Yeah, I know… this is an old topic but it’s one that keeps coming up again, and again, and again in discussions. People keep saying that he “lied” about Saddam’s WMDs,”so that” he could justify a war in Iraq—ostensibly for oil. Really? I think it’s time to put this baby to bed once and for all.
My recollection is that for several years leading up to the war in Iraq, pretty much the ENTIRE WORLD was saying that Saddam had these weapons and that he was actively seeking to gain more, and to obtain nuclear (or “nucular,” for President Bush) weapons capability as well. Virtually every national intelligence agency in the world said that he possessed (chemical and biological) weapons of mass destruction and that he had no qualms about using them–even on his own people. They said that he represented a dangerous threat to the Middle East and to the world at large. EVERYONE was saying it. How is, then, that President George W. Bush “lied” when he said the exact same thing? Did the rest of world lie as well? Did they do so in order to help President Bush bamboozle the citizens of his own country, or did they have their own reasons for saying that Saddam had these weapons—like maybe that their own national intelligence bureaus were telling them that Saddam had these weapons as well? Oh, and the worldwide press was also stating it as well.
Look, I am NOT a fan of President George W. Bush’s—at all. In fact, I would have MUCH preferred that President Clinton had been allowed to serve two more terms than to have had Old G.W. at the helm. But I believe in telling the TRUTH. For me, this was a dead issue a VERY long time ago. Saddam ran an extremely secretive government, and the world at large could do little more than speculate (based on limited intel and the information they could obtain from U.N. weapons inspection reports, I imagine) about the nature and extent of Saddam’s weapons programs. See? The world at large–including President Bush thought Saddam had WMDs. Personally, I just don’t see a lie here. Not even a small deception. Bush and his people were saying the SAME THING the rest of the world was saying.
So the ones who seem to be “lying” are those who keep insisting that the President lied about this. So how about this… I’ll concede that President Bush lied, if those who continually accuse him of lying will FIRST concede that all the following people ALSO lied about Saddam’s WMDs (and please take note of the party affiliation of each):
- “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.” — (Democrat) 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.” — (Democrat) President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998
- “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, (Democrat) Feb 18, 1998
- “He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.” — Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, (Democrat) 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: (Democrat) 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 (Democrat, CA), Dec. 16, 1998
- “Hussein has chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.” — Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, (Democrat) Nov. 10, 1999
- “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 (Democrat, 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 mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them.” — Sen. Carl Levin (Democrat, MI), Sept. 19, 2002
- “We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.” — Former Vice President Al Gore, (Democrat) 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.” — Former Vice President Al Gore, (Democrat) Sept. 23, 2002
- “We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.” — Sen. Ted Kennedy (Democrat, MA), Sept. 27, 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 (Democrat, WV), Oct. 3, 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.” — Sen. John F. Kerry (Democrat, MA), Oct. 9, 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 (Democrat, 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 (Democrat, CA), Oct. 10, 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 (Democrat, 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 (Democrat, FL), Dec. 8, 2002
- “Without 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 (Democrat, MA), Jan. 23. 2003 (Only two months before the invasion of Iraq!)
So… President Bush lied, huh? Tricked us all, did he? As I said, I’ll concede that nonsense as soon as the dishonest Bush-haters concede that all the Democrats listed above lied as well. Besides, don’t the Bush-haters also call him “stupid?” Well, you can’t have it both ways. Either he is a dense country bumpkin, or he is uber-brilliant and deceived and manipulated all the intelligence agencies of the entire world to justify “his” war in Iraq. Pa-leeeze! The man can’t even pronounce nuclear!
It’s time to stop hating… and LYING!
Hopefully, that is enough said on this ridiculous topic!
“I am here to challenge your comfortable and familiar perceptions and paradigms—to help awaken you—to make you think.” — AAJG