death within five days." And he noted that Iraq "has had enormous amounts" of anthrax. Cohen also spoke on the extreme lethality of VX nerve agent: "One drop [of VX] from this particular thimble as such -- one single drop will kill you within a few minutes." And he reminded the world that Saddam may have enough VX to kill "millions, millions, if it were properly dispersed and through aerosol mechanisms."8

"The War of Words Grows; U.S.: Poisons Are World Threat" headlined the New York Daily News Monday morning.9 CBS News said the White House had begun "a new tack, warning in the darkest possible terms of the damage which Saddam Hussein could inflict with his chemical and biological weapons."10 And in "America the Vulnerable; A disaster is just waiting to happen if Iraq unleashes its poison and germs," Time wrote that "officials in Washington are deeply worried about what some of them call 'strategic crime.' By that they mean the merging of the output from a government's arsenals, like Saddam's biological weapons, with a group of semi-independent terrorists, like radical Islamist groups, who might slip such bioweapons into the U.S. and use them."11

This message was echoed in a series of remarks President Clinton delivered the same week.

"I say this not to frighten you"

In Sacramento, November 15, Clinton painted a bleak future if nations did not cooperate against "organized forces of destruction," telling the audience that only a small amount of "nuclear cake put in a bomb would do ten times as much damage as the Oklahoma City bomb did." Effectively dealing with proliferation and not letting weapons "fall into the wrong hands" is "fundamentally what is stake in the stand off we're having in Iraq today."

He asked Americans to not to view the current crisis as a "replay" of the Gulf War in 1991. Instead, "think about it in terms of the innocent Japanese people that died in the subway when the sarin gas was released [by the religious cult Aum Shinrikyo in 1995]; and how important it is for every responsible government in the world to do everything that can possibly be done not to let big stores of chemical or biological weapons fall into the wrong hands, not to let irresponsible people develop the capacity to put them in warheads on missiles or put them in briefcases that could be exploded in small rooms. And I say this not to frighten you."12

Again in Wichita, November 17, Clinton said that what happens in Iraq "matters to you, to your children and to the future, because this is a challenge we must face not just in Iraq but throughout the world. We must not allow the 21st century to go forward under a cloud of fear that terrorists, organized criminals, drug traffickers will terrorize people with chemical and biological weapons the way the nuclear threat hung over the heads of the whole world through the last half of this century. That is what is at issue."13

On November 19, at a White House signing ceremony for an adoption bill, Clinton warned that Iraq must "let the weapons inspectors resume their work to prevent Iraq from developing an arsenal of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons." To achieve this, "we are prepared to pursue whatever options are necessary" because, Clinton added, "I do not want these children we are trying to put in stable homes to grow up into a world where they are threatened by terrorists with biological and chemical weapons."14

In Washington, D.C., November 21, Clinton applauded the return of UNSCOM inspectors that day (after a three week absence) "to proceed with their work without interference, to find, to destroy, to prevent Iraq from rebuilding nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the missiles to carry them." He added: "We must not let our children be exposed to the indiscriminate availability and potential abuse and actual use of the biological and chemical and smaller-scale nuclear weapons which could terrorize the 21st century," said Clinton.15

But with the return of the UNSCOM, Iraqi officials began delaying entry of inspectors to "sensitive sites."16

"Clear and Present Danger"

On November 25, the Pentagon released "Proliferation: Threat and Response." A few things stand out in the report. In the section on Iraq, the word "terrorism" (in any form) is not mentioned. It is, though, cited in the sections on Libya and Iran. The report stated that Iraq "probably has hidden" chemical munitions, "may retain … some missile warheads" from its old biological program, and could jump-start production of chemical and biological weapons "should UN sanctions and monitoring end or be substantially reduced."17

Cohen began his press briefing on the Pentagon report by showing a picture of a Kurdish mother and her child who had been gassed by Saddam's army. A bit later, standing besides the gruesome image, he described death on a mass scale. "One drop [of VX nerve agent] on your finger will produce death in a matter of just a few moments. Now the UN believes that Saddam may have produced as much as 200 tons of VX, and this would, of course, be theoretically enough to kill every man, woman and child on the face of the earth." He then sketched an image of a massive chemical attack on an American city. Recalling Saddam's use of poison gas and the sarin attack in Tokyo, Cohen warned that "we face a clear and present danger today" and reminded people that the "terrorist who bombed the World Trade Center in New York had in mind the destruction and deaths of some 250,000 people that they were determined to kill."

Asked whether Iraq had moved "any of his programs underground into these hardened facilities," Cohen responded that he didn't know whether Saddam had "moved these chemicals or biological agents and materials --- not only the agents themselves, but documentation .... So we don't know whether they've moved them into hardened shelters or underground bunkers." He spoke of Iraqi weapons as fact, not a probability or likelihood.18

By mid-December, the Pentagon had announced that all members of the military would be vaccinated against anthrax with the first vaccinations going to those "assigned or deployed to the high threat areas of Southwest Asia and Northeast Asia."19 At the same, time, Iraqi officials announced a ban on inspections of "presidential sites" and restricted access to other "sensitive sites." With the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan approaching on December 31, the administration decided that any military strike had to wait. "Dragging things out to get past Ramadan" is how a senior Clinton official characterized administration policy during this period to the Washington Post.20


With the end of Ramadan on January 29 and Saddam still failing to comply with his commitment to the U.N. to disarm, Clinton officials resumed public efforts to make the case on the threat posed by Saddam Hussein.

Secretary Albright flew to the Middle East to drum up support for possible war.21 "Saddam Hussein, armed with chemical and biological weapons, is a threat to the international community," she told journalists in Bahrain.22

A few days later, on February 7, Clinton, joined by Prime Minister Blair, devoted his Saturday radio address to Iraq. Noting the two were speaking from the same room where FDR and Churchill "charted our path victory in World War II," Clinton told Americans that we now face "a new nexus of threats, none more dangerous than chemical and biological weapons, and the terrorists, criminals and outlaw states that seek to acquire them." He warned that "Iraq continues to conceal chemical and biological weapon[s]," "has the "missiles that can deliver them" and "has the capacity to quickly restart production of these weapons."23

How fast Saddam could "restart production" was discussed in a 10-page U.S. Government white paper on "Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction" released on February 13.24 "In the absence of UNSCOM inspectors," the report stated, "Iraq could restart limited mustard agent production with[in] a few weeks, full-production of sarin within a few months, and pre-Gulf war production levels - including VX - within two or three years." It had a chart listing how many were killed by Saddam's chemical weapons in the 1980s. It noted that although inspections severely curtailed Iraq's wmd programs, Saddam "is actively trying to retain what remains of his wmd programs while wearing down the will of the Security Council to maintain sanctions." But, "even a small residual force of operational missiles armed with biological or chemical warheads would pose a serious threat to neighboring countries and US military forces in the region."25

It detailed the biological and chemical agents and munitions for which Iraq had not accounted. It stated that Iraq "provided no hard evidence to support claims that it destroyed all of its BW agents and munitions in 1991" and "has not supplied adequate evidence to support its claim that it destroyed all of its CW agents and munitions."26

The white paper also discussed Iraqi nuclear activity.

Under the White Paper's "nuclear weapons" section, it observed: "Baghdad's interest in acquiring nuclear or developing nuclear weapons has not diminished"; "we have concerns that scientists may be pursuing theoretical nuclear research that would reduce the time required to produce a weapon should Iraq acquire sufficient fissile material"; "Iraq continues to withhold significant information about enrichment techniques, foreign procurement, weapons design, and the role of Iraq's security and intelligence services in obtaining external assistance and coordinating postwar concealment."27

On February 17, President Clinton spoke on the steps of the Pentagon. The president declared that the great danger confronting the U.S. and its allies was the "threat Iraq poses now-a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists, drug traffickers, or organized criminals who travel the world among us unnoticed." Before the Gulf War of 1991, he noted, "Saddam had built up a terrible arsenal, and he had used it. Not once, but many times in a decade-long war with Iran, he used chemical weapons against combatants, against civilians, against a foreign adversary and even against his own people."28

Clinton furthered explained that:

Iraq "admitted, among other things, an offensive biological warfare capability, notably, 5,000 gallons of botulinum, which causes botulism; 2,000 gallons of anthrax; 25 biological-filled Scud warheads; and 157 aerial bombs. And I might say UNSCOM inspectors believe that Iraq has actually greatly understated its production. . . .

"Over the past few months, as [the weapons inspectors] have come closer and closer to rooting out Iraq's remaining nuclear capacity, Saddam has undertaken yet another gambit to thwart their ambitions by imposing debilitating conditions on the inspectors and declaring key sites which have still not been inspected off limits . . . .

"It is obvious that there is an attempt here, based on the whole history of this operation since 1991, to protect whatever remains of his capacity to produce weapons of mass destruction, the missiles to deliver them, and the feed stocks necessary to produce them. The UNSCOM inspectors believe that Iraq still has stockpiles of chemical and biological munitions, a small force of Scud-type missiles, and the capacity to restart quickly its production program and build many, many more weapons. . . .

"Now, let's imagine the future. What if he fails to comply and we fail to act, or we take some ambiguous third route, which gives him yet more opportunities to develop this program of weapons of mass destruction and continue to press for the release of the sanctions and continue to ignore the solemn commitments that he made? Well, he will conclude that the international community has lost its will. He will then conclude that he can go right on and do more to rebuild an arsenal of devastating destruction. And some day, some way, I guarantee you he'll use the arsenal. . . . 29

"Madonna and Child Saddam Hussein-style"

On February 18, Secretaries Cohen and Albright and National Security Advisor Berger held a global town hall meeting on the campus of Ohio State University. They noted that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and had used them.

"Saddam Hussein," Cohen said "has developed an arsenal of deadly chemical and biological weapons. He has used these weapons repeatedly against his own people as well as Iran. I have a picture which I believe CNN can show on its cameras, but here's a picture taken of an Iraqi mother and child killed by Iraqi nerve gas. This is what I would call Madonna and child Saddam Hussein-style."

Berger declared that "in the 21st century, the community of nations may see more and more of this very kind of threat that Iraq poses now, a rogue state with biological and chemical weapons."

The "record will show that Saddam Hussein has produced weapons of mass destruction," Albright stated, "which he's clearly not collecting for his own personal pleasure, but in order to use." She continued: "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."30

"If the world had been firmer with Hitler"

At Tennessee State on February 19, Albright told the crowd that the world has not "seen, except maybe since Hitler, somebody who is quite as evil as Saddam Hussein." In answering a question, she sketched some of the "worse" case scenarios should Saddam "break out of the box that we kept him in."

One "scenario is that he could in fact somehow use his weapons of mass destruction."

"Another scenario is that he could kind of become the salesman for weapons of mass destruction -- that he could be the place that people come and get more weapons."

One of the lessons of history, Albright continued, is that "if you don't stop a horrific dictator before he gets started too far -- that he can do untold damage." "If the world had been firmer with Hitler earlier," said Albright, "then chances are that we might not have needed to send Americans to Europe during the Second World War."31

Four days later, February 23, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan reached a deal with Saddam for inspections of presidential sites. The Security Council endorsed the agreement on March 2 with UNSC Resolution 1154, which warned of the "severest consequences" should Iraq break the agreement. But within a few months, Saddam was again obstructing U.N. inspectors.

On May 22, 1998, President Clinton delivered a speech reminiscent of the comments he made on February 17 at the Pentagon.

The president warned Annapolis graduates that our enemies "may deploy compact and relatively cheap weapons of mass destruction - not just nuclear, but also chemical or biological, to use disease as a weapon of war. Sometimes the terrorists and criminals act alone. But increasingly, they are interconnected, and sometimes supported by hostile countries." The U.S. will work to "prevent the spread and use of biological weapons and to protect our people in the event these terrible weapons are ever unleashed by a rogue state or terrorist group or an international criminal organization." This protection will include "creating stockpiles of medicines and vaccines to protect our civilian population against the kind of biological agents our adversaries are most likely to obtain or develop."32

On August 5, 1998, Iraq halted no-notice inspections by UNSCOM but allowed UNSCOM's monitoring activities to continue.33

On August 14, 1998, President Clinton signed public law 105-235, "Iraqi Breach of International Obligations," which had passed the Senate unanimously and by a vote of 407-6 in the House.34 Among the law's findings: "Iraq's continuing weapons of mass destruction programs threaten vital United States interests and international peace and security." It concluded:

"Resolved ... [t]hat the Government of Iraq is in material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations, and therefore the President is urged to take appropriate action, in accordance with the Constitution and relevant laws of the United States, to bring Iraq into compliance with its international obligations."35

Six days later, August 20, the U.S. launched missiles strikes in Afghanistan and Sudan. According to the September 1, 1998 Washington Post, a U.S. intelligence operation "to investigate Sudan's nascent chemical weapons program ultimately linked Al Shifa [a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory] to Iraq's chemical weapons programs...."36

Regime Change

On October 31, 1998, Iraq ceased all cooperation with UNSCOM.37 The same day President Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act, which declared that "[i]t should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq and to promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime."38 In signing the Act, the President stated that the U.S. "looks forward to a democratically supported regime that would permit us to enter into a dialogue leading to the reintegration of Iraq into normal international life."39

Two week later, November 14, Iraq resumed cooperation with UNSCOM, averting U.S and British air strikes.40

On December 8, National Security Advisor Berger delivered an address at Stanford University on U.S. policy on Iraq. He stated:

"As long as Saddam remains in power and in confrontation with the world, the positive evolution we and so many would like to see in the Middle East is less likely to occur. His Iraq remains a source of potential conflict in the region, a source of inspiration for those who equate violence with power and compromise with surrender, a source of uncertainty for those who would like to see a stable region in which to invest.

"Change inside Iraq is necessary not least because it would help free the Middle East from its preoccupation with security and struggle and survival, and make it easier for its people to focus their energies on commerce and cooperation.

"For the last eight years, American policy toward Iraq has been based on the tangible threat Saddam poses to our security. That threat is clear. Saddam's history of aggression, and his recent record of deception and defiance, leave no doubt that he would resume his drive for regional domination if he had the chance. Year after year, in conflict after conflict, Saddam has proven that he seeks weapons, including weapons of mass destruction, in order to use them."

"We will continue to contain the threat Iraq poses to its region and the world. But for all the reasons I have mentioned, President Clinton has said that over the long-term, the best way to address the challenge Iraq poses is 'through a government in Baghdad - a new government - that is committed to represent and respect its people, not repress them; that is committed to peace in the region.' Our policy toward Iraq today is to contain Saddam, but also to oppose him."41

On December 9, Iraq again resumed obstructing inspection activities and shortly thereafter UNSCOM withdrew inspectors from Iraq.42

Desert Fox and a "threat of the future"

On December 16, 1998, President Clinton launched Operation Desert Fox, a four-day missile and bombing attack on Iraq. "I acted quickly because, as my military advisors stressed, the longer we waited, the more time Saddam would have to disburse his forces and protect his arsenal," Clinton explained in his December 19 radio address to the nation. "Our mission is clear: to degrade Saddam's capacity to develop and deliver weapons of mass destruction."43 (It should be noted that on July 27, 2003 President Clinton assessed the effectiveness of Desert Fox. He stated: "When I left office, there was a substantial amount of biological and chemical material unaccounted for. That is, at the end of the first Gulf War, we knew what he had. We knew what was destroyed in all the inspection processes and that was a lot. And then we bombed with the British for four days in 1998. We might have gotten it all; we might have gotten half of it; we might have gotten none of it. But we didn't know." )44

Secretary Albright held a briefing on Desert Fox and was asked how she would respond to those who say that unlike the 1991 Gulf War this campaign "looks like mostly an Anglo-American mission." She answered:

"We are now dealing with a threat, I think, that is probably harder for some to understand because it is a threat of the future, rather than a present threat, or a present act such as a border crossing, a border aggression. And here, as the president described in his statement yesterday, we are concerned about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's ability to have, develop, deploy weapons of mass destruction and the threat that that poses to the neighbors, to the stability of the Middle East, and therefore, ultimately to ourselves.45

Secretary Cohen replied much the same way to comments made in March of 1998 by Senator Campbell of Colorado, who chided the administration for not keeping the "coalition together" during an Appropriations Committee hearing. Cohen responded:

And that's one of the reasons why you haven't seen the kind of solidarity that we had before; much harder when the case is the threat of weapons of mass destruction versus Saddam Hussein setting off 600 oil wells in the field of Kuwait and seeing that kind of threat, which is real and tangible, as opposed to one which might take place some time in the future, as far as the use of his chemical and biologicals.46

On December 19, Saddam Hussein declared that inspectors would never be allowed back in Iraq.47 Inspectors wouldn't return to Iraq for five years.


  1. Department of State "Timeline of UN-Iraq Coalition Incidents, 1991-2002," published February 20, 2004 available at
  2. John M. Goshko, "Iraqis May Be Acting to Avoid Surveillance," Washington Post, November 6, 1997.
  3. Remarks by Secretary Albright at press conference with German Foreign Minister Kinkel, U.S. State Department, November 5, 1997.
  4. Remarks by Defense Secretary Cohen during award ceremony for the Seasparrow missile system at the Pentagon, November 6, 1997.
  5. Remarks by Vice President Gore at Pentagon procurement reform news briefing, November 10, 1997.
  6. Elaine Sciolino, "How Tough Questions and Shrewd Mediating Brought Iraqi Showdown to an End," New York Times, November 23, 1997.
  7. Barton Gellman; Dana Priest; Bradley Graham, "Diplomacy and Doubts on the Road to War," Washington Post, March 1, 1998.
  8. ABC News, This Week, November 16, 1997.
  9. Daily News (New York), "The War of Words Grows, U.S.: Poisons are World Threat," November 17, 1997.
  10. CBS Morning News transcript, November 17, 1997.
  11. Bruce W. Nelan, Reported by Edward Barnes/New York, Elain Shannon and Mark Thompson/Washington, "America the Vulnerable," Time, November 24, 1997.
  12. Remarks by President Clinton at a Democratic National Committee event, Sacramento Capital Club, Sacramento, CA, November 15, 1997.
  13. Remarks by President Clinton, Cessna Training Facility, Wichita, KS, November 17, 1997.
  14. Remarks by President Clinton at signing of Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, White House, November 19, 1997.
  15. Remarks by President Clinton at the Rabin-Peres Peace Foundation Award ceremony, Washington, D.C., November 21, 1997.
  16. Department of State "Timeline of UN-Iraq Coalition Incidents, 1991-2002," published February 20, 2004.
  17. Department of Defense, "Proliferation: Threat and Response-November 1997," released November 25, 1997, available at
  18. Remarks by Defense Secretary Cohen during a Defense Department Briefing, November 25, 1997, available at
  19. Department of Defense Press Release, "Defense Department To Start Immunizing Troops Against Anthrax, December 15, 1997, available at
  20. Senior Clinton Administration Official, quoted in Barton Gellman, Dana Priest, Bradley Graham, "Diplomacy and Doubts on the Road to War," Washington Post, March 1, 1998.
  21. Anwar Faruqi, "Albright Faces Tough Mission in Gulf with Iraq," Associated Press, February 1, 1998.
  22. Remarks by Secretary Albright, Manama, Bahrain, February 3, 1998.
  23. President Clinton's Weekly Radio Address, White House, February 7, 1998.
  24. U.S. Government White Paper, "Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs," released by U.S. Department of State on February 13, 1998 available at
  25. U.S. Government White Paper, "Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs," released by U.S. Department of State on February 13, 1998.
  26. U.S. Government White Paper, "Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs," released by U.S. Department of State on February 13, 1998. It should be noted that the CIA's "Report of Proliferation-Related Acquisition in 1997," released in July of 1998 (available at, made no mention of nuclear activity in the three paragraphs devoted to Iraq, but the report did discuss, at length, Iran's nuclear activity; and the CIA's June, 1997-released report on wmd-related acquisition devoted one line to Iraq with no mention of Iraqi nuclear activity.
  27. U.S. Government White Paper, "Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs," released by U.S. Department of State on February 13, 1998.
  28. Remarks by President Clinton at the Pentagon, February 17, 1998.
  29. Remarks by President Clinton at the Pentagon, February 17, 1998.
  30. Remarks by Secretaries Cohen and Albright and National Security Advisor Sandy Berger at a Town Hall meeting on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, February 18, 1998.
  31. Remarks by Secretary Albright at Tennessee State University, February 20, 1998.
  32. Remarks by President Clinton, U.S. Naval Academy commencement address, May 22, 1998.
  33. Department of State "Timeline of UN-Iraq Coalition Incidents, 1991-2002," published February 20, 2004.
  34. Senate vote on S.J. Resolution 54 on July 31, 1998; House roll call vote number 378, August 3, 1998.
  35. Public Law 105-235, "A Joint Resolution Finding the Government of Iraq in Unacceptable and Material Breach of its International Obligations," available at|TOM:/bss/d105query.html.
  36. Vernon Loeb and Bradley Graham, "Sudan Plant Probed Months Before Attack," Washington Post, September 1, 1998.
  37. Department of State "Timeline of UN-Iraq Coalition Incidents, 1991-2002," published February 20, 2004.
  38. Public law 105-338, "Iraq Liberation Act of 1998," October 31, 1998, available at|TOM:/bss/d105query.html.
  39. White House press release, "Clinton Signs Iraq Liberation Act," October 31, 1998,
  40. Department of State "Timeline of UN-Iraq Coalition Incidents, 1991-2002," published February 20, 2004.
  41. Address by National Security Advisor Berger, Stanford University, December 8, 1998.
  42. Department of State "Timeline of UN-Iraq Coalition Incidents, 1991-2002," published February 20, 2004.
  43. Remarks by President Clinton during his Weekly Radio Address, December 19, 1998.
  44. Remarks by President Clinton on CNN's Larry King Live, July 27, 2003.
  45. Remarks by Secretary Albright during special briefing on Operation Desert Fox at the U.S. State Department, December 17, 1998.
  46. Remarks of Secretary Cohen before the Senate Appropriations Committee, March 6, 1998.
  47. Department of State "Timeline of UN-Iraq Coalition Incidents, 1991-2002," published February 20, 2004.

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To: doug from upland

Great post Doug.

The only thing missing is the failed coup attempt that Clinton's CIA tried to engineer in 1996. Due to its failure, we lost alot of humint in Iraq; made the truth harder to get to in 2000/2001/2002.

21 posted on 11/12/2005 10:40:49 AM PST by Wuli
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To: Darth Reagan


22 posted on 11/12/2005 11:47:10 AM PST by marblehead17 (I love it when a plan comes together.)
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To: doug from upland
Reference bump. Very good job - as usual!
23 posted on 11/12/2005 12:20:08 PM PST by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: cake_crumb

You're right, the MSM tries to hide the facts by not presenting them. Like, See BS could have a 10 hour version of 60 Minutes just covering all the statements by leading Democrats and Clintonistas about what a threat Saddam Hussein's Iraq posed. But that wouldn't fit their agenda. The GOOD NEWS is that blogs like this and internet sources in general make the MSM obsolete. The last place to look for news is ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, CBS, Washington Post, NY Times, Boston Globe, Forbes, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, etc., etc. They are all obsolete, with shallow, dumbed-down coverage, "reporting" inaccurate info and even lies. The current issue of Forbes even has a cover story attacking blogs in general, and an editorial piece supporting the notion of "global warming" as scientifically correct! Hey, who needs socialists when you can read Forbes? :)-

24 posted on 11/12/2005 12:59:36 PM PST by pleikumud
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To: doug from upland; Liz; Howlin; ALOHA RONNIE; RonDog; MurryMom
Secretary Cohen

The *Crintons bring out everyone in their defense from the felon Berger to the cleaning lady if they have to. I don't recall Cohen being ANYWHERE speaking about ANYTHING that happened on his watch.

25 posted on 11/12/2005 1:08:51 PM PST by Libloather (Geena Davis isn't man enough to play Hillary on TV. Heck, BILL isn't man enough to play Hillary...)
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To: doug from upland

You are simply amazing. Bookmarked. Thanks. :)

26 posted on 11/12/2005 1:10:44 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Watery Tart; ButThreeLeftsDo; KRAUTMAN; reformedliberal; Mygirlsmom; codercpc; s2baccha; ...

Very interesting reading, Gang. Not specifically Wisconsin-related, but very noteworthy.

27 posted on 11/12/2005 1:14:05 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: doug from upland
Everyone, will you please direct your ping lists to this article. Also, please email it to talk shows and journalists

That is an excellent idea, Doug. This information has got to see the light of day as often and as many places as possible. It's not just the MSM that's covering this up. My son is in 10th grade, and he might well be the only kid in his school who knows a single thing about the 1st Gulf War, or that it even happened, much less the fact that thousands of tons of WMDs were found and destroyed by us.

The history of our nation defending itself and it's allies has simply not been taught in this state, or at least not in the district he's in, yet there's been plenty of indoctrination lectures by groups such as the "young demoncrats". Jim McDermott tells one auditorium full of high schoolers that because of the republicans, anyone over 15 is going to drafted into the Iraq war, while a dozen counties away Patty Murray is touting Osama Bin Laden's progressive social programs.

Unless these kids have been taught by their parents and pressured to balance their tv time watching "friends" with the History channel and War Stories with Oliver North, none of know enough to know when they're getting lied to. We need to find a way to reach Generation X.

28 posted on 11/12/2005 1:54:13 PM PST by 4woodenboats (Revelations 20:4)
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To: 4woodenboats

Print this out from the original source and have you son take it to his teacher.

29 posted on 11/12/2005 2:04:36 PM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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30 posted on 11/12/2005 6:15:39 PM PST by Jack Black
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To: All

Great info here. Don't miss it.

31 posted on 11/12/2005 7:30:19 PM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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32 posted on 11/12/2005 8:19:45 PM PST by nopardons
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Has this ever been posted before? I don't ever remember seeing this.

33 posted on 11/12/2005 8:27:52 PM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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To: doug from upland

If it was, I never saw it. This is all new to me.

34 posted on 11/12/2005 8:39:14 PM PST by nopardons
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To: nopardons

Doh! It has been published here three times. How did I miss this?

35 posted on 11/12/2005 8:41:06 PM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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To: doug from upland

Well, I missed it too, so don't feel bad.

36 posted on 11/12/2005 8:43:23 PM PST by nopardons
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To: doug from upland

Yes, but...

Bush Lied,

Did you know Kerry was in Vietnam!?

37 posted on 11/12/2005 9:43:19 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (I'm going to become rich as soon as I invent a device that allows you to smack people over the web!)
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To: doug from upland

Great work, Doug.

38 posted on 11/13/2005 7:56:55 AM PST by Hoodat ( Silly Dems)
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To: Hoodat

Great work was done earlier by other FReepers. I missed this the first three times.

39 posted on 11/13/2005 8:02:30 AM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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To: doug from upland

Save for later reading.

40 posted on 11/13/2005 12:23:35 PM PST by Vor Lady (Doesn't expecting the unexpected make the unexpected the expected?)
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