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IRAQ/WMD: What did Clinton & Senate Dems know & when(HYPOCRISY=DEMS; SEE FOR YOURSELF)
Library of Congress ^ | 7/19/03 | Various Senators

Posted on 07/19/2003 4:10:41 PM PDT by Wolfstar

[ED. NOTE: Following are excerpts from the 1998 Congressional Record. They are EXTREMELY revealing as to who was wringing their hands over the danger posed to U.S. security by Iraq and its WMD just five years ago, and who was calling Iraq’s actions that year a "crisis." These debates led to passage of the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998, WHICH MADE REGIME CHANGE IN IRAQ UNITED STATES POLICY.

Please bear with this long post. It’s crucial ammunition for anyone who wants clear, unambiguous evidence of Democrat hypocrisy on Iraq and WMD.]

[BEGIN EXCERPTS: Click link above to search the full Congressional Record. Also note that, where used, bold and upper case emphasis is Wolfstar's.]

Feb. 4, 1998, Message from President Clinton to the Senate:
The PRESIDING OFFICER laid before the Senate the following message from the President of the United States...[The presidential message concluded with this assessment:]

The policies and actions of the Saddam Hussein regime continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, as well as to regional peace and security. (Signed William J. Clinton, President of the United States)

Feb. 25, 1998, Tom DASCHLE:

[ED. NOTE: After Kofi Annan secured one more useless "agreement" with Hussein, Daschle took the floor to gush like a schoolgirl about that "achievement." The reader is advised to pay close attention to Daschle’s words here. This is a declarative statement. He does not use modifying words like "alleged" or "reported." What we should demand is an answer to what intelligence Daschle relied on when he declared that Iraq had not only chemical and biological weapons, but nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them.]

If fully implemented, this commitment will allow UNSCOM to fulfill its mission: First, to find and destroy all of Iraq’s chemical, biological and nuclear weapons; second, to find and destroy the missiles that could deliver these weapons; and, third, to institute a system for long-term monitoring to make sure Iraq doesn’t do it again.

The United States remains resolved to secure, by whatever means necessary, Iraq’s full compliance with its commitment to destroy its weapons of mass destruction. So again, it will be diplomacy backed up by force. So long as diplomacy works, force will not be necessary. At the very moment diplomacy appears not to be working, force will be employed. So, let there be no mistake. This is not a question of breathing room. This is not a question of simply delaying and somehow, then, obviating the need for the use of force should it be required. It will be there.

So, Mr. President, we have made great progress on paper over the last 72 hours.

[ED. NOTE: That "great progress" was just ducky, wasn’t it?! Hussein threw the inspectors out that same year and nothing was done about it until this year.]

Feb. 25, 1998, Bob KERREY:

Force, either our own or that of dissident Iraqis, will be required to remove this regime.

[ED. NOTE: Kerrey had an article from the Jan. 18, 1998 London Sunday Times read into the Record. Headline: "Saddam Tested Anthrax on Human Guinea Pigs," by Marie Colvin and Uzi Mahnaimi. The article included the following paragraphs:]

Evidence has emerged that Saddam Hussein...has had prisoners tied to stakes and bombarded with anthrax in brutal human experiments with his biological and chemical armory.

Dozens of prisoners are believed to have died in agony during a secret program of military research designed to produce potent NEW weapons of mass destruction.

Madeleine Albright...said Saddam was "tightening the noose around himself." She added, "By not letting this inspection team go forward, in almost a strange way it’s almost as if he has come close to saying, 'Okay, you caught me.' " [ED. NOTE: Was this woman worse than useless, or what?!]

[ED NOTE: Why do the Dems and their media shills need reminding that it was against this backdrop, and the subsequent 2001 hijackings/anthrax attacks on U.S. soil — indeed, attacks on the U.S. Capitol; the first since 1812 — that President Bush evaluated his options re the Hussein regime? Every single one of those scummy Dem presidential wannabes from the senate knows this, but that doesn’t prevent them from pretending to be outraged at phony claims that the Bush Administration "hyped" intelligence. Again, we ought to demand answers to what intelligence Clinton and company relied on in 1998 when they changed U.S. policy toward Iraq from one of containment to one of regime change. Check out Dorgan’s statements below:]

Mar. 12, 1998, Byron DORGAN:

Iraq possesses a chemical weapons program and a biological weapons program. Its chemical stockpile contained 40,000 chemical weapons munitions; 480,000 liters of chemical weapons agents; and 8 delivery systems.

Iraq’s biological weapons arsenal included 8,500 liters of anthrax; 19,000 liters of botulinum toxin; and 2,200 liters of alfatoxin. This program was in violation of the Biological Weapons Convention, to which Iraq is a party.

[ED NOTE: Dorgan presents exhibits in support of a call for an International War Crimes Tribunal for Iraq. The exhibits detail the crimes of Saddam Hussein and Iraqi leaders.]

The most enormous crime that Iraqi leaders have committed was the genocidal Anfal campaign against Kurds in rural areas of northern Iraq. Relying on over 300 interviews, field work in Iraqi Kurdistan, and forensic material, and using a captured cache of official Iraqi documents, Human Rights Watch has concluded that the Anfal campaign against Iraqi Kurds involved the "systematic, deliberate murder of at least 50,000, and possibly as many as 100,000, Kurds." The campaign involved the destruction of thousands of Kurdish villages, and the murder, disappearance, extermination by chemical weapons, or forcible resettlement of hundreds of thousands of Kurds.

[The third category is] Iraqi violations of treaties and UN resolutions.

These chemical weapons attacks, both in the war against Iran and internally against the people of Kurdistan, raise the issue of Iraq’s entire program to develop weapons of mass destruction — chemical, biological and nuclear weapons — and the means to deliver them. These weapons programs...show a continuing pattern of treaty violations and disregard for Security Council resolutions.

According to the [Clinton] Administration white paper, Iraq’s biological weapons activities included producing 8,500 liters of anthrax, 19,000 liters of botulinum toxin, and 2,200 liters of alfatoxin. Iraq also prepared biological weapons munitions, including 25 Scud missile warheads (5 anthrax, 16 botulinum toxin, 4 alfatoxin), 157 aerial bombs, and aerial dispensers. Iraq researched other ways of using biological weapons, including 155mm artillery shells, artillery rockets, a MiG-21 drone, and aerosol generators.

Lastly, Iraq has confessed to a nuclear weapons development program, but again only after Husayn Kamil’s defection in 1995. According to the white paper, "Iraq has admitted experimenting with seven uranium enrichment techniques..."

The Security Council has concluded that...Iraq’s weapons development activities are "material breaches of its obligations" under the cease-fire resolution; and Iraq’s failure to comply with the safeguards agreement "constitutes a breach of its international obligations" under the Nonproliferation Treaty.

[ED NOTE: It can’t be emphasized strongly enough that the UN Security Council declared Iraq to be in "material breach" five years ago. Yet that Leftist cabal led by Annan, Chriac and Schroeder refused to stand by its own findings while it was putting Bush and Blair through the wringer earlier this year. We ought to be demanding answers as to why. I am far, far more interested in learning the truth about this than I am about one sentence in the State of the Union speech.]

Mar. 12, 1998, Jesse HELMS:

Secretary Albright sent the message in its purest form: "Saddam does not have a menu of choices, he has one: Iraq must comply with the U.N. Security Council resolutions and provide U.N. inspectors with the unfettered access they need to do their job."

[ED NOTE: That’s the Clinton Administration for you — speak loudly and carry a wet noodle. Their neglect — yes, neglect — of foreign policy storm building on their watch should be one of the most profound scandals in American history. Yet they are getting a pass so far. Why?]

Mar. 12, 1998, Joe BIDEN:

No one should doubt for a moment the resolve of the United States to respond with force, if necessary, to Iraq’s continued flagrant violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Vigorous diplomacy has been pursued over the past three months, but, thus far, Saddam Hussein has shown that he has no interest in a peaceful solution on anything other than his own terms. We cannot allow this tyrant to prevail over the will of the international community. Our national security would be seriously compromised by a failure to stand up to the challenge he has confronted us with.

Our strategic objective is to contain Saddam Hussein and curtail his ability to produce the most deadly weapons known to mankind...Left unchecked, Saddam Hussein would in short order be in a position to threaten and blackmail our regional allies, our troops, and, indeed, our nation.

[ED NOTE: So, Joe, want to explain to us why our national security would be seriously compromised in 1998 but not in 2003, post 9/11 and the anthrax attacks? Or do you need to plagiarize something before coming up with an answer?!]

Time has run out. If Iraq does not comply immediately and unconditionally with United Nations Security Council resolutions demanding unfettered access for U.N. weapons inspectors, I believe that President Clinton will have no choice but to order the use of air power. [ED. NOTE: Ironic, isn’t it, that time really ran out five years later under a different president.]

In recent weeks, several questions and criticisms have been raised with respect to President Clinton’s policy.

Questions have been asked about our objectives. The objectives have been defined precisely. They are to curtail and delay Saddam Hussein’s capacity to produce and deliver weapons of mass destruction and his ability to threaten his neighbors. [ED. NOTE: Not eliminate, but curtail and delay. Leave the mess for someone else to clean up.]

We should all hope for a genuine diplomatic solution to this stand-off, but no one should doubt our resolve to use force if it becomes necessary.

First and foremost, an Iraq left free to develop weapons of mass destruction would pose a grave threat to our national security. [ED NOTE: Again, one must ask the question why in 1998 but not in 2003?]

Mar. 12, 1998, Joe LIEBERMAN:

...there are ultimately times of conflict abroad that involve the vital interests of the United States, as the current situation in Iraq does, no Democrats, no Republicans, only Americans standing side by side in support of the Commander in Chief and all those Americans in uniform who serve under him.

That, I hope, is the message that will be heard in Baghdad, most importantly. If the Commander in Chief of the United States decides that military force is necessary to be employed against Iraq, the overwhelming majority of Members of the U.S. Senate will stand strongly behind him and behind those American personnel in uniform who will carry out that policy.

...though there may be disagreements in this Chamber on partisan lines, that, again, when challenged, when it comes to America’s vital interests abroad, we will stand together above party lines. [ED. NOTE: Yeah, right! Spin us another yarn, Joe. Seems that "standing together" stuff goes out the window when it gets in the way of your personal ambitions.]

...there are consequences, which is the threat that Saddam Hussein will use those weapons of mass destruction THAT WE KNOW HE HAS; that he will use the ballistic missile, the delivery system capacity to deliver those weapons of mass destruction that WE KNOW HE HAS IN RUDIMENT AND IS DEVELOPING EVEN FURTHER.

...Senator Daschle [said] — unlike other leaders in the world, including dictatorial leaders of rogue nations who possess weapons of mass destruction, this particular leader, Saddam Hussein, has used those weapons against his neighbor, Iran, in the Iran-Iraq war in the eighties, and against the Kurdish population of his own country.

[ED. NOTE: Hey, Leftists everywhere, here’s the answer to your snotty question as to why invade Iraq, but not North Korea!]

So our anger, our anxiety, our unease, our judgment that we have vital interests at stake is not theoretical. It is based on a course of behavior by this particular leader of this particular nation.

Today...consequences are even more devastating potentially...because the damage that can be inflicted by...Hussein and Iraq, under his leadership, with weapons of mass destruction is incalculable; it is enormous.

I think the [Clinton] administration has made clear...that its goals here are limited...These would be...attacks that are aimed at accomplishing what the inspections were supposed to accomplish...which is the diminution and ultimately the elimination of Iraq’s capacity to wage chemical, biological or nuclear war against its neighbors or ultimately anyone in the world.

What I and some of the Members of the Senate hope for is a longer-term policy based on the probability that an acceptable diplomatic solution is not possible, which acknowledges as the central goal the changing of the regime in Iraq to bring to power a regime with which we and the rest of the world can have trustworthy relationships.

Mar. 12, 1998, written statement by Carl LEVIN:

I want to express my support for President Clinton, in consultation with Congress and consistent with the United States Constitution and laws, taking necessary and appropriate actions to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.

Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction...and the means to deliver them are a menace to international peace and security. They pose a threat to Iraq’s neighbors, to U.S. forces in the Gulf region, to the world’s energy supplies, and to the integrity and credibility of the United Nations Security Council. [ED. NOTE: Ah, yes, Carl: there's that blood for oil you Leftist whine about these days.]

Sept. 29, 1998, Trent LOTT:

[ED. NOTE: Lott introduces the bill that, when later passed, becomes the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998.]

This is a bipartisan initiative. I am joined by Senator Kerrey of Nebraska, Senator McCain of Arizona, Senator Lieberman of Connecticut, Senator Helms of North Carolina, Senator Shelby of Alabama, Senator Brownback of Kansas, and Senator Kyl of Arizona.

Today is the 55th day without weapons inspections in Iraq. For months, I have urged the Administration to fundamentally change its policy on Iraq. Monitoring the concealment of weapons of mass destruction is not enough.

I have been working with a bipartisan group of Senators throughout much of the year to support a change in U.S. policy toward Iraq...It is time to openly state our policy goal is the removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime from power.

[ED. NOTE: Lott formally calls up the bill. Among the reasons cited in the bill for this change in national policy is the following clause:]

(11) On Aug. 14, 1998, President Clinton signed Public Law 105-235, which declared that, "the Government of Iraq is in material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations" [the law] urged the President, "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."

[ED. NOTE: The Iraq Liberation Act included the following section on national policy.]

SEC. 3. POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES.

It should be the policy of the United States to seek 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.

[ED. NOTE: This law passed overwhelmingly in 1998 and was signed into law by Clinton. Yet in the post-9/11, post anthrax-attacks world, in 2002-03 Dem senators reversed course and opposed the invasion of Iraq to effect that very regime change policy they had placed into U.S. law. Why? There is only one answer: Because a member of their party was not in the White House. They put raw partisan politics above the national well-being and are still doing so today.]

Sept. 29, 1998, Bob KERREY:

I spoke on Iraq on this floor last November and again in February, but Saddam Hussein is still in power, still threatening his neighbors and oppressing his people, so I must turn again to this topic. In fact, I will keep turning to it, joining my colleagues from both sides of the aisle, trying to change U.S. policy toward Iraq, because I cannot abide the idea of Saddam Hussein as the dictator of Iraq and I will never accept the status quo in Iraq. One of three things will happen...Saddam Hussein will lose his job, I will lose my job, or I will keep talking about him on this floor.

[ED. NOTE: Sure enough, Hussein outlasted Kerrey’s tenure in the Senate.]

Terrorism may or may not actually be on the rise, but terrorists have recently shown the intention and ability to attack American targets overseas. As we confront organizations like that of Usama bin Laden, we come face to face with people who will go to great efforts to kill Americans, and we react strongly. In the aftermath of events like the bombing of Khobar Towers or the two embassies in Africa, we naturally move terrorism to the forefront of our threat concerns.

[ED NOTE: Don't know which "we" Kerrey was talking about, since Clinton didn't do squat about terrorism during his eight-year term. So, as regards the threat posed by Usama bin Laden, what did Clinton and the Senate Dems know, and when did they know it? Hmmm...]

We know, most recently and unambiguously from the former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter, that Iraq’s program to develop weapons of mass destruction continues. We know that more than 50 days have elapsed since the last UNSCOM weapons inspection. Almost two months of immunity have been granted to a regime which used chemical weapons on its own people, which seeks biological weapons, and which had an active and advanced nuclear weapons program...

It is strongly in America’s interest that Iraq’s neighbors and our allies in the region live in peace and security. That interest alone more than justifies a policy to change the Iraqi government. But there is an additional reason which ought to have particular resonance in the United States...I refer to the need to free the Iraqi people from one of the most oppressive dictatorships on earth.

We Americans, who have striven for more than two centuries to govern ourselves, should particularly feel the cruel anomaly which is the Iraqi government. In an age in which democracy is in the ascendant, in which democracy is universally recognized as a government’s seal of legitimacy, the continued existence of a Stalinist regime like the one in Baghdad should inspire us to action. Saddam Hussein rules by raw fear. In terms of absolutism, personality cult, and terror applied at every level of society, only North Korea rivals Iraq today...I refuse to accept it, and I want the United States to refuse to accept it. As I have said on this floor before, when Saddam’s prisons and secret police records and burial grounds are opened, when the Iraqis can at last tell their horrifying story to the international court which will try Saddam for his many crimes against his own people, we Americans will be proud we took this stand.

[ED. NOTE: Yeah, we Americans will be proud — everyone except the Left and it’s mouthpieces in Congress, the media, academia, and various political action groups, that is.]

Oct. 9, 1998, Carl LEVIN:

Today, along with Senators McCain, Lieberman, Hutchison and 23 other Senators, I am sending a letter to the President [Clinton] to express our concern over Iraq’s actions and urging the President "after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."

*As UN Secretary General Kofi Annan noted when he successfully negotiated the memorandum of agreement with...Hussein in February, "You can do a lot with diplomacy, but of course you can do a lot more with diplomacy backed up by fairness and force."

The letter was signed by 27 senators including the following Democrats: Breaux, Daschle, Dodd, Feinstein, Inouye, Johnson, (Bob) Kerrey, (John) Kerry, Landrieu, Lautenberg, Levin, Lieberman, Mikulski

[*ED. NOTE: Doesn’t Annan’s Feb. 1998 statement just take your breath away when contrasted with the behavior of Annan, Blix, and the international Left at the UN earlier this year?]


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It's time for us to take off the gloves. It's time — no, long past time — for us to go on the offensive against the hypocrisy, sanctimony, outright lies, and frequently seditious behavior of the Left/Dems. The above material, although it makes for a long post, can provide us with excellent talking/writing points.

I urge all participating FReepers and others who may read this thread, to get active in some way. Call or email your favorite talk radio and/or TV hosts. Call C-SPAN if you have the patience. Write letters to the editors of your local newspapers, and write or email your local TV news directors. Through any local politically oriented club or organization you might belong to, organize an effort to put some of this info on flyers and hand them out in your neighborhoods. Make sure you share this info with your extended family and circle of friends. Spread the word as best you can.

Call, write or email your congress-critter and senator — especially if your senator happens to be one of those quoted here — and express your own outrage at the crystal-clear hypocrisy of the Democrats.

You know, we don't have to sit around and just wring our collective hands at the Dem/Leftist antics, or wait for action from the top down. We can generate a wave of outrage from the bottom up, right here from the grassroots.

1 posted on 07/19/2003 4:10:42 PM PDT by Wolfstar
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To: Wolfstar
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2 posted on 07/19/2003 4:12:28 PM PDT by jla
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To: Wolfstar
Excellent work and thank you bump.
3 posted on 07/19/2003 4:12:39 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: PhiKapMom
Here you go. I'll start on the next batch of research, including those letters you need. Breathtaking stuff when seen all in one place like this, isn't it. But even this is just a small amount of the similar material that is out there on the Record.

Should also put a link on that comprehensive thread started to collect links to such material, but I don't recall the title. Do you know what it is?

4 posted on 07/19/2003 4:14:41 PM PDT by Wolfstar (If we don't re-elect GWB a truly great President we're NUTS!)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Thanks, "Diddle." Appreciate your kind post, but the best thank-you I could get would be for people to use this material to fight back in some way. Time to get off our collective duffs.
5 posted on 07/19/2003 4:16:45 PM PDT by Wolfstar (If we don't re-elect GWB a truly great President we're NUTS!)
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To: The Great Satan
Hi, "Satan," haven't "posted" with you in some time. I'm pinging you to this thread because of the anthrax-related info it contains. I'm still convinced that the 2001 anthrax came from Iraq despite the way things have developed since major combat ceased over there.
6 posted on 07/19/2003 4:19:29 PM PDT by Wolfstar (If we don't re-elect GWB a truly great President we're NUTS!)
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To: #3Fan
Pinging you to this thread because I thought that, instead of quarreling with each other over NASCAR issues, it's time we took on the Dems/Leftists. [wink and grin]
7 posted on 07/19/2003 4:22:03 PM PDT by Wolfstar (If we don't re-elect GWB a truly great President we're NUTS!)
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To: Wolfstar
You know, we don't have to sit around and just wring our collective hands at the Dem/Leftist antics, or wait for action from the top down. We can generate a wave of outrage from the bottom up, right here from the grassroots.

Yes we can, and will. Great work....it will be used in letters to the editor.

8 posted on 07/19/2003 4:22:49 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Rats are showing all the symptoms of severe radiation poisoning)
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To: BOBTHENAILER
Good news. Makes my day.
9 posted on 07/19/2003 4:24:10 PM PDT by Wolfstar (If we don't re-elect GWB a truly great President we're NUTS!)
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To: Wolfstar
I think "W" is just having some fun with the Democrats and when the time comes, they will be embarrassed, big time!

Reminds me of what fishermen call a "chum line". When you're after big fish, you leave a trail of little goodies (for fish it's bait, for liberals it's discovering something to distort into news) for them to taste and follow to their ultimate destruction.

How do I know it'll work?

It's worked on fish for generations and Democrats are the nearest land creatures with the intelligence of your average fish.

Flipper is a mammal...not a fish. I'm talking carp, lamprey, shark (a fish with law degree and a taste for blood), grunion (they wash themselves up on shore), et al.

10 posted on 07/19/2003 4:27:18 PM PDT by capt. norm (A fool and his money are some party!)
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To: capt. norm
It's worked on fish for generations and Democrats are the nearest land creatures with the intelligence of your average fish.

They keep working hard to prove you right, LOL!

11 posted on 07/19/2003 4:29:39 PM PDT by Wolfstar (If we don't re-elect GWB a truly great President we're NUTS!)
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To: Wolfstar
Rush has some good quotes and dates and names in this months newsletter.
12 posted on 07/19/2003 4:30:28 PM PDT by mathluv
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To: Wolfstar
God bless the web and its bloggers. Thanks to you the Rats can't get away with anything, at least for long.
13 posted on 07/19/2003 4:31:41 PM PDT by JusPasenThru (We're through being cool (you can say that again, Dad))
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To: JusPasenThru
Hillary recently said that the 1998 intelligence was correct, agreed with the present intelligence but that Bush is wrong. A little inconsistent, wouldn't you say.
14 posted on 07/19/2003 4:38:16 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Sacajaweau
Consistent only in the sense that Leftist scum like Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton (or whatever she calls herself these days), ALWAYS put personal ambition ahead of the well-being of the nation.
15 posted on 07/19/2003 4:54:24 PM PDT by Wolfstar (If we don't re-elect GWB a truly great President we're NUTS!)
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To: Wolfstar
THANK YOU for your research!!! NOW, everyone....PASS IT ON!
16 posted on 07/19/2003 4:57:08 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Become a monthly donor.....it's easy....it's so simple, it's elementary....am I getting redundant?)
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To: jla
What a fantastic job; thank you!
17 posted on 07/19/2003 5:04:02 PM PDT by Peach
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To: Wolfstar
Agreed - time for letters to the editor of our local papers - we/the administration is losing this war in large measure because people have short memories. Let's remind them.
18 posted on 07/19/2003 5:05:44 PM PDT by Peach
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To: Wolfstar
bump
19 posted on 07/19/2003 5:25:48 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rob: "I see a five letter word. F-R-E-E-P. Freep." Jerry: "Freep? What's that?" - Dick Van Dyke Show)
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To: Wolfstar
keep
20 posted on 07/19/2003 5:50:27 PM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta
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To: capt. norm
I tend to agree with you! Basically, because I recently remembered the admin saying that we (the President's supporters), should not be worried if his numbers started to drop very low for awhile. Did they know this was going to happen ..?? If they did ... this might prove your statement.
21 posted on 07/19/2003 5:53:54 PM PDT by CyberAnt ( America - You Are The Greatest!!)
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To: Wolfstar; backhoe
Terrific job! We need to keep hammering on this. The Democrats are acting and talking as if nobody ever mentioned Iraq and WMD in the same sentence before Bush.

Ping to backhoe -- definitely to be included in your collection on Iraq's WMD
22 posted on 07/19/2003 6:05:28 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: Wolfstar
excellent research! keep it comin...
23 posted on 07/19/2003 6:06:30 PM PDT by CGVet58 (I still miss my ex-wife... but my aim is improving!)
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To: Wolfstar
This is priceless Wolfstar! What hypocrites. I will start a campaign with the info you have so kindly provided in my local paper etc. Thanks so much!
24 posted on 07/19/2003 6:15:22 PM PDT by ladyinred (The left have blood on their hands.)
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To: ladyinred
The old Dem playbook doesn't allow for the fact that everything they have said on the record for the past many years has been preserved for time and memorium. And of course the old media wouldn't go out and find it. However, the new media, the citizen reporters will. Things will never be the same.
25 posted on 07/19/2003 6:19:26 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Wolfstar
True, and good post. :^)
26 posted on 07/19/2003 6:34:57 PM PDT by #3Fan
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To: Peach
Thanks, Peach. People don't realize sometimes that they can be activists from the comfort of their own homes, if they are so inclined. Letters, emails, phone calls — all are very low-cost methods that take very little time. For those who don't mind a bit more active "activism," so to speak, getting involved in a local political club or HQ on a volunteer basis can be very effective. There's much we can do.
27 posted on 07/19/2003 6:47:22 PM PDT by Wolfstar (If we don't re-elect GWB a truly great President we're NUTS!)
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To: CGVet58
Keep it coming.

Will do. Next up will be similar material from 2001 and 2002. I'm more than happy to research the material, post it here on FR, and trust my brother and sister Freepers to do useful things with it.

28 posted on 07/19/2003 6:49:55 PM PDT by Wolfstar (If we don't re-elect GWB a truly great President we're NUTS!)
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To: ladyinred
Hi, "Ladyinred." Astonishing when gathered together like this, isn't it. Believe it or not, there's plenty more where that info came from (the Congressional Record). The above wealth of quotes was culled from over 60 MS Word pages I copied from just a few entries in the 1998 Record. Could easily have come up with more just by reading further in the list of entries I found on Iraq for that year, but then this thread would be miles long, LOL!
29 posted on 07/19/2003 6:53:34 PM PDT by Wolfstar (If we don't re-elect GWB a truly great President we're NUTS!)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Things will never be the same.

I'm counting on it. More to the point, I believe the nation's future depends on it.

30 posted on 07/19/2003 6:54:59 PM PDT by Wolfstar (If we don't re-elect GWB a truly great President we're NUTS!)
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To: #3Fan
Thanks. Of course, to the Dems/Leftists, what they say "today" is what counts. Yesterday never happened, but just in case someone finds out it did, then they spin a different meaning to their words than they originally intended. "It depends on what the meaning of the word IS, is."
31 posted on 07/19/2003 6:59:02 PM PDT by Wolfstar (If we don't re-elect GWB a truly great President we're NUTS!)
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To: Miss Marple; Dog; Utah Girl
Well, for goodness sakes. Look at this.
32 posted on 07/19/2003 7:08:33 PM PDT by Iowa Granny (Never take sleeping pills and laxative on the same night)
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To: Iowa Granny
Iowa Granny, your tag line is hysterically funny! Absolutely love your sense of humor.
33 posted on 07/19/2003 7:12:10 PM PDT by Wolfstar (If we don't re-elect GWB a truly great President we're NUTS!)
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To: Wolfstar
What excellent work! I am going to use this, you can bet!
34 posted on 07/19/2003 7:32:55 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Wolfstar
"Call, write or email your congress-critter and senator — especially if your senator happens to be one of those quoted here — and express your own outrage at the crystal-clear hypocrisy of the Democrats.

Wolfstar, thank you for all the information you have brought us with this thread. My senator (Patty Murray, Washington State) wasn't one of those you quoted though (because you were working on 1998) so I went on a hunt and found the below link with lots of quotes from various Democrats.

Here is what my senator said;
"Over the years, Iraq has worked to develop nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. During 1991 - 1994, despite Iraq's denials, U.N. inspectors discovered and dismantled a large network of nuclear facilities that Iraq was using to develop nuclear weapons. Various reports indicate that Iraq is still actively pursuing nuclear weapons capability. There is no reason to think otherwise. Beyond nuclear weapons, Iraq has actively pursued biological and chemical weapons.U.N. inspectors have said that Iraq's claims about biological weapons is neither credible nor verifiable. In 1986, Iraq used chemical weapons against Iran, and later, against its own Kurdish population. While weapons inspections have been successful in the past, there have been no inspections since the end of 1998. There can be no doubt that Iraq has continued to pursue its goal of obtaining weapons of mass destruction." -- Patty Murray, October 9, 2002

"We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction." -- Bob Graham, December 2002

"I will be voting to give the president of the United States the authority to use force - if necessary - to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security." -- John F. Kerry, Oct 2002

The above quotes are from this site.
If The Bush Administration Lied About WMD, So Did These People (Updated)

35 posted on 07/19/2003 7:35:07 PM PDT by Spunky (This little tag just keeps following me where ever I go.)
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To: Wolfstar
Absolutely love your sense of humor.

Well,,, it really wasn't ment to be funny. It's just one of the "Truisms of Life" I'm trying to pass on to the Younger Generation.

36 posted on 07/19/2003 7:51:33 PM PDT by Iowa Granny (Never take sleeping pills and laxative on the same night)
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To: IA5GWH
If you don't have time to read this, have someone else read it, and brief you on it.
37 posted on 07/19/2003 7:57:21 PM PDT by Iowa Granny (Never take sleeping pills and laxative on the same night)
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To: Wolfstar
>>>>Sept. 29, 1998, Trent LOTT: [ED. NOTE: Lott introduces the bill that, when later passed, becomes the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998.]

http://www.iraqwatch.org/perspectives/cfsp-00-f-6.htm

NIX TO BLIX: MAN WHO CERTIFIED IRAQ AS NON-NUCLEAR IS UNLIKELY TO FIND -- OR EVEN TO SEEK -- SADDAM'S HIDDEN WEAPONS

Security Council's Choice is Sure Sign of End of 'Containment' Center for Security Policy SECURITY FORUM No. 00-F 6 27 January 2000 ...The second has been the failure to implement Congress's Iraq Liberation Act - which was supposed to fund the overthrow of the dictator by native opposition groups. President Bill Clinton signed the 1998 act which was supposed to invest $97 million in this project. Apparently only $20,000 has been disbursed to the opposition groups - enough to buy some basic office supplies. The London office of the Iraqi National Congress, the main democratic opposition group, shut down at the end of last year. All this dithering and incompetence has enabled Saddam to replace his bombast after the Gulf War with a credible claim to have rolled back allied achievements then. If anyone still thinks Saddam will be content just with that, they will be deluding themselves

hmmmm, where did that money go?

38 posted on 07/19/2003 8:01:43 PM PDT by Calpernia (Runs with scissors.....)
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To: Wolfstar
Ok. I'm with you. What do we do?
39 posted on 07/19/2003 8:11:35 PM PDT by Calpernia (Runs with scissors.....)
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To: Calpernia; Wolfstar
Ignore post #39. That wasn't for this thread. (Multi browser issue syndrome)
40 posted on 07/19/2003 8:17:20 PM PDT by Calpernia (Runs with scissors.....)
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To: Spunky
Great material, Spunky. Thanks for adding it to this thread. Got a suggestion: if you know of or come across anything Murray has said recently on WMD or the Iraq-Niger connection, compare and contrast with what she said back in '02. Then give her office a call and throw it all back in her face. As long as you don't use cuss words, and remain largely polite, don't be afraid to express your outrage in no uncertain terms. Let her know you are a constituent. Say soothing things like you always thought the Senator was fair [I know: gag, but a little honey...], so you are especially outraged that she's displaying such hypocrisy on a matter so vital to the nation's security. (I'm sure you get the idea.) Then try to get as many of your circle of family and friends as possible to make their own independent call to her office.
41 posted on 07/19/2003 8:52:08 PM PDT by Wolfstar (If we don't re-elect GWB a truly great President we're NUTS!)
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To: Wolfstar
Why O why must my printer be broken at this time?
42 posted on 07/19/2003 8:58:52 PM PDT by knarf (A place where anyone can learn anything ... especially that which promotes clear thinking.)
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To: Calpernia
In answer to your question below about what we can do: One thing is to post the information you just did (thank you for it). What else you do depends on how much time you have and what your personal inclinations are. You can use the material posted on this thread to:

These are just a few ideas. Others may have their own ideas. But you'd be surprised how effective comparatively simple, inexpensive, efforts like this can be. Like throwing a pebble in a stream and watching the ripples spread, even very modest grassroots efforts can have powerful effects. Especially if many of us are doing the same thing in localities all around the country.

43 posted on 07/19/2003 9:05:59 PM PDT by Wolfstar (If we don't re-elect GWB a truly great President we're NUTS!)
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To: Calpernia
Re #39/40, sorry. I answered you anyway.
44 posted on 07/19/2003 9:07:37 PM PDT by Wolfstar (If we don't re-elect GWB a truly great President we're NUTS!)
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To: Wolfstar
You're welcome. Free Republic is the best, but reading and commenting on this forum isn't enough. We all need to write letters, make phone calls and be as active as we can be - even if it's just once a month.
45 posted on 07/20/2003 5:17:43 AM PDT by Peach
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To: Wolfstar
Good job!

It will be put to good use.

46 posted on 07/20/2003 5:51:58 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (game on in 10 seconds....)
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To: Wolfstar
Very true.
47 posted on 07/20/2003 10:24:03 AM PDT by #3Fan
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To: Wolfstar
What great sleuthing! Here's hoping this thread runs 1000 posts!
48 posted on 07/20/2003 10:29:54 AM PDT by Humidston (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law)
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To: Humidston
Bump for those 1000 posts!
49 posted on 07/20/2003 11:43:17 AM PDT by Wolfstar (If we don't re-elect GWB a truly great President we're NUTS!)
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To: Howlin; ohioWfan
Pinging to spread the info.
50 posted on 07/20/2003 11:45:01 AM PDT by Wolfstar (If we don't re-elect GWB a truly great President we're NUTS!)
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