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Posted on 12/05/2002 3:37:44 AM PST by chance33_98
#1 Speech by National Security Advisor Samuel Berger at Stanford ...
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. Saddams 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.
The longer this standoff continues, the harder it will be to maintain the international support we have built for our policy. Even this toughest of all sanctions regimes in history becomes harder to sustain over time. In the meantime, the Iraqi people will live in a murderous and corrupt police state, with no prospect for a normal life, as long as their country is Saddams preserve.
Perhaps most fundamentally, Saddams continued misrule of Iraq is harmful to the Middle East as a whole. It is partly responsible for the pervasive sense of insecurity that prevents the region from evolving in a positive way. It creates the false perception of a conflict between Muslims and the United States a perception that the President has done much to erase over the last few years, but which inevitably persists among some people in the Muslim world. It means the continuation of oppressive policies against all the peoples of Iraq that threaten that countrys integrity, and thus the stability of the region.
The sooner the situation in Iraq is normalized, the sooner the people of the Middle East can get on with the business of building a more stable region, and the more likely we are to realize our goal of seeing the region integrated, with consent of its people, into the international system.
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.
#2 Clinton States U.S. Objectives, Goals in Iraq
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON -- U.S. forces will act unless Iraq's Saddam Hussein allows U.N. inspectors free and unfettered access to suspected weapons sites, President Clinton said during a Pentagon speech Feb. 17.
Clinton also said any U.S. attack can be blamed on Saddam Hussein. "Saddam Hussein could end this tomorrow simply by letting the weapons inspectors complete their mission," he said.
Clinton said he still prefers a diplomatic solution. "But to be a genuine solution, ... a diplomatic solution must include or meet a clear, immutable, reasonable, simple standard: Iraq must agree -- and soon -- to free, full, unfettered access to these sites anywhere in the country," he said.
U.S. objectives are to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and to reduce Hussein's capacity to threaten his neighbors. "I am quite confident,... that we can achieve the objective and secure our vital security interests," Clinton said.
He said U.S. forces are ready and that he has complete confidence in service members who would be called upon to make any attack. Clinton called U.S. service members the best-led, best-equipped, best- prepared armed force in the world.
"Should it prove necessary for me to exercise the option of force, your commanders will do everything they can to protect the safety of all the men and women under their commands," Clinton said. "No military action, however, is risk free. I know that the people we may call upon in uniform are ready. The American people have to be ready as well."
Clinton detailed Hussein's lies and evasions since the end of the Gulf War. Under the agreement ending the war, Hussein had 15 days to report about his nuclear, chemical and biological arsenal. "Iraq has repeatedly made false declarations about the weapons that it had left in its possession after the Gulf War," Clinton said.
U.N. inspectors have found proof time and again that Iraq lied about its nuclear program, Clinton said. The Iraqis simply amended their declaration to incorporate the discoveries.
"[Iraq] has submitted six different biological warfare declarations, each of which has been rejected by [the U.N. Special Commission]," he said.
Clinton said Hussein has the means and the will to use these weapons and proved it many times in Iraq's decade-long war with Iran. "He used chemical weapons against combatants, against civilians, against a foreign adversary and even against his own people," Clinton said.
The Iraqi dictator also has the means to deliver these weapons in Scud missiles, which he previously launched against Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Saddam's son-in-law defected to Jordan in 1995 and, Clinton said, revealed that Iraq was continuing to conceal weapons and missiles and the capacity to build more. After the defection, Iraq admitted to having an offensive biological warfare capability, including 5,000 gallons of botulinum, 2,000 gallons of anthrax, 25 Scud warheads filled with biological agents and 157 aerial bombs.
"I might say UNSCOM inspectors believe that Iraq has actually greatly understated its production," the president said.
Clinton praised the inspectors for their work in the face of Iraqi lies, deceptions and actions. "[The inspectors], the eyes and ears of the civilized world, have uncovered and destroyed more weapons of mass destruction capacity than was destroyed during the Gulf War," he said.
Clinton said the biggest failure would be to do nothing. "If we fail to respond today, Saddam, and all those who would follow in his footsteps, will be emboldened tomorrow.
"But if we act as one, we can safeguard our interests and send a clear message to every would-be tyrant and terrorist, that the international community does have the wisdom and the will and the way to protect peace and security in a new era."
THE PRESIDENT: I believe that the speech I gave at the Pentagon was quite clear about that. We want to significantly reduce his capacity to produce chemical and biological weapons, and his capacity to deliver them and to visit them on his people, his neighbors and people throughout the world. I believe the more the American people learn about the dangers of chemical and biological warfare and the kinds of problems they can do -- to us now and in the future, the stiffer their resolve will be.
And so I feel that time is on our side. And I believe that 10 years from now, and not in the heat of this moment, 15 years from now, when people look back at this time, they will want to look back at a period when those of us in positions of responsibility fulfilled our responsibility by trying to rid the world of this danger.
We were also told of anthrax back in 1998, and other weapons like small box and there were plans for vaccinations then.
Liberal Lies Exposed!
Once again, the dems only care about politics.
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