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(A MUST READ) The Clinton Administration's Public Case Against Saddam Hussein
New American Century dot org ^ | 2004?

Posted on 11/12/2005 9:10:44 AM PST by doug from upland

http://www.newamericancentury.org/iraq-20040623.htm


















"The [Bush] Administration did not hesitate to heighten and distort public fear of terrorism after September 11th, to create a political case for attacking Iraq."
-- Former Vice President Al Gore, February 5, 2004

The Clinton Administration's Public Case Against Saddam Hussein

In June of 1997, Iraq officials had ratcheted up their obstruction of UNSCOM inspection efforts. They interfered with UNSCOM air operations and denied and delayed access of inspectors to sites. In September, they burned documents at sites while inspectors watched outside the front entrance. By mid-November, Saddam Hussein had demanded an end to U-2 surveillance flights over Iraq and called on American inspectors to leave Iraq.1 Iraqis also began moving equipment that could produce weapons of mass destruction out of the range of video cameras inspectors had installed inside key industrial facilities.2

At first, the Clinton administration adopted a generally reserved tone toward Saddam's provocations. "We believe that he needs to fulfill all the Security Council obligations and that that is an appropriate way to deal with him," commented Secretary Albright at a November 5 press conference with the German foreign minister.3

The next day Secretary Cohen held a ceremony unrelated to Iraq, but, citing "an unusual array" of journalists present, he also spoke on Iraq. "[I]t's imperative that Iraq comply with U.N. mandates," said Cohen, but "the task right now, however, is to persuade them to cease and desist from their obstruction." And when asked what would be the consequences should Saddam not comply, Cohen said simply, "it's important that we not speculate what those reactions might be."4

Striking a similar tone on November 10 at the Pentagon, Vice President Gore stated that "Saddam has taken steps that interfere with the ability of the inspection team to carry out its mission." He added, "The procedure chosen to deal with this situation is to engage him in discussions in which he can be made aware that this is not a smart thing for him to do, and he ought to change his mind."5

But Saddam remained defiant. So on Friday, November 14, President Clinton and his top advisors met at the White House and decided to launch a public campaign to build support for a possible war against Iraq.

"Prepare the Country for War"

The New York Times reported that at the November 14 meeting the "White House decided to prepare the country for war." According to the Times, "[t]he decision was made to begin a public campaign through interviews on the Sunday morning television news programs to inform the American people of the dangers of biological warfare."6 During this time, the Washington Post reported that President Clinton specifically directed Cohen "to raise the profile of the biological and chemical threat."7

On November 16, Cohen made a widely reported appearance on ABC's This Week in which he placed a five-pound bag of sugar on the table and stated that that amount of anthrax "would destroy at least half the population" of Washington, D.C. Cohen explained how fast a person could die once exposed to anthrax. "One of the things we found with anthrax is that one breath and you are likely to face death within five days. One small particle of anthrax would produce death within five days." And he noted that Iraq "has had enormous amounts" of anthrax. Cohen also spoke on the extreme lethality of VX nerve agent: "One drop [of VX] from this particular thimble as such -- one single drop will kill you within a few minutes." And he reminded the world that Saddam may have enough VX to kill "millions, millions, if it were properly dispersed and through aerosol mechanisms."8

"The War of Words Grows; U.S.: Poisons Are World Threat" headlined the New York Daily News Monday morning.9 CBS News said the White House had begun "a new tack, warning in the darkest possible terms of the damage which Saddam Hussein could inflict with his chemical and biological weapons."10 And in "America the Vulnerable; A disaster is just waiting to happen if Iraq unleashes its poison and germs," Time wrote that "officials in Washington are deeply worried about what some of them call 'strategic crime.' By that they mean the merging of the output from a government's arsenals, like Saddam's biological weapons, with a group of semi-independent terrorists, like radical Islamist groups, who might slip such bioweapons into the U.S. and use them."11

This message was echoed in a series of remarks President Clinton delivered the same week.


"I say this not to frighten you"

In Sacramento, November 15, Clinton painted a bleak future if nations did not cooperate against "organized forces of destruction," telling the audience that only a small amount of "nuclear cake put in a bomb would do ten times as much damage as the Oklahoma City bomb did." Effectively dealing with proliferation and not letting weapons "fall into the wrong hands" is "fundamentally what is stake in the stand off we're having in Iraq today."

He asked Americans to not to view the current crisis as a "replay" of the Gulf War in 1991. Instead, "think about it in terms of the innocent Japanese people that died in the subway when the sarin gas was released [by the religious cult Aum Shinrikyo in 1995]; and how important it is for every responsible government in the world to do everything that can possibly be done not to let big stores of chemical or biological weapons fall into the wrong hands, not to let irresponsible people develop the capacity to put them in warheads on missiles or put them in briefcases that could be exploded in small rooms. And I say this not to frighten you."12

Again in Wichita, November 17, Clinton said that what happens in Iraq "matters to you, to your children and to the future, because this is a challenge we must face not just in Iraq but throughout the world. We must not allow the 21st century to go forward under a cloud of fear that terrorists, organized criminals, drug traffickers will terrorize people with chemical and biological weapons the way the nuclear threat hung over the heads of the whole world through the last half of this century. That is what is at issue."13

On November 19, at a White House signing ceremony for an adoption bill, Clinton warned that Iraq must "let the weapons inspectors resume their work to prevent Iraq from developing an arsenal of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons." To achieve this, "we are prepared to pursue whatever options are necessary" because, Clinton added, "I do not want these children we are trying to put in stable homes to grow up into a world where they are threatened by terrorists with biological and chemical weapons."14

In Washington, D.C., November 21, Clinton applauded the return of UNSCOM inspectors that day (after a three week absence) "to proceed with their work without interference, to find, to destroy, to prevent Iraq from rebuilding nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the missiles to carry them." He added: "We must not let our children be exposed to the indiscriminate availability and potential abuse and actual use of the biological and chemical and smaller-scale nuclear weapons which could terrorize the 21st century," said Clinton.15

But with the return of the UNSCOM, Iraqi officials began delaying entry of inspectors to "sensitive sites."16


"Clear and Present Danger"


On November 25, the Pentagon released "Proliferation: Threat and Response." A few things stand out in the report. In the section on Iraq, the word "terrorism" (in any form) is not mentioned. It is, though, cited in the sections on Libya and Iran. The report stated that Iraq "probably has hidden" chemical munitions, "may retain … some missile warheads" from its old biological program, and could jump-start production of chemical and biological weapons "should UN sanctions and monitoring end or be substantially reduced."17

Cohen began his press briefing on the Pentagon report by showing a picture of a Kurdish mother and her child who had been gassed by Saddam's army. A bit later, standing besides the gruesome image, he described death on a mass scale. "One drop [of VX nerve agent] on your finger will produce death in a matter of just a few moments. Now the UN believes that Saddam may have produced as much as 200 tons of VX, and this would, of course, be theoretically enough to kill every man, woman and child on the face of the earth." He then sketched an image of a massive chemical attack on an American city. Recalling Saddam's use of poison gas and the sarin attack in Tokyo, Cohen warned that "we face a clear and present danger today" and reminded people that the "terrorist who bombed the World Trade Center in New York had in mind the destruction and deaths of some 250,000 people that they were determined to kill."

Asked whether Iraq had moved "any of his programs underground into these hardened facilities," Cohen responded that he didn't know whether Saddam had "moved these chemicals or biological agents and materials --- not only the agents themselves, but documentation .... So we don't know whether they've moved them into hardened shelters or underground bunkers." He spoke of Iraqi weapons as fact, not a probability or likelihood.18

By mid-December, the Pentagon had announced that all members of the military would be vaccinated against anthrax with the first vaccinations going to those "assigned or deployed to the high threat areas of Southwest Asia and Northeast Asia."19 At the same, time, Iraqi officials announced a ban on inspections of "presidential sites" and restricted access to other "sensitive sites." With the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan approaching on December 31, the administration decided that any military strike had to wait. "Dragging things out to get past Ramadan" is how a senior Clinton official characterized administration policy during this period to the Washington Post.20


1998

With the end of Ramadan on January 29 and Saddam still failing to comply with his commitment to the U.N. to disarm, Clinton officials resumed public efforts to make the case on the threat posed by Saddam Hussein.

Secretary Albright flew to the Middle East to drum up support for possible war.21 "Saddam Hussein, armed with chemical and biological weapons, is a threat to the international community," she told journalists in Bahrain.22

A few days later, on February 7, Clinton, joined by Prime Minister Blair, devoted his Saturday radio address to Iraq. Noting the two were speaking from the same room where FDR and Churchill "charted our path victory in World War II," Clinton told Americans that we now face "a new nexus of threats, none more dangerous than chemical and biological weapons, and the terrorists, criminals and outlaw states that seek to acquire them." He warned that "Iraq continues to conceal chemical and biological weapon[s]," "has the "missiles that can deliver them" and "has the capacity to quickly restart production of these weapons."23

How fast Saddam could "restart production" was discussed in a 10-page U.S. Government white paper on "Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction" released on February 13.24 "In the absence of UNSCOM inspectors," the report stated, "Iraq could restart limited mustard agent production with[in] a few weeks, full-production of sarin within a few months, and pre-Gulf war production levels - including VX - within two or three years." It had a chart listing how many were killed by Saddam's chemical weapons in the 1980s. It noted that although inspections severely curtailed Iraq's wmd programs, Saddam "is actively trying to retain what remains of his wmd programs while wearing down the will of the Security Council to maintain sanctions." But, "even a small residual force of operational missiles armed with biological or chemical warheads would pose a serious threat to neighboring countries and US military forces in the region."25

It detailed the biological and chemical agents and munitions for which Iraq had not accounted. It stated that Iraq "provided no hard evidence to support claims that it destroyed all of its BW agents and munitions in 1991" and "has not supplied adequate evidence to support its claim that it destroyed all of its CW agents and munitions."26

The white paper also discussed Iraqi nuclear activity.

Under the White Paper's "nuclear weapons" section, it observed: "Baghdad's interest in acquiring nuclear or developing nuclear weapons has not diminished"; "we have concerns that scientists may be pursuing theoretical nuclear research that would reduce the time required to produce a weapon should Iraq acquire sufficient fissile material"; "Iraq continues to withhold significant information about enrichment techniques, foreign procurement, weapons design, and the role of Iraq's security and intelligence services in obtaining external assistance and coordinating postwar concealment."27

On February 17, President Clinton spoke on the steps of the Pentagon. The president declared that the great danger confronting the U.S. and its allies was the "threat Iraq poses now-a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists, drug traffickers, or organized criminals who travel the world among us unnoticed." Before the Gulf War of 1991, he noted, "Saddam had built up a terrible arsenal, and he had used it. Not once, but many times in a decade-long war with Iran, he used chemical weapons against combatants, against civilians, against a foreign adversary and even against his own people."28

Clinton furthered explained that:

Iraq "admitted, among other things, an offensive biological warfare capability, notably, 5,000 gallons of botulinum, which causes botulism; 2,000 gallons of anthrax; 25 biological-filled Scud warheads; and 157 aerial bombs. And I might say UNSCOM inspectors believe that Iraq has actually greatly understated its production. . . .

"Over the past few months, as [the weapons inspectors] have come closer and closer to rooting out Iraq's remaining nuclear capacity, Saddam has undertaken yet another gambit to thwart their ambitions by imposing debilitating conditions on the inspectors and declaring key sites which have still not been inspected off limits . . . .

"It is obvious that there is an attempt here, based on the whole history of this operation since 1991, to protect whatever remains of his capacity to produce weapons of mass destruction, the missiles to deliver them, and the feed stocks necessary to produce them. The UNSCOM inspectors believe that Iraq still has stockpiles of chemical and biological munitions, a small force of Scud-type missiles, and the capacity to restart quickly its production program and build many, many more weapons. . . .

"Now, let's imagine the future. What if he fails to comply and we fail to act, or we take some ambiguous third route, which gives him yet more opportunities to develop this program of weapons of mass destruction and continue to press for the release of the sanctions and continue to ignore the solemn commitments that he made? Well, he will conclude that the international community has lost its will. He will then conclude that he can go right on and do more to rebuild an arsenal of devastating destruction. And some day, some way, I guarantee you he'll use the arsenal. . . . 29


"Madonna and Child Saddam Hussein-style"

On February 18, Secretaries Cohen and Albright and National Security Advisor Berger held a global town hall meeting on the campus of Ohio State University. They noted that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and had used them.

"Saddam Hussein," Cohen said "has developed an arsenal of deadly chemical and biological weapons. He has used these weapons repeatedly against his own people as well as Iran. I have a picture which I believe CNN can show on its cameras, but here's a picture taken of an Iraqi mother and child killed by Iraqi nerve gas. This is what I would call Madonna and child Saddam Hussein-style."

Berger declared that "in the 21st century, the community of nations may see more and more of this very kind of threat that Iraq poses now, a rogue state with biological and chemical weapons."

The "record will show that Saddam Hussein has produced weapons of mass destruction," Albright stated, "which he's clearly not collecting for his own personal pleasure, but in order to use." She continued: "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."30


"If the world had been firmer with Hitler"

At Tennessee State on February 19, Albright told the crowd that the world has not "seen, except maybe since Hitler, somebody who is quite as evil as Saddam Hussein." In answering a question, she sketched some of the "worse" case scenarios should Saddam "break out of the box that we kept him in."

One "scenario is that he could in fact somehow use his weapons of mass destruction."

"Another scenario is that he could kind of become the salesman for weapons of mass destruction -- that he could be the place that people come and get more weapons."

One of the lessons of history, Albright continued, is that "if you don't stop a horrific dictator before he gets started too far -- that he can do untold damage." "If the world had been firmer with Hitler earlier," said Albright, "then chances are that we might not have needed to send Americans to Europe during the Second World War."31

Four days later, February 23, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan reached a deal with Saddam for inspections of presidential sites. The Security Council endorsed the agreement on March 2 with UNSC Resolution 1154, which warned of the "severest consequences" should Iraq break the agreement. But within a few months, Saddam was again obstructing U.N. inspectors.

On May 22, 1998, President Clinton delivered a speech reminiscent of the comments he made on February 17 at the Pentagon.

The president warned Annapolis graduates that our enemies "may deploy compact and relatively cheap weapons of mass destruction - not just nuclear, but also chemical or biological, to use disease as a weapon of war. Sometimes the terrorists and criminals act alone. But increasingly, they are interconnected, and sometimes supported by hostile countries." The U.S. will work to "prevent the spread and use of biological weapons and to protect our people in the event these terrible weapons are ever unleashed by a rogue state or terrorist group or an international criminal organization." This protection will include "creating stockpiles of medicines and vaccines to protect our civilian population against the kind of biological agents our adversaries are most likely to obtain or develop."32

On August 5, 1998, Iraq halted no-notice inspections by UNSCOM but allowed UNSCOM's monitoring activities to continue.33

On August 14, 1998, President Clinton signed public law 105-235, "Iraqi Breach of International Obligations," which had passed the Senate unanimously and by a vote of 407-6 in the House.34 Among the law's findings: "Iraq's continuing weapons of mass destruction programs threaten vital United States interests and international peace and security." It concluded:

"Resolved ... [t]hat the Government of Iraq is in material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations, and therefore the President is urged 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."35

Six days later, August 20, the U.S. launched missiles strikes in Afghanistan and Sudan. According to the September 1, 1998 Washington Post, a U.S. intelligence operation "to investigate Sudan's nascent chemical weapons program ultimately linked Al Shifa [a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory] to Iraq's chemical weapons programs...."36


Regime Change

On October 31, 1998, Iraq ceased all cooperation with UNSCOM.37 The same day President Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act, which declared that "[i]t should be the policy of the United States to support efforts 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."38 In signing the Act, the President stated that the U.S. "looks forward to a democratically supported regime that would permit us to enter into a dialogue leading to the reintegration of Iraq into normal international life."39

Two week later, November 14, Iraq resumed cooperation with UNSCOM, averting U.S and British air strikes.40

On December 8, National Security Advisor Berger delivered an address at Stanford University on U.S. policy on Iraq. He stated:

"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. Saddam's 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."

"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."41

On December 9, Iraq again resumed obstructing inspection activities and shortly thereafter UNSCOM withdrew inspectors from Iraq.42


Desert Fox and a "threat of the future"

On December 16, 1998, President Clinton launched Operation Desert Fox, a four-day missile and bombing attack on Iraq. "I acted quickly because, as my military advisors stressed, the longer we waited, the more time Saddam would have to disburse his forces and protect his arsenal," Clinton explained in his December 19 radio address to the nation. "Our mission is clear: to degrade Saddam's capacity to develop and deliver weapons of mass destruction."43 (It should be noted that on July 27, 2003 President Clinton assessed the effectiveness of Desert Fox. He stated: "When I left office, there was a substantial amount of biological and chemical material unaccounted for. That is, at the end of the first Gulf War, we knew what he had. We knew what was destroyed in all the inspection processes and that was a lot. And then we bombed with the British for four days in 1998. We might have gotten it all; we might have gotten half of it; we might have gotten none of it. But we didn't know." )44

Secretary Albright held a briefing on Desert Fox and was asked how she would respond to those who say that unlike the 1991 Gulf War this campaign "looks like mostly an Anglo-American mission." She answered:

"We are now dealing with a threat, I think, that is probably harder for some to understand because it is a threat of the future, rather than a present threat, or a present act such as a border crossing, a border aggression. And here, as the president described in his statement yesterday, we are concerned about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's ability to have, develop, deploy weapons of mass destruction and the threat that that poses to the neighbors, to the stability of the Middle East, and therefore, ultimately to ourselves.45

Secretary Cohen replied much the same way to comments made in March of 1998 by Senator Campbell of Colorado, who chided the administration for not keeping the "coalition together" during an Appropriations Committee hearing. Cohen responded:

And that's one of the reasons why you haven't seen the kind of solidarity that we had before; much harder when the case is the threat of weapons of mass destruction versus Saddam Hussein setting off 600 oil wells in the field of Kuwait and seeing that kind of threat, which is real and tangible, as opposed to one which might take place some time in the future, as far as the use of his chemical and biologicals.46

On December 19, Saddam Hussein declared that inspectors would never be allowed back in Iraq.47 Inspectors wouldn't return to Iraq for five years.

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  1. Department of State "Timeline of UN-Iraq Coalition Incidents, 1991-2002," published February 20, 2004 available at http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/iraq/timeline.htm.
  2. John M. Goshko, "Iraqis May Be Acting to Avoid Surveillance," Washington Post, November 6, 1997.
  3. Remarks by Secretary Albright at press conference with German Foreign Minister Kinkel, U.S. State Department, November 5, 1997.
  4. Remarks by Defense Secretary Cohen during award ceremony for the Seasparrow missile system at the Pentagon, November 6, 1997.
  5. Remarks by Vice President Gore at Pentagon procurement reform news briefing, November 10, 1997.
  6. Elaine Sciolino, "How Tough Questions and Shrewd Mediating Brought Iraqi Showdown to an End," New York Times, November 23, 1997.
  7. Barton Gellman; Dana Priest; Bradley Graham, "Diplomacy and Doubts on the Road to War," Washington Post, March 1, 1998.
  8. ABC News, This Week, November 16, 1997.
  9. Daily News (New York), "The War of Words Grows, U.S.: Poisons are World Threat," November 17, 1997.
  10. CBS Morning News transcript, November 17, 1997.
  11. Bruce W. Nelan, Reported by Edward Barnes/New York, Elain Shannon and Mark Thompson/Washington, "America the Vulnerable," Time, November 24, 1997.
  12. Remarks by President Clinton at a Democratic National Committee event, Sacramento Capital Club, Sacramento, CA, November 15, 1997.
  13. Remarks by President Clinton, Cessna Training Facility, Wichita, KS, November 17, 1997.
  14. Remarks by President Clinton at signing of Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, White House, November 19, 1997.
  15. Remarks by President Clinton at the Rabin-Peres Peace Foundation Award ceremony, Washington, D.C., November 21, 1997.
  16. Department of State "Timeline of UN-Iraq Coalition Incidents, 1991-2002," published February 20, 2004.
  17. Department of Defense, "Proliferation: Threat and Response-November 1997," released November 25, 1997, available at http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/prolif97/.
  18. Remarks by Defense Secretary Cohen during a Defense Department Briefing, November 25, 1997, available at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Nov1997/t11251997_t1125ptr.html.
  19. Department of Defense Press Release, "Defense Department To Start Immunizing Troops Against Anthrax, December 15, 1997, available at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Dec1997/b12151997_bt679-97.html.
  20. Senior Clinton Administration Official, quoted in Barton Gellman, Dana Priest, Bradley Graham, "Diplomacy and Doubts on the Road to War," Washington Post, March 1, 1998.
  21. Anwar Faruqi, "Albright Faces Tough Mission in Gulf with Iraq," Associated Press, February 1, 1998.
  22. Remarks by Secretary Albright, Manama, Bahrain, February 3, 1998.
  23. President Clinton's Weekly Radio Address, White House, February 7, 1998.
  24. U.S. Government White Paper, "Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs," released by U.S. Department of State on February 13, 1998 available at http://www.state.gov/www/regions/nea/iraq_white_paper.html.
  25. U.S. Government White Paper, "Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs," released by U.S. Department of State on February 13, 1998.
  26. U.S. Government White Paper, "Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs," released by U.S. Department of State on February 13, 1998. It should be noted that the CIA's "Report of Proliferation-Related Acquisition in 1997," released in July of 1998 (available at http://www.cia.gov/cia/reports/721_reports/acq1997.html), made no mention of nuclear activity in the three paragraphs devoted to Iraq, but the report did discuss, at length, Iran's nuclear activity; and the CIA's June, 1997-released report on wmd-related acquisition devoted one line to Iraq with no mention of Iraqi nuclear activity.
  27. U.S. Government White Paper, "Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs," released by U.S. Department of State on February 13, 1998.
  28. Remarks by President Clinton at the Pentagon, February 17, 1998.
  29. Remarks by President Clinton at the Pentagon, February 17, 1998.
  30. Remarks by Secretaries Cohen and Albright and National Security Advisor Sandy Berger at a Town Hall meeting on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, February 18, 1998.
  31. Remarks by Secretary Albright at Tennessee State University, February 20, 1998.
  32. Remarks by President Clinton, U.S. Naval Academy commencement address, May 22, 1998.
  33. Department of State "Timeline of UN-Iraq Coalition Incidents, 1991-2002," published February 20, 2004.
  34. Senate vote on S.J. Resolution 54 on July 31, 1998; House roll call vote number 378, August 3, 1998.
  35. Public Law 105-235, "A Joint Resolution Finding the Government of Iraq in Unacceptable and Material Breach of its International Obligations," available at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d105:SJ00054:|TOM:/bss/d105query.html.
  36. Vernon Loeb and Bradley Graham, "Sudan Plant Probed Months Before Attack," Washington Post, September 1, 1998.
  37. Department of State "Timeline of UN-Iraq Coalition Incidents, 1991-2002," published February 20, 2004.
  38. Public law 105-338, "Iraq Liberation Act of 1998," October 31, 1998, available at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d105:HR04655:|TOM:/bss/d105query.html.
  39. White House press release, "Clinton Signs Iraq Liberation Act," October 31, 1998, http://www.fas.org/news/iraq/1998/11/01/981101-in.htm.
  40. Department of State "Timeline of UN-Iraq Coalition Incidents, 1991-2002," published February 20, 2004.
  41. Address by National Security Advisor Berger, Stanford University, December 8, 1998.
  42. Department of State "Timeline of UN-Iraq Coalition Incidents, 1991-2002," published February 20, 2004.
  43. Remarks by President Clinton during his Weekly Radio Address, December 19, 1998.
  44. Remarks by President Clinton on CNN's Larry King Live, July 27, 2003.
  45. Remarks by Secretary Albright during special briefing on Operation Desert Fox at the U.S. State Department, December 17, 1998.
  46. Remarks of Secretary Cohen before the Senate Appropriations Committee, March 6, 1998.
  47. Department of State "Timeline of UN-Iraq Coalition Incidents, 1991-2002," published February 20, 2004.






TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: clinton; hussein; iraq; pnac; prewarintelligence; regimechange; saddam; threat; weapons

1 posted on 11/12/2005 9:10:46 AM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland
Yeah, but, the Impeachment was "an abuse of power."

Did you hear that assclown say that this week? Abuse of power?
Unbelievable.
2 posted on 11/12/2005 9:18:26 AM PST by msnimje ("People for the American Way have issued a Fatwah against Alito" --- John Cornyn)
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To: msnimje

He is truly a sociopath.


3 posted on 11/12/2005 9:19:08 AM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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To: doug from upland

The Clinton View of Iraq/AQ Ties.
December 29, 2003. The Weekly Standard.
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/003/527uwabl.asp

Tape Shows General Wesley Clark linking Iraq and AQ
January 12, 2004. The New York Times.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1056113/posts

Britain insists that AQ was in Iraq pre war.
June 17, 2004. MiddleEast Online.
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1155369/posts

How the Networks Pretend to Ignore their own Reporting in the 90's that AQ and Iraq worked together.
June 17, 2004. Media Research Center
http://www.mediaresearch.org/cyberalerts/2004/cyb20040617.asp

The Clinton Administration first linked Saddam and OBL.
June 25, 2004. The Washington Times.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20040624-112921-3401r.htm

Long List of Clinton Administration Officials who Believed There was an AQ/Iraq connection.
July 12, 2004. NewsMax.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1169397/posts

Gore, Cohen, Clinton linked AQ and Saddam.
July 15, 2004. The Daily Texan.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1165515/posts

Clinton feared Iraq gave AQ chemical weapons in Sudan under a cooperative agreement they had.
July 2004. 9/11 Commission
http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1087373948467

Excellent reference material on Clinton/Iraq/WMD:
http://freerepublic.com/focus/news/1513669/posts?page=1

Who is lying about Iraq.
November 2005. John Podhoritz
http://www.commentarymagazine.com/Production/files/podhoretz1205advance.html






4 posted on 11/12/2005 9:19:18 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: doug from upland

Thanks Doug. Outstanding!


5 posted on 11/12/2005 9:20:54 AM PST by AliVeritas (Weldon Ops, Earle Fatwa Team, Pork Jihadi, MOOSEMUSS, Stick Brigade, Go Steele)
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To: doug from upland
Secretary Albright held a briefing on Desert Fox and was asked how she would respond to those who say that unlike the 1991 Gulf War this campaign "looks like mostly an Anglo-American mission." She answered:

"We are now dealing with a threat, I think, that is probably harder for some to understand because it is a threat of the future, rather than a present threat, or a present act such as a border crossing, a border aggression. And here, as the president described in his statement yesterday, we are concerned about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's ability to have, develop, deploy weapons of mass destruction and the threat that that poses to the neighbors, to the stability of the Middle East, and therefore, ultimately to ourselves.

6 posted on 11/12/2005 9:21:05 AM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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To: doug from upland
Would Algore scream about Cohen? "He betrayed this country! He played on our fears!"

On November 16, Cohen made a widely reported appearance on ABC's This Week in which he placed a five-pound bag of sugar on the table and stated that that amount of anthrax "would destroy at least half the population" of Washington, D.C. Cohen explained how fast a person could die once exposed to anthrax. "One of the things we found with anthrax is that one breath and you are likely to face death within five days. One small particle of anthrax would produce death within five days." And he noted that Iraq "has had enormous amounts" of anthrax. Cohen also spoke on the extreme lethality of VX nerve agent: "One drop [of VX] from this particular thimble as such -- one single drop will kill you within a few minutes." And he reminded the world that Saddam may have enough VX to kill "millions, millions, if it were properly dispersed and through aerosol mechanisms."

7 posted on 11/12/2005 9:23:12 AM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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Cohen began his press briefing on the Pentagon report by showing a picture of a Kurdish mother and her child who had been gassed by Saddam's army. A bit later, standing besides the gruesome image, he described death on a mass scale. "One drop [of VX nerve agent] on your finger will produce death in a matter of just a few moments. Now the UN believes that Saddam may have produced as much as 200 tons of VX, and this would, of course, be theoretically enough to kill every man, woman and child on the face of the earth." He then sketched an image of a massive chemical attack on an American city. Recalling Saddam's use of poison gas and the sarin attack in Tokyo, Cohen warned that "we face a clear and present danger today" and reminded people that the "terrorist who bombed the World Trade Center in New York had in mind the destruction and deaths of some 250,000 people that they were determined to kill."


8 posted on 11/12/2005 9:24:28 AM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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TIME wrote that "officials in Washington are deeply worried about what some of them call 'strategic crime.' By that they mean the merging of the output from a government's arsenals, like Saddam's biological weapons, with a group of semi-independent terrorists, like radical Islamist groups, who might slip such bioweapons into the U.S. and use them."


9 posted on 11/12/2005 9:26:05 AM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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To: doug from upland

Great post! The difference between the Clintonistas and President George W. Bush is that Bush acted on the information (that Iraq was a threat) and chose to defend freedom. President Bush will be recognized as a great president for liberating 50 million people in the Middle East and protecting America. Clinton was too busy disgracing the office. If it were up to the Democrats, the USSR would still exist, and Saddam Hussein would still be torturing people and commiting mass murder. Even in the late 1930's, the so-called "liberal intellectual" crowd opposed going to war against Hitler. They were isolationists with blinders on, brains shut off, and no sense of human decency, just as they are now.


10 posted on 11/12/2005 9:26:08 AM PST by pleikumud
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To: doug from upland

HA! Obviously faulty and manipulated intelligence. Can't fool me!


11 posted on 11/12/2005 9:26:33 AM PST by Enterprise (The modern Democrat Party - a toxic stew of mental illness, cultism, and organized crime.)
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"I say this not to frighten you"

In Sacramento, November 15, Clinton painted a bleak future if nations did not cooperate against "organized forces of destruction," telling the audience that only a small amount of "nuclear cake put in a bomb would do ten times as much damage as the Oklahoma City bomb did." Effectively dealing with proliferation and not letting weapons "fall into the wrong hands" is "fundamentally what is stake in the stand off we're having in Iraq today."


12 posted on 11/12/2005 9:27:25 AM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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FROM CLINTON --

"Now, let's imagine the future. What if he fails to comply and we fail to act, or we take some ambiguous third route, which gives him yet more opportunities to develop this program of weapons of mass destruction and continue to press for the release of the sanctions and continue to ignore the solemn commitments that he made? Well, he will conclude that the international community has lost its will. He will then conclude that he can go right on and do more to rebuild an arsenal of devastating destruction. And some day, some way, I guarantee you he'll use the arsenal. . . .


13 posted on 11/12/2005 9:29:56 AM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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Everyone, will you please direct your ping lists to this article. Also, please email it to talk shows and journalists.
14 posted on 11/12/2005 9:31:30 AM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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Asked whether Iraq had moved "any of his programs underground into these hardened facilities," Cohen responded that he didn't know whether Saddam had "moved these chemicals or biological agents and materials --- not only the agents themselves, but documentation .... So we don't know whether they've moved them into hardened shelters or underground bunkers." He spoke of Iraqi weapons as fact, not a probability or likelihood.


15 posted on 11/12/2005 9:34:21 AM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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To: doug from upland

Excellent post! Shame the mass media will never talk about CLINTON'S case for war with Iraq.


16 posted on 11/12/2005 9:36:36 AM PST by cake_crumb (Leftist Credo: One Wing to Rule Them All and to the Dark Side Bind Them)
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To: doug from upland

What kills me is that the liberals have very successfully focused all the attention on nuclear weapons and the "fact" that Saddam didn't have any. They have convinced the American people that WMD = nukes. We didn't find a shitload of nuclear-tipped missiles sitting around Iraq, therefore Bush Lied. Nobody is talking anymore about the bioweapons and the chemical weapons, which WERE found in abundance after the invasion and which could have killed many more people than a couple of nukes. Nobody is talking about how the Coalition forces were expecting to have chemical weapons used against them. Nobody is talking about the possibility that Iraq was behind the anthrax attacks, which have never been solved.


17 posted on 11/12/2005 9:45:54 AM PST by Dems_R_Losers (The Kerry/Lehane/Wilson/Grunwald/Cooper plot to destroy Karl Rove has failed!)
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To: doug from upland
The fact of the matter is simply that if Bush misled the American people, he was part of a massive conspiracy by half a dozen countries to mislead the American people. You don't hear Kennedy, Hanoi John or Algore accusing Chirac or Shroder of "misleading" the American people. If that ever happened, they'd just say Clinton told them to do it and Clinton will blame the VRWC anyway.

However, for every one of us who reminds people that there was a six year worldwide consensus that Saddam was hiding WMD, the media puts on every single one of their favorite fifth columnists to chant that Bush lied about WMD, Rove is evil and should be frog marched and Libby was guilty of leaking classified information in an attempt to destroy the heroic Joe Wilson and his super-duper secret CIA coctail party agent wife. They shout us down at every turn. It can get depressing sometimes.

18 posted on 11/12/2005 9:54:36 AM PST by cake_crumb (Leftist Credo: One Wing to Rule Them All and to the Dark Side Bind Them)
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To: cake_crumb
They shout us down at every turn. It can get depressing sometimes.

I feel the same way. It's frustrating to hear this nonsense spewed from every TV, magazine, newspaper, and radio news report every single day.

The only thing that makes me feel better is imagining how depressed democrats must be -- the propaganda machine isn't working as well as it used to. Many of us are shouting back.

19 posted on 11/12/2005 10:10:43 AM PST by reformed_democrat
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To: doug from upland
"The [Bush] Administration did not hesitate to heighten and distort public fear of terrorism after September 11th, to create a political case for attacking Iraq." -- Former Vice President Al Gore, February 5, 2004

During the 1992 presidential campaign, Al Gore criticized the first Bush administration for a "blatant disregard" of Iraq's ties to terrorism. On September 29, 1992 Al Gore said, "The Reagan/Bush Administration was also prepared to overlook the fact that the terrorist who masterminded the attack on the Achille Lauro and the savage murder of American Leon Klinghoffer fled with Iraqi assistance. Nor did it matter that the team of terrorists who set out to blow up the Rome airport came from Baghdad with suitcase bombs." Gore went on to say, "There might have been a moment's pause for reflection when Iraqi aircraft intentionally attacked the USS Stark in May 1987, killing 37 sailors -- but the Administration smoothed it over very fast."
http://www.mit.edu/afs/net/user/tytso/usenet/nptn/campaign92/dems/15

20 posted on 11/12/2005 10:32:57 AM PST by faq (Read my "faq" page for "Things you may have forgotten about Iraq.")
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To: doug from upland

Great post Doug.

The only thing missing is the failed coup attempt that Clinton's CIA tried to engineer in 1996. Due to its failure, we lost alot of humint in Iraq; made the truth harder to get to in 2000/2001/2002.


21 posted on 11/12/2005 10:40:49 AM PST by Wuli
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To: Darth Reagan

ping


22 posted on 11/12/2005 11:47:10 AM PST by marblehead17 (I love it when a plan comes together.)
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To: doug from upland
Reference bump. Very good job - as usual!
:-)
23 posted on 11/12/2005 12:20:08 PM PST by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: cake_crumb

You're right, the MSM tries to hide the facts by not presenting them. Like, See BS could have a 10 hour version of 60 Minutes just covering all the statements by leading Democrats and Clintonistas about what a threat Saddam Hussein's Iraq posed. But that wouldn't fit their agenda. The GOOD NEWS is that blogs like this and internet sources in general make the MSM obsolete. The last place to look for news is ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, CBS, Washington Post, NY Times, Boston Globe, Forbes, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, etc., etc. They are all obsolete, with shallow, dumbed-down coverage, "reporting" inaccurate info and even lies. The current issue of Forbes even has a cover story attacking blogs in general, and an editorial piece supporting the notion of "global warming" as scientifically correct! Hey, who needs socialists when you can read Forbes? :)-


24 posted on 11/12/2005 12:59:36 PM PST by pleikumud
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To: doug from upland; Liz; Howlin; ALOHA RONNIE; RonDog; MurryMom
Secretary Cohen

The *Crintons bring out everyone in their defense from the felon Berger to the cleaning lady if they have to. I don't recall Cohen being ANYWHERE speaking about ANYTHING that happened on his watch.

25 posted on 11/12/2005 1:08:51 PM PST by Libloather (Geena Davis isn't man enough to play Hillary on TV. Heck, BILL isn't man enough to play Hillary...)
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To: doug from upland

You are simply amazing. Bookmarked. Thanks. :)


26 posted on 11/12/2005 1:10:44 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Watery Tart; ButThreeLeftsDo; KRAUTMAN; reformedliberal; Mygirlsmom; codercpc; s2baccha; ...

Very interesting reading, Gang. Not specifically Wisconsin-related, but very noteworthy.


27 posted on 11/12/2005 1:14:05 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: doug from upland
Everyone, will you please direct your ping lists to this article. Also, please email it to talk shows and journalists

That is an excellent idea, Doug. This information has got to see the light of day as often and as many places as possible. It's not just the MSM that's covering this up. My son is in 10th grade, and he might well be the only kid in his school who knows a single thing about the 1st Gulf War, or that it even happened, much less the fact that thousands of tons of WMDs were found and destroyed by us.

The history of our nation defending itself and it's allies has simply not been taught in this state, or at least not in the district he's in, yet there's been plenty of indoctrination lectures by groups such as the "young demoncrats". Jim McDermott tells one auditorium full of high schoolers that because of the republicans, anyone over 15 is going to drafted into the Iraq war, while a dozen counties away Patty Murray is touting Osama Bin Laden's progressive social programs.

Unless these kids have been taught by their parents and pressured to balance their tv time watching "friends" with the History channel and War Stories with Oliver North, none of know enough to know when they're getting lied to. We need to find a way to reach Generation X.

28 posted on 11/12/2005 1:54:13 PM PST by 4woodenboats (Revelations 20:4)
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To: 4woodenboats

Print this out from the original source and have you son take it to his teacher.


29 posted on 11/12/2005 2:04:36 PM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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ping


30 posted on 11/12/2005 6:15:39 PM PST by Jack Black
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To: All

Great info here. Don't miss it.


31 posted on 11/12/2005 7:30:19 PM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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To: doug from upland

bttt


32 posted on 11/12/2005 8:19:45 PM PST by nopardons
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To: nopardons

Has this ever been posted before? I don't ever remember seeing this.


33 posted on 11/12/2005 8:27:52 PM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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To: doug from upland

If it was, I never saw it. This is all new to me.


34 posted on 11/12/2005 8:39:14 PM PST by nopardons
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To: nopardons

Doh! It has been published here three times. How did I miss this?


35 posted on 11/12/2005 8:41:06 PM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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To: doug from upland

Well, I missed it too, so don't feel bad.


36 posted on 11/12/2005 8:43:23 PM PST by nopardons
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To: doug from upland

Yes, but...

Bush Lied,
WMDs WMDs
Halliburton!

Did you know Kerry was in Vietnam!?


37 posted on 11/12/2005 9:43:19 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (I'm going to become rich as soon as I invent a device that allows you to smack people over the web!)
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To: doug from upland

Great work, Doug.


38 posted on 11/13/2005 7:56:55 AM PST by Hoodat ( Silly Dems)
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To: Hoodat

Great work was done earlier by other FReepers. I missed this the first three times.


39 posted on 11/13/2005 8:02:30 AM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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To: doug from upland

Save for later reading.


40 posted on 11/13/2005 12:23:35 PM PST by Vor Lady (Doesn't expecting the unexpected make the unexpected the expected?)
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To: doug from upland

The dems constantly attempt to rewrite history when they have screwed that history up.


41 posted on 11/13/2005 12:24:58 PM PST by Dustbunny (Main Stream Media -- Making 'Max Headroom' a reality.)
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To: Fred Nerks; Justanobody

More info for your reading pleasure PING!


42 posted on 11/13/2005 7:18:57 PM PST by jan in Colorado (Freedom isn't Free! Thank you Veterans! God Bless You!)
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To: msnimje; doug from upland
HILLARY'S INCOMPETENCEbump


 

I M P E A C H M E N T
h e a r --c l i n t o n --l o s e --i t



by Mia T, 11.11.05

This legacy confab is in and of itself proof certain of clinton's deeply flawed character, and a demonstration in real time of the way in which the clinton years were about a legacy that was incidentally a presidency.

Madeleine Albright captured the essence of this dysfunctional presidency best when she explained why clinton couldn't go after bin Laden.

According to Richard Miniter, the Albright revelation occurred at the cabinet meeting that would decide the disposition of the USS Cole bombing by al Qaeda [that is to say, that would decide to do what it had always done when a "bimbo" was not spilling the beans on the clintons: Nothing]. Only Clarke wanted to retaliate militarily for this unambiguous act of war.

Albright explained that a [sham] Mideast accord would yield [if not peace for the principals, surely] a Nobel Peace Prize for clinton. Kill or capture bin Laden and clinton could kiss the accord and the Peace Prize good-bye.

If clinton liberalism, smallness, cowardice, corruption, perfidy--and, to borrow a phrase from Andrew Cuomo, clinton cluelessness--played a part, it was, in the end, the Nobel Peace Prize that produced the puerile pertinacity that enabled the clintons to shrug off terrorism's global danger.


43 posted on 11/13/2005 7:20:49 PM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: doug from upland

bookmark


44 posted on 11/13/2005 8:42:10 PM PST by StarFan
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To: doug from upland

I'll put a bookmark in here too.

Thanks Doug.


45 posted on 11/13/2005 11:50:03 PM PST by Diver Dave (Pray for our Armed Forces as if your freedom depends on it.)
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To: doug from upland
Dems argue that this strike was a complete success, fully disarming Iraq of WMD...

Transcript: President Clinton explains Iraq strike

CLINTON: Good evening.

Earlier today, I ordered America's armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces. Their mission is to attack Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors.

Their purpose is to protect the national interest of the United States, and indeed the interests of people throughout the Middle East and around the world.

Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons.

I want to explain why I have decided, with the unanimous recommendation of my national security team, to use force in Iraq; why we have acted now; and what we aim to accomplish.

Six weeks ago, Saddam Hussein announced that he would no longer cooperate with the United Nations weapons inspectors called UNSCOM. They are highly professional experts from dozens of countries. Their job is to oversee the elimination of Iraq's capability to retain, create and use weapons of mass destruction, and to verify that Iraq does not attempt to rebuild that capability.

The inspectors undertook this mission first 7.5 years ago at the end of the Gulf War when Iraq agreed to declare and destroy its arsenal as a condition of the ceasefire.

The international community had good reason to set this requirement. Other countries possess weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles. With Saddam, there is one big difference: He has used them. Not once, but repeatedly. Unleashing chemical weapons against Iranian troops during a decade-long war. Not only against soldiers, but against civilians, firing Scud missiles at the citizens of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Iran. And not only against a foreign enemy, but even against his own people, gassing Kurdish civilians in Northern Iraq.

The international community had little doubt then, and I have no doubt today, that left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will use these terrible weapons again.

The United States has patiently worked to preserve UNSCOM as Iraq has sought to avoid its obligation to cooperate with the inspectors. On occasion, we've had to threaten military force, and Saddam has backed down.

Faced with Saddam's latest act of defiance in late October, we built intensive diplomatic pressure on Iraq backed by overwhelming military force in the region. The UN Security Council voted 15 to zero to condemn Saddam's actions and to demand that he immediately come into compliance.

Eight Arab nations -- Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman -- warned that Iraq alone would bear responsibility for the consequences of defying the UN.

When Saddam still failed to comply, we prepared to act militarily. It was only then at the last possible moment that Iraq backed down. It pledged to the UN that it had made, and I quote, a clear and unconditional decision to resume cooperation with the weapons inspectors.

I decided then to call off the attack with our airplanes already in the air because Saddam had given in to our demands. I concluded then that the right thing to do was to use restraint and give Saddam one last chance to prove his willingness to cooperate.

I made it very clear at that time what unconditional cooperation meant, based on existing UN resolutions and Iraq's own commitments. And along with Prime Minister Blair of Great Britain, I made it equally clear that if Saddam failed to cooperate fully, we would be prepared to act without delay, diplomacy or warning.

Now over the past three weeks, the UN weapons inspectors have carried out their plan for testing Iraq's cooperation. The testing period ended this weekend, and last night, UNSCOM's chairman, Richard Butler, reported the results to UN Secretary-General Annan.

The conclusions are stark, sobering and profoundly disturbing.

In four out of the five categories set forth, Iraq has failed to cooperate. Indeed, it actually has placed new restrictions on the inspectors. Here are some of the particulars.

Iraq repeatedly blocked UNSCOM from inspecting suspect sites. For example, it shut off access to the headquarters of its ruling party and said it will deny access to the party's other offices, even though UN resolutions make no exception for them and UNSCOM has inspected them in the past.

Iraq repeatedly restricted UNSCOM's ability to obtain necessary evidence. For example, Iraq obstructed UNSCOM's effort to photograph bombs related to its chemical weapons program.

It tried to stop an UNSCOM biological weapons team from videotaping a site and photocopying documents and prevented Iraqi personnel from answering UNSCOM's questions.

Prior to the inspection of another site, Iraq actually emptied out the building, removing not just documents but even the furniture and the equipment.

Iraq has failed to turn over virtually all the documents requested by the inspectors. Indeed, we know that Iraq ordered the destruction of weapons-related documents in anticipation of an UNSCOM inspection.

So Iraq has abused its final chance.

As the UNSCOM reports concludes, and again I quote, "Iraq's conduct ensured that no progress was able to be made in the fields of disarmament.

"In light of this experience, and in the absence of full cooperation by Iraq, it must regrettably be recorded again that the commission is not able to conduct the work mandated to it by the Security Council with respect to Iraq's prohibited weapons program."

In short, the inspectors are saying that even if they could stay in Iraq, their work would be a sham.

Saddam's deception has defeated their effectiveness. Instead of the inspectors disarming Saddam, Saddam has disarmed the inspectors.

This situation presents a clear and present danger to the stability of the Persian Gulf and the safety of people everywhere. The international community gave Saddam one last chance to resume cooperation with the weapons inspectors. Saddam has failed to seize the chance.

And so we had to act and act now.

Let me explain why.

First, without a strong inspection system, Iraq would be free to retain and begin to rebuild its chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs in months, not years.

Second, if Saddam can crippled the weapons inspection system and get away with it, he would conclude that the international community -- led by the United States -- has simply lost its will. He will surmise that he has free rein to rebuild his arsenal of destruction, and someday -- make no mistake -- he will use it again as he has in the past.

Third, in halting our air strikes in November, I gave Saddam a chance, not a license. If we turn our backs on his defiance, the credibility of U.S. power as a check against Saddam will be destroyed. We will not only have allowed Saddam to shatter the inspection system that controls his weapons of mass destruction program; we also will have fatally undercut the fear of force that stops Saddam from acting to gain domination in the region.

That is why, on the unanimous recommendation of my national security team -- including the vice president, the secretary of defense, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, the secretary of state and the national security adviser -- I have ordered a strong, sustained series of air strikes against Iraq.

They are designed to degrade Saddam's capacity to develop and deliver weapons of mass destruction, and to degrade his ability to threaten his neighbors.

At the same time, we are delivering a powerful message to Saddam. If you act recklessly, you will pay a heavy price. We acted today because, in the judgment of my military advisers, a swift response would provide the most surprise and the least opportunity for Saddam to prepare.

If we had delayed for even a matter of days from Chairman Butler's report, we would have given Saddam more time to disperse his forces and protect his weapons.

Also, the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins this weekend. For us to initiate military action during Ramadan would be profoundly offensive to the Muslim world and, therefore, would damage our relations with Arab countries and the progress we have made in the Middle East.

That is something we wanted very much to avoid without giving Iraq's a month's head start to prepare for potential action against it.

Finally, our allies, including Prime Minister Tony Blair of Great Britain, concurred that now is the time to strike. I hope Saddam will come into cooperation with the inspection system now and comply with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. But we have to be prepared that he will not, and we must deal with the very real danger he poses.

So we will pursue a long-term strategy to contain Iraq and its weapons of mass destruction and work toward the day when Iraq has a government worthy of its people.

First, we must be prepared to use force again if Saddam takes threatening actions, such as trying to reconstitute his weapons of mass destruction or their delivery systems, threatening his neighbors, challenging allied aircraft over Iraq or moving against his own Kurdish citizens.

The credible threat to use force, and when necessary, the actual use of force, is the surest way to contain Saddam's weapons of mass destruction program, curtail his aggression and prevent another Gulf War.

Second, so long as Iraq remains out of compliance, we will work with the international community to maintain and enforce economic sanctions. Sanctions have cost Saddam more than $120 billion -- resources that would have been used to rebuild his military. The sanctions system allows Iraq to sell oil for food, for medicine, for other humanitarian supplies for the Iraqi people.

We have no quarrel with them. But without the sanctions, we would see the oil-for-food program become oil-for-tanks, resulting in a greater threat to Iraq's neighbors and less food for its people.

The hard fact is that so long as Saddam remains in power, he threatens the well-being of his people, the peace of his region, the security of the world.

The best way to end that threat once and for all is with a new Iraqi government -- a government ready to live in peace with its neighbors, a government that respects the rights of its people. Bringing change in Baghdad will take time and effort. We will strengthen our engagement with the full range of Iraqi opposition forces and work with them effectively and prudently.

The decision to use force is never cost-free. Whenever American forces are placed in harm's way, we risk the loss of life. And while our strikes are focused on Iraq's military capabilities, there will be unintended Iraqi casualties.

Indeed, in the past, Saddam has intentionally placed Iraqi civilians in harm's way in a cynical bid to sway international opinion.

We must be prepared for these realities. At the same time, Saddam should have absolutely no doubt if he lashes out at his neighbors, we will respond forcefully.

Heavy as they are, the costs of action must be weighed against the price of inaction. If Saddam defies the world and we fail to respond, we will face a far greater threat in the future. Saddam will strike again at his neighbors. He will make war on his own people.

And mark my words, he will develop weapons of mass destruction. He will deploy them, and he will use them.

Because we're acting today, it is less likely that we will face these dangers in the future.

Let me close by addressing one other issue. Saddam Hussein and the other enemies of peace may have thought that the serious debate currently before the House of Representatives would distract Americans or weaken our resolve to face him down.

But once more, the United States has proven that although we are never eager to use force, when we must act in America's vital interests, we will do so.

In the century we're leaving, America has often made the difference between chaos and community, fear and hope. Now, in the new century, we'll have a remarkable opportunity to shape a future more peaceful than the past, but only if we stand strong against the enemies of peace.

Tonight, the United States is doing just that. May God bless and protect the brave men and women who are carrying out this vital mission and their families. And may God bless America.

46 posted on 11/14/2005 9:55:45 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: doug from upland

I can't believe you didn't ping me... snif... snif.


47 posted on 11/14/2005 6:05:58 PM PST by AliVeritas (Weldon Ops, Earle Fatwa Team, Pork Jihadi, MOOSEMUSS, Stick Brigade, Go Steele)
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To: AliVeritas

I don't have a ping list for this stuff.


48 posted on 11/14/2005 6:08:44 PM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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To: doug from upland

ping!


49 posted on 11/17/2005 1:01:16 PM PST by texianyankee
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To: doug from upland

50 posted on 11/20/2005 3:48:10 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (Raoul's First Law of Journalism: BIAS = LAYOFFS)
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