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Democrats on the Record - What President Bush's detractors wish they had never said
FrontPageMag.com ^ | 10/01/03 | FrontPageMag.com

Posted on 10/01/2003 12:58:00 AM PDT by kattracks

"One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."

President Bill Clinton. Feb. 4, 1998.

"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."

President Bill Clinton. Feb. 17, 1998.

"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."

Sen. John F. Kerry, D-MA. Oct. 2002.

"[W]ithout question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein.  He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction. So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real."

Sen. John F. Kerry, D-MA. Jan. 23, 2003.

"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."

Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-MA. Sept. 27, 2002.

"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program.  He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al-Qaeda members ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY. Oct 10, 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."

Sen. Bob Graham, D-FL. Dec. 8, 2002.

"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."

Madeline Albright, Clinton's Secretary of State. Feb 18, 1998.

"Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies."

Madeline Albright. Nov. 10, 1999.

"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."

Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser. Feb,18, 1998.

"[W]e urge you, 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."  

Letter to President Clinton, signed by Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others. Oct. 9, 1998.

"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-CA. Dec. 16, 1998.

"There is no doubt that ... Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs.  Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies."

Letter to President Bush, signed by Sen. Bob Graham, D-FL, and others. Dec, 5, 2001.

"We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region.  He has ignored the mandated of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them."

Sen. Carl Levin, D-MI. Sept. 19, 2002.

"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."

Vice President Al Gore. Sept. 23, 2002.

"Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power."

Vice President Al Gore. Sept. 23, 2002.

"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998.  We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..."

Sen. Robert Byrd, D-WV. Oct. 3, 2002.

"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction."

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-WV. Oct 10, 2002.

 "He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity.  This he has refused to do"

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA. Oct. 10, 2002.



TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: dems; demsonwmd; flipflop; quotes; wmd

1 posted on 10/01/2003 12:58:00 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
This is a great resource - thanks!!
2 posted on 10/01/2003 1:22:09 AM PDT by The Final Harvest (America - The Greatest Nation on the Face of the Earth)
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To: kattracks
keep
3 posted on 10/01/2003 1:25:51 AM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta
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To: kattracks
Some of the 2002 dates must be off. Please recheck.

Vice President Al Gore. Sept. 23, 2002. "Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power."

Gore said this a week ago??? More like 2 years ago.

4 posted on 10/01/2003 2:55:04 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: AmericaUnited
Um, its 2003 dude. You might be late for an appointment or three...:-0...JFK
5 posted on 10/01/2003 2:58:41 AM PDT by BADROTOFINGER (Life sucks. Get a helmet.)
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To: BADROTOFINGER
:) The coffee has not kicked in yet...
6 posted on 10/01/2003 3:03:09 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: kattracks
Ping
7 posted on 10/01/2003 4:32:27 AM PDT by chainsaw
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To: kattracks
Love it, thanks.
8 posted on 10/01/2003 4:51:06 AM PDT by 2timothy3.16
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Quotations of the usual suspects in reference to the existence of, and need to suppress, Saddam's WMD program.
9 posted on 10/01/2003 6:07:49 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The everyday blessings of God are great--they just don't make "good copy.")
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
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10 posted on 10/01/2003 7:00:04 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: kattracks
Thanks,I want to keep for future use.
11 posted on 10/01/2003 8:32:46 AM PDT by Delphinium
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To: kattracks
Excellent list that should be in the pocket of Republicans speaking in the media. In particular repugnant liar Nancy Pelosi should have that quote in her face every day.
12 posted on 10/01/2003 10:48:16 AM PDT by SupplySider
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To: SupplySider
Thanks. This is a keeper.
13 posted on 10/01/2003 4:59:03 PM PDT by fml
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To: kattracks
Reading your post, one wonders what all the controversy is about, doesn't one?

I wonder what would result if a similar search was done of mainstream media editorial positions. I'd wager they are suffering from "convenient memory", as well.

14 posted on 10/01/2003 5:20:50 PM PDT by okie01 (www.ArmorforCongress.com...because Congress isn't for the morally halt and the mentally lame.)
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To: kattracks
Big bump & thanks!
15 posted on 10/03/2003 9:32:32 AM PDT by talleyman (Caviar emptor (a warning from the sturgeon general))
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To: AmericaUnited
"Sept. 23, 2002" is a year and a week or two ago.
16 posted on 10/04/2003 2:10:13 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea
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