Skip to comments.Joe Wilson: Bush Right to Attack Iraq
Posted on 12/04/2005 9:34:46 AM PST by Carl/NewsMax
Joe Wilson, Iraq war supporter?
The darling of the anti-war left may be working overtime to bring down the Bush administration for "outing" his CIA wife, but Wilson said Saturday that the White House was right to go to war over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
"There was a lot of reason to be concerned about weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Saddam Hussein," he told WABC Radio's Mark Simone. "I always thought that he probably had chemical and biological weapons and biological precursors as well."
Wilson said his primary policy difference with President Bush wasn't over Saddam's WMDs, but rather on the question of "how to construct a policy that gets to the national security issue of disarming Saddam Hussein and does so at minimum risk to other legitimate U.S. interests both in Iraq and in the region."
But aside from that, Wilson said he cheered President Bush's decision to topple the Iraqi dictator, telling Simone: "When the president went up to the U.N. and got the [war] resolution unanimously passed at the U.N., nobody applauded louder than I did."
Quick, nurse, give me the antidote!!! We can still save him if we can destroy the Kerry virus that has taken over his body!!!
He was initially against the war because he feared massive US casualties from chemical weapons.
That was also the perspective of Chirac and de Villepin - with whom Joe probably chatted on a regular basis. His previous wife was involved with French diplomacy or intelligence in some way, I forget the details.
Joe Wilson was for being an imbecile before he was against being an imbecile?
Can someone tell me when Powell ever went to the U.N. and got a "war resolution passed"?
The U.N. said "no". What the hell is he talking about?
Oh I see. This is obviously a misrepresentation on Newsmax's part. It says: "...got the [war] resolution unanimously passed..."
It obviously was a different toothless threat Wilson was refering to. "[war] resolution?" This is some shabby reportage if you ask me. I wouldn't take any of it seriously if an "error" like that is in it.
The Wilsons moved across country? Where? When?
He's setting himself up for a pardon.
Bush goes on the attack, this POS is running for cover under his man-hole!
Gotta read this later bump.
LOL! Great pic.
I'll try to find a reference to that. I thought it was strange.
You may be right. Perhaps the 'rats have told Joe that he needs to move back towards the Republican/non-traitor side of the isle so they can paint his indictment as another example of the GOP "culture of corruption."
Of course the special prosecutor has shown very little interest in seeking the truth so far. I'm not getting my hopes up.
Joe's got a lawsuit pending against the Administration. Maybe he doesn't want to appear to be on a vendetta against the White House.
As far as I know no one got a declaration of war out of the UN.
I know she has retired (formally) from the CIA as of last week.
I wonder why when I read this I get a very clear mental picture of Joey sweating profusely and repeatedly wiping is face with his embroidered handkerchief? hehehe
Jo-Lyin Wilson "George Washington is small potatoes next to us".
Al-Not Franken"We are sooo patriotic and sooo much smarter than those right wing Christians".
Jo-Lyin "Did you know I'm an expert on nuclear terrorism?- shh, you didn't hear that from my wife.
good find...now, let's get everyone to go to your site! :)
...and actually read some of the stuff there, might wake a few up!
1. His donation to Nick Rahall on September 25, 2002, shortly after Rahall's Mission to Baghdad with various antiwar groups.
2. His October 13, 2002 article in San Jose Mercury, widely distributed online by antiwar websites.
3. His promotion of a Win Without War rally on January 31, 2003.
4. His February 2003 article in The Nation titled "Republic or Empire?" which argued that "the upcoming battle for Baghdad and the lengthy occupation of Iraq will utterly undermine any steps forward", in the process attributing the war to "the neoconservatives with a stranglehold on the foreign policy of the Republican Party" and attempting to discourage the war by predicting dire consequences: "Our global leadership will be undermined as fear gives way to resentment and strategies to weaken our stranglehold. American businessmen already complain about hostility when overseas, and Arabs speak openly of boycotting American products. Foreign capital is fleeing American stocks and bonds; the United States is no longer a friendly destination for international investors."
5. His February 28, 2003 appearance on NOW with Bill Moyers, which made the same points as his Nation article and drew a distinction between a call for war and a call for "coercive" UN inspections, indicating that he only supported the latter.
6. His recruitment by the Middle East Institute as a spokesman at a time the Middle East Institute was opposing the war.
7. His March 4, 2003 appearance on Nightline where he joined an antiwar panel to debate a prowar panel and he agreed with the position of the French ambassador who said "let's give peace a chance", which Wilson rephrased in his own words, "Give disarmament a chance. That is the objective that the international community has agreed upon. That is what the inspectors are trying to do. That is the starting point from which we can work. If Saddam tries to pose obstacles, and he no doubt will, we ratchet up the pressure. It is not the same to say that you have to go from intrusive inspection to invasion, conquest, and a ten-year occupation of Iraq in order to make your point on disarmament."
For references and additional details see esp. the section titled "Wilson becomes an antiwar spokesman" at Wilsongate: Motive, Means, and Opportunity.
He was for the war based on wmd before he was against the war based on wmd?
What's up with this guy?
I repeat: someone has to novelize this entire story.
Just think, if you could weasel around like that with a straight face --and Fedora's nailed him--you TOO could be a big wheel in the US Department of State..
Is this a joke...or what?
Hmmmmmmm, no crapola. I had to use 4 fingers to put my bugged out eyes back into my head after reading the article. Grain of salt though from NEWSWAX semi-masters of hyperpoble.
Wilson must be shopping for a new patron. I'm guessing he's setting himself up for a spot on Hillary's campaign committee and eventually her cabinet.
I bet he's aiming for Sec. of State.
Oh, I don't know....makes me think, for the first time, that maybe W ~was~ incorrect/uninformed/misleading. After all, if Joe Wilson now believes it was justified....that has to cause second thoughts. [/sarcasm]
OMG, too funny, TOO funny!
Can someone find me a link on this other than NewsMax? A direct account from Simone would be helpful. Thanks.
Wilson was, and is, an anti-war Democrat.
Hey how about a link or transcript...I am looking like a liar myself....wheres the beef??
Carl....is there a transcript of this anywhere? It wuld be helpful in debates when trying to get the dems to admit how wrong they are.
Does anyone know of a second source to this story...I'm getting killed at a lefty website promoting this.
To Carl and others.
I wrote to Mark Simone of WABC radio and he sent me the tape of the part of the conversation where Joe Wilson said those quotes....It is true I heard the tape myself.Mark said I could use it if I wanted to.I don't know how to post a link without giving up personal info.Can someone advise?
Nobody said he was stupid, just a liar.
Yeah.... this is foreshadowing. This guy knows he's in deep trouble.
Sounds like Joe The Mouth is trying to cover his fanny.