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President Clinton's Saturday Radio Address to the Nation [RE: Saddam WMD program]
Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 05114187 | December 19, 1998 | nwrep

Posted on 09/09/2006 11:00:05 AM PDT by nwrep

Good morning. As I speak to you, America's men and women in uniform and our British allies are fighting for security, peace, and freedom in the Persian Gulf. They're doing an outstanding job, showing bravery and Skill, making our country proud. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Putting our troops in harm's way is the hardest decision any President faces. I believe our action in Iraq clearly is in America's interest. Never again can we allow Saddam Hussein to develop nuclear weapons, poison gas, biological weapons, or missiles to deliver them. He has used such terrible weapons before against soldiers, against his neighbors, against civilians. And if left unchecked, he'll use them again.

For 7 1/2 years, United Nations weapons inspectors did a truly remarkable job in forcing Saddam to disclose and destroy weapons he insisted he did not have. But over the past year, Saddam repeatedly has blocked their efforts. Each time with intensive diplomacy backed by the threat of force, we compelled him to back down.

Last month, when he agreed to fully cooperate, I canceled an American military action. But I, along with Prime Minister Tony Blair of Great Britain, made it absolutely clear that if he did not fully cooperate, we would have no choice but to act without further negotiation or warning.

For three weeks, the U.N. inspectors tested Saddam's commitment. He failed the test, hindering and preventing inspections, withholding and destroying documents. As their chairman concluded, the inspectors can no longer do their vital job. Under these circumstances, had we failed to respond, it would have given Saddam a green light to rebuild his arsenal and threaten his neighbors. I acted quickly because, as my military advisors stressed, the longer we waited, the more time Saddam would have to disperse his forces and protect his arsenal. Our mission is clear: to degrade Saddam's capacity to develop and deliver weapons of mass destruction and threaten the region. Based on reports from the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and the CIA Director, I believe the mission is going well.

Now, where do we go from here? Our long-term strategy is clear: First, we stand ready to use force again if Saddam takes threatening action such as seeking to reconstitute his weapons of mass destruction, menacing his neighbors or his own Kurdish citizens, or challenging allied aircraft.

Second, so long as Iraq fails to live up to its obligations, we'll work with the international community to keep the sanctions in place. They have cost Saddam more than $120 billion, resources he would have devoted to rebuilding his weaponry. At the same time, we will continue to support the ongoing program to provide humanitarian supplies to the people of Iraq, so that Saddam uses his oil to buy food and medicine, not tanks and missiles.

Finally, we'll strengthen our engagement with Iraqis who want a new government, one that will respect its citizens and live in peace with its neighbors. We must not harbor illusions, however, that change will come easily or quickly. But we should go forward, and we will, with determination, working with opposition groups, strengthening the global consensus for bringing Iraq a government worthy of its people.

As our forces carry out their missions, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines in the Gulf and all around the world, who work every day to defend our freedom, promote stability and democracy, and bring hope. To those forces now engaged in the battle against Saddam Hussein, you have our appreciation for your courage, and our Nation's hopes for your safe and successful return.

To all those in our Armed Forces who will spend this holiday season away from home, away from your loved ones, we thank you for your service. You are helping to ensure a just and peaceful world.

As we enter the season of peace, we remain ever hopeful that one day all nations and all communities will actually live in peace, with tolerance, respect, and civility. There can be no greater gift for our children.

Thanks for listening.

NOTE: The President spoke at 10:06 a.m. from the Oval Office at the White House. In his remarks, he referred to President Saddam Hussein of Iraq; and Richard Butler, Executive Chairman, United Nations Special Commission.

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By William J. Clinton


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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1 posted on 09/09/2006 11:00:08 AM PDT by nwrep
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To: nwrep

Should be nailed to the top of the the thread


2 posted on 09/09/2006 11:01:34 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Say Leftists. How many Nazis did killing Nazis in WW2 create? Samurai? Fascists?)
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To: nwrep

Yeah, yeah. Doesnt matter to the MSM or your standard moonbat. That was then. That was their boy. It was all ok. all of it. This is now.

But it is still fun to rub their noses in it good and expose the grand hipocrisy that is modern liberalism.


3 posted on 09/09/2006 11:04:02 AM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Mo1; Howlin; onyx; rubeng; Peach

PING


4 posted on 09/09/2006 11:04:31 AM PDT by nwrep
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To: nwrep

Nothing like "standing by your word," huh?


5 posted on 09/09/2006 11:11:15 AM PDT by true_blue_texican
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To: nwrep
so that Saddam uses his oil to buy food and medicine, not tanks and missiles.

Food and medicine......
6 posted on 09/09/2006 11:19:44 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: nwrep

Clinton does not seek a legacy based upon what he actually did, just ask Monica.


7 posted on 09/09/2006 11:21:19 AM PDT by Mark was here (How can they be called "Homeless" if their home is a field?.)
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To: MNJohnnie

Should be nailed to the top of his head.


8 posted on 09/09/2006 11:30:52 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Should be nailed to the top of his head.

I got some 16 inch spikes out in the garage, can we use them?

10 posted on 09/09/2006 12:38:52 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Say Leftists. How many Nazis did killing Nazis in WW2 create? Samurai? Fascists?)
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To: MNJohnnie; nwrep
I don't think it matters a hill of beans that every other country and every other politician said that Saddam had WMDs, so it's not our fault if he didn't have them. I don't think it matters, either, that they all said he was working hand-in-glove with a host of terrorist organizations, so it's not our fault if those ties aren't there.

Why doesn't it matter? Because in the end you're saying that Saddam did not have WMDs and you're saying that he did not have terrorist ties.

What matters to the public is demonstating that he MOST LIKELY did have WMDs and that he MOST LIKELY did have terrorist ties.

That is the debate, political, and moral high ground. If this Republican Party does not put forward a meaningful defense of its policies, then they can be shot at from every side.

Now the truth is that Saddam DID HAVE WMDs. He did have extensive terrorist ties. There is proof of this that would fill books.

11 posted on 09/09/2006 12:42:18 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it! Supporting our troops means praying for them to WIN!)
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To: nwrep

Sooooooooooooooooo it's all Clinton's Fault?? ;0)


12 posted on 09/09/2006 1:27:46 PM PDT by Mo1 (Think about it .. A Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be 2 seats away from being President)
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To: nwrep

December 19,1998...wasn't that also the day he was impeached?


13 posted on 09/09/2006 1:29:09 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Higher visibility leads to greater zottability.)
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To: pinz-n-needlez; onyx; ohioWfan; Texasforever; BigSkyFreeper; Tamzee; mrs tiggywinkle; Dog; ...

Ping A Ling


14 posted on 09/09/2006 1:30:40 PM PDT by Mo1 (Think about it .. A Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be 2 seats away from being President)
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To: nwrep

Bump again!!


15 posted on 09/09/2006 1:34:15 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: nwrep


Oh my.
GOOD post!


16 posted on 09/09/2006 1:36:07 PM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- "if" 10% are fundamentalists, that's still 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: nwrep

BTT and a bookmark. I'm going to slip this little gem into the next "Bush lied" debate I encounter.


17 posted on 09/09/2006 1:41:54 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: darkangel82

I was just thinking the same thing.

Perhaps the day the Senate started deliberations?


18 posted on 09/09/2006 1:46:39 PM PDT by digger48
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To: nwrep

BTTT


19 posted on 09/09/2006 1:49:46 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Mo1

bttt


20 posted on 09/09/2006 1:53:20 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: onyx
Clinton's words will forever haunt him :0)
21 posted on 09/09/2006 1:54:05 PM PDT by Mo1 (Think about it .. A Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be 2 seats away from being President)
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To: Mo1


I hope so.


22 posted on 09/09/2006 1:59:29 PM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- "if" 10% are fundamentalists, that's still 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: nwrep; Mo1
Whoa!!

BUMP!!!

23 posted on 09/09/2006 2:12:10 PM PDT by ohioWfan (George W. Bush - "Take his character all together, and we shall not look upon his like again.")
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To: nwrep

Here's the latest from George W. Bush, a real leader:

9/9/2006
Bush outlines war on terror in radio address


CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- The following is the full text of President Bush's weekly radio address:

Good morning. This Monday, our Nation will mark the 5th anniversary of the attacks of September the 11th, 2001. On this solemn occasion, Americans will observe a day of prayer and remembrance, and Laura and I will travel to New York City, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon to take part in memorial ceremonies. Our Nation honors the memory of every person we lost on that day of terror, and we pray that the Almighty will continue to comfort the families who had so much taken away from them.

On this anniversary, we also remember the brutality of the enemy who struck our country and renew our resolve to defeat this enemy and secure a future of peace and freedom.

So this week I've given a series of speeches about the nature of our enemy, the stakes of the struggle, and the progress we have made during the past five years. On Tuesday in Washington, I described in the terrorists own words what they believe, what they hope to accomplish, and how they intend to accomplish it. We know what the terrorists intend, because they have told us. They hope to establish a totalitarian Islamic empire across the Middle East, which they call a Caliphate, where all would be ruled according to their hateful ideology.

Osama bin Laden has called the 9/11 attacks, "A great step towards the unity of Muslims and establishing the righteous [Caliphate]." Al Qaeda and its allies reject any possibility of coexistence with those they call "infidels." Hear the words of Osama bin Laden: "Death is better than living on this earth with the unbelievers amongst us." We must take the words of these extremists seriously, and we must act decisively to stop them from achieving their evil aims.

On Wednesday at the White House, I described for the first time a CIA program we established after 9/11 to detain and question key terrorist leaders and operatives, so we can prevent new terrorist attacks. This program has been invaluable to the security of America and its allies, and helped us identify and capture men who our intelligence community believes were key architects of the September the 11th attacks.

Information from terrorists held by the CIA also helped us uncover an al Qaeda cell's efforts to obtain biological weapons, identify individuals sent by al Qaeda to case targets for attacks in the United States, stop the planned strike on a U.S. Marine base in Djibouti, prevent an attack on the U.S. consulate in Karachi, and help break up a plot to hijack passenger planes and fly them into Heathrow Airport or the Canary Wharf in London.

Information from the terrorists in CIA custody has also played a role in the capture or questioning of nearly every senior al Qaeda member or associate detained by the U.S. and its allies since this program began.

Were it not for this program, our intelligence community believes that al Qaeda and its allies would have succeeded in launching another attack against the American homeland. We have largely completed our questioning of these men, and now it is time that they are tried for their crimes.

So this week I announced that the men we believe orchestrated the 9/11 attacks had been transferred to Guantanamo Bay. And I called on Congress to pass legislation creating military commissions to try suspected terrorists for war crimes. As soon as Congress acts to authorize these military commissions, we will prosecute these men and send a clear message to those who kill Americans: No matter how long it takes, we will find you and bring you to justice.

As we bring terrorists to justice, we're acting to secure the homeland. On Thursday in Atlanta, I delivered a progress report on the steps we have taken since 9/11 to protect the American people and win the war on terror. We are safer today because we've acted to address the gaps in security, intelligence, and information sharing that the terrorists exploited in the 9/11 attacks. No one can say for sure that we would have prevented the attacks had these reforms been in place in 2001 -- yet, we can say that terrorists would have found it harder to plan and finance their operations, harder to slip into our country undetected, and harder to board the planes, take control of the cockpits, and succeed in striking their targets.

America still faces determined enemies. And in the long run, defeating these enemies requires more than improved security at home and military action abroad. We must also offer a hopeful alternative to the terrorists' hateful ideology. So America is taking the side of democratic leaders and reformers and supporting the voices of tolerance and moderation across the Middle East. By advancing freedom and democracy as the great alternative to repression and radicalism, and by supporting young democracies like Iraq, we are helping to bring a brighter future to this region -- and that will make America and the world more secure.

The war on terror will be long and difficult, and more tough days lie ahead. Yet, we can have confidence in the final outcome, because we know what America can achieve when our Nation acts with resolve and clear purpose. With vigilance, determination and courage, we will defeat the enemies of freedom, and we will leave behind a more peaceful world for our children and our grandchildren.

Thank you for listening.



24 posted on 09/09/2006 2:13:36 PM PDT by pleikumud
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To: nwrep

BTTT


25 posted on 09/09/2006 2:38:56 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: nwrep

Do you have a link for this, nwrep?


26 posted on 09/09/2006 2:41:03 PM PDT by ohioWfan (George W. Bush - "Take his character all together, and we shall not look upon his like again.")
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To: Mo1

That these bastards can bald faced lie the way they do is staggering.

And that VERY few within the MSM bring these little facts up during interviews with the Clintonistas is a clear indication of the media's bias.


27 posted on 09/09/2006 3:12:32 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: ohioWfan

http://www.fas.org/news/iraq/1998/12/19/981219-wh1.htm


28 posted on 09/09/2006 3:18:23 PM PDT by perfect stranger (Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass). "Getting bombed has always struck me as the better option.")
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To: nwrep

Reading this I was struck all over again by how much bubba ran his presidency in the distant third person, and a sophomoric person at that. I don't know how he does it but even when bubba speaks in the first person, it comes out sounding like third person rhetoric.

I love the way Bush just jumps in and says what needs to be said, does what needs doing, and forgets the clatter, bowing and scraping.

Contrast Bush with the way bubba spoke: "For three weeks, the U.N. inspectors tested Saddam's commitment. He failed the test, hindering and preventing inspections, withholding and destroying documents. As their chairman concluded, the inspectors can no longer do their vital job."


29 posted on 09/09/2006 3:21:57 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus.)
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To: pleikumud

GMTA, pleikumud, and thanks for posting that. (Please see my post at #29,
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1698455/posts?page=29#29 .)


30 posted on 09/09/2006 3:23:57 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus.)
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To: Mo1

That is one very depressing thought in your tag line.

blech ack!

Conservatives, a call to action! Read Mo1's tag line!


31 posted on 09/09/2006 3:26:18 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus.)
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To: nwrep

G*dd*m Bill and Hillary Clinton to h*ll from whence they sprung.


32 posted on 09/09/2006 3:27:04 PM PDT by Husker8877
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To: nwrep

BTTT !!


33 posted on 09/09/2006 3:32:21 PM PDT by musicman
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To: perfect stranger

Thank you!!


34 posted on 09/09/2006 3:47:58 PM PDT by ohioWfan (George W. Bush - "Take his character all together, and we shall not look upon his like again.")
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To: ohioWfan

No I don't. The archives are not linkable (i.e. the URL is dynamically allocated at search time).


35 posted on 09/09/2006 4:08:02 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: nwrep; perfect stranger

Check out perfect stranger's link in post #28.


36 posted on 09/09/2006 4:31:28 PM PDT by ohioWfan (George W. Bush - "Take his character all together, and we shall not look upon his like again.")
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To: Names Ash Housewares
Yeah, yeah. Doesnt matter to the MSM or your standard moonbat. That was then. That was their boy. It was all ok. all of it. This is now.

Well said, homes.

37 posted on 09/09/2006 4:32:30 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("Let's Roll!")
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To: darkangel82
December 19,1998...wasn't that also the day he was impeached?

Yep, sure was

CNN: House impeaches Clinton - December 19, 1998

38 posted on 09/09/2006 5:42:56 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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