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(Absolutely must see and send everywhere!) Quotes and Facts on Iraq ^ | 2006

Posted on 09/12/2006 6:19:06 PM PDT by doug from upland

  Quotes and Facts on Iraq


"Every nation has to either be with us, or against us.  Those who harbor terrorists, or who finance them, are going to pay a price."  

   Senator Hillary Clinton (Democrat, New York)
   September 13, 2001



"In the next century, the community of nations may see more and more the very kind of 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.  

If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow by the knowledge that they can act with impunity, even in the face of a clear message from the United Nations Security Council and clear evidence of a weapons of mass destruction program."  

   President Clinton
   Address to Joint Chiefs of Staff and Pentagon staff
   February 17, 1998



"It is the duty of any president, in the final analysis, to defend this nation and dispel the security threat.  Saddam Hussein has brought military action upon himself by refusing for 12 years to comply with the mandates of the United Nations.  The brave and capable men and women of our armed forces and those who are with us will quickly, I know, remove him once and for all as a threat to his neighbors, to the world, and to his own people, and I support their doing so."  

   Senator John Kerry (Democrat, Massachusetts)
   Statement on eve of military strikes against Iraq
   March 17, 2003



"It appears that with the deadline for exile come and gone, Saddam Hussein has chosen to make military force the ultimate weapons inspections enforcement mechanism.  If so, the only exit strategy is victory, this is our common mission and the world's cause."  

   Senator John Kerry (Democrat, Massachusetts)
   Statement on commencement of military strikes against Iraq
   March 20, 2003



Senator John Edwards, when asked about "Axis of Evil" countries Iran, Iraq, and North Korea:  

"I mean, we have three different countries that, while they all present serious problems for the United States -- they're dictatorships, they're involved in the development and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction -- you know, the most imminent, clear and present threat to our country is not the same from those three countries.  I think Iraq is the most serious and imminent threat to our country."  

   Senator John Edwards (Democrat, North Carolina)
   During an interview on CNN's "Late Edition"
   February 24, 2002



"Those who doubted whether Iraq or the world would be better off without Saddam Hussein, and those who believe today that we are not safer with his capture, don't have the judgment to be President, or the credibility to be elected President.  

No one can doubt or should doubt that we are safer -- and Iraq is better -- because Saddam Hussein is now behind bars."  

   Senator John Kerry (Democrat, Massachusetts)
   Speech at Drake University in Iowa
   December 16, 2003



John Edwards, while voting YES to the Resolution authorizing US military force against Iraq:

"Others argue that if even our allies support us, we should not support this resolution because confronting Iraq now would undermine the long-term fight against terrorist groups like Al Qaeda. Yet, I believe that this is not an either-or choice. Our national security requires us to do both, and we can."  

   Senator John Edwards (Democrat, North Carolina)
   US Senate floor statement: "Authorization of the Use of
   United States Armed Forces Against Iraq"
   October 10, 2002



"I think it was the right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein. And when the president made the decision, I supported him, and I support the fact that we did disarm him."  

   Senator John Kerry (Democrat, Massachusetts)
   During a Democratic Primary Debate at the University of South Carolina
   May 3, 2003



"There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein's regime is a serious danger, that he is a tyrant, and that his pursuit of lethal weapons of mass destruction cannot be tolerated.  He must be disarmed."  

   Senator Edward Kennedy (Democrat, Massachusetts)
   Speech at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
   September 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."  

   Senator Hillary Clinton (Democrat, New York)
   Addressing the US Senate
   October 10, 2002



John Kerry, while voting YES to the Resolution authorizing US military force against Iraq:  

"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."  

   Senator John Kerry (Democrat, Massachusetts)
   Addressing the US Senate
   October 9, 2002



"As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I firmly believe that the issue of Iraq is not about politics. It's about national security. We know that for at least 20 years, Saddam Hussein has obsessively sought weapons of mass destruction through every means available. We know that he has chemical and biological weapons today. He has used them in the past, and he is doing everything he can to build more. Each day he inches closer to his longtime goal of nuclear capability -- a capability that could be less than a year away.  

The path of confronting Saddam is full of hazards. But the path of inaction is far more dangerous. This week, a week where we remember the sacrifice of thousands of innocent Americans made on 9-11, the choice could not be starker. Had we known that such attacks were imminent, we surely would have used every means at our disposal to prevent them and take out the plotters. We cannot wait for such a terrible event -- or, if weapons of mass destruction are used, one far worse -- to address the clear and present danger posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq."  

   Senator John Edwards (Democrat, North Carolina)
   US Senate floor statement: "Iraqi Dictator Must Go"
   September 12, 2002



"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime. We all know the litany of his offenses. He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. He miscalculated an eight-year war with Iran. He miscalculated the invasion of Kuwait. He miscalculated America's response to that act of naked aggression. He miscalculated the result of setting oil rigs on fire. He miscalculated the impact of sending scuds into Israel and trying to assassinate an American President. He miscalculated his own military strength. He miscalculated the Arab world's response to his misconduct. And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction. That is why the world, through the United Nations Security Council, has spoken with one voice, demanding that Iraq disclose its weapons programs and disarm.  

So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real, but it is not new. It has been with us since the end of the Persian Gulf War.  

In U.N. Security Council Resolution 1441, the United Nations has now affirmed that Saddam Hussein must disarm or face the most serious consequences. Let me make it clear that the burden is resoundingly on Saddam Hussein to live up to the ceasefire agreement he signed and make clear to the world how he disposed of weapons he previously admitted to possessing."  

   Senator John Kerry (Democrat, Massachusetts)
   Speech at Georgetown University
   January 23, 2003



Congressman Gephardt links Saddam with the threat of terrorists nuking US cities:  

BOB SCHIEFFER, Chief Washington Correspondent:  

And with us now is the Democratic presidential candidate Dick Gephardt. Congressman, you supported taking military action in Iraq. Do you think now it was the right thing to do?  

REP. RICHARD GEPHARDT, D-MO, Democratic Presidential Candidate:  

I do. I base my determination on what I heard from the CIA. I went out there a couple of times and talked to everybody, including George Tenet. I talked to people in the Clinton administration.  


Well, let me just ask you, do you feel, Congressman, that you were misled?  

I don't. I asked very direct questions of the top people in the CIA and people who'd served in the Clinton administration. And they said they believed that Saddam Hussein either had weapons or had the components of weapons or the ability to quickly make weapons of mass destruction. What we're worried about is an A-bomb in a Ryder truck in New York, in Washington and St. Louis. It cannot happen. We have to prevent it from happening. And it was on that basis that I voted to do this.  

   Congressman Richard Gephardt (Democrat, Montana)
   Interviewed on CBS News "Face the Nation"
   November 2, 2003



"We have not reached parity with them. We have the right to kill 4 million Americans -- 2 million of them children -- and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands. Furthermore, it is our right to fight them with chemical and biological weapons, so as to afflict them with the fatal maladies that have afflicted the Muslims because of the [Americans'] chemical and biological weapons."  

   Islamic terrorist group "Al Qaeda"
   June 12, 2002



"[W]e have evidence of meetings between Iraqi officials and leaders of al Qaeda, and testimony that Iraqi agents helped train al Qaeda operatives to use chemical and biological weapons. We also know that al Qaeda leaders have been, and are now, harbored in Iraq.  

Having reached the conclusion I have about the clear and present danger Saddam represents to the U.S., I want to give the president a limited but strong mandate to act against Saddam."  

   Senator Joseph Lieberman (Democrat, Connecticut)
   In a Wall Street Journal editorial Lieberman authored titled: "Why Democrats    Should Support the President on Iraq"
   October 7, 2002



"Iraq is a long way from Ohio, 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."  

   Madeleine Albright, President Clinton's Secretary of State
   Town Hall Meeting on Iraq at Ohio State University
   February 18, 1998



"Imagine the consequences if Saddam fails to comply and we fail to act. Saddam will be emboldened, believing the international community has lost its will. He will rebuild his arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. And some day, some way, I am certain, he will use that arsenal again, as he has ten times since 1983."  

   Sandy Berger, President Clinton's National Security Advisor
   Town Hall Meeting on Iraq at Ohio State University
   February 18, 1998



"No one has done what Saddam Hussein has done, or is thinking of doing.  He is producing weapons of mass destruction, and he is qualitatively and quantitatively different from other dictators."  

   Madeleine Albright, President Clinton's Secretary of State
   Town Hall Meeting on Iraq at Ohio State University
   February 18, 1998




"Ten years after the Gulf War and Saddam is still there and still continues to stockpile weapons of mass destruction. Now there are suggestions he is working with al Qaeda, which means the very terrorists who attacked the United States last September may now have access to chemical and biological weapons."  

   James P. Rubin, President Clinton's State Department spokesman
   In a PBS documentary titled "Saddam's Ultimate Solution"
   July 11, 2002