Iraq War Truth Squad

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    Iraq War Truth Squad
    By Frank Gaffney, Center for Security Policy
    June 19, 2006

    With voters going to the polls in a little more than four months, legislators on both sides of Capitol Hill and both sides of the aisle are jockeying for position on a host of contentious issues. Topping the list at the moment is what to do about Iraq.

    Reduced to their essence the choices are, according to most Republicans, between “cutting-and-running” or “staying the course”; according to most Democrats, “redeploying to fight the global war on terror” or Vietnam redux. Last week, the House of Representatives had its turn, providing a bipartisan endorsement of President Bush's Iraq policy. This week, the Senate will express itself.

    Critics of our involvement in Iraq have embraced arguments or “facts” that frequently do not stand up to scrutiny. Unfortunately, some of those who continue to support the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime have unnecessarily conceded points to their opponents. As a result, all other things being equal, even if the Senate joins the House in rejecting the Democrat-led effort to set deadlines for reducing our presence in Iraq or withdrawing posthaste, this week's deliberations may not adequately serve the public's need to understand the true nature of this conflict and its stakes.

    As a contribution to the debate -- and an effort to provide quality control on its content -- herewith a few relevant truths:

    for full article:
    http://www.military.com/opinion/0,15202,101725,00.html

    For those who believe that Bush lied about Saddam having WMD, read what prominent Democrats had to say on the matter:

    Who Didn't Think Iraq Had WMD?
    By Larry Elder, The Washington Times
    May 28, 2006


    As Memorial Day approaches, 51 percent of Americans, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, think the commander in chief "deliberately misled" us about Iraq and weapons of mass destruction (WMD). "Deliberately misled"? Once again, let's go to the videotape:

    Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, February 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."

    Clinton National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, February 1998: "He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has 10 times since 1983."

    Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, October 2003: "When [former President Bill] Clinton was here recently he told me was absolutely convinced, given his years in the White House and the access to privileged information which he had, that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction until the end of the Saddam regime."

    French President Jacques Chirac, February 2003: "There is a problem: the probable possession of weapons of mass destruction by an uncontrollable country, Iraq. The international community is right ... in having decided Iraq should be disarmed."

    President Bill Clinton, December 1998: "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 decadelong war, not only against soldiers, but against civilians; firing Scud missiles at the citizens of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Iran. Not only against a foreign enemy, but even against his own people, gassing Kurdish civilians in Northern Iraq.... I have no doubt today that, left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will use these terrible weapons again."

    Mr. Clinton, July 2003: "t is incontestable that on the day I left office, there were unaccounted-for stocks of biological and chemical weapons. We might have destroyed them in '98. We tried to, but we sure as heck didn't know it because we never got to go back there."

    Gen. Wesley Clark, September 2002, testimony before the House Armed Services Committee: "There's no question that Saddam Hussein is a threat. ... Yes, he has chemical and biological weapons. ... He is, as far as we know, actively pursuing nuclear capabilities, though he doesn't have nuclear warheads yet. If he were to acquire nuclear weapons, I think our friends in the region would face greatly increased risks, as would we."

    Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, Democrat, September 2002: "There's no question that Saddam Hussein is a threat to the United States and to our allies."

    Mr. Dean, February 2003: "I agree with President Bush -- he has said that Saddam Hussein is evil. And he is. [Saddam] is a vicious dictator and a documented deceiver. He has invaded his neighbors, used chemical arms, and failed to account for all the chemical and biological weapons he had before the Gulf war. He has murdered dissidents and refused to comply with his obligations under U.N. Security Council Resolutions. And he has tried to build a nuclear bomb. Anyone who believes in the importance of limiting the spread of weapons of mass killing, the value of democracy and the centrality of human rights must agree that Saddam Hussein is a menace. The world would be a better place if he were in a different place other than the seat of power in Baghdad or any other country."

    Mr. Dean, March 2003: "[Iraq] is automatically an imminent threat to the countries that surround it because of the possession of these weapons."

    Robert Einhorn, Clinton assistant secretary of state for nonproliferation, March 2002: "How close is the peril of Iraqi WMD? Today, or at most within a few months, Iraq could launch missile attacks with chemical or biological weapons against its neighbors (albeit attacks that would be ragged, inaccurate and limited in size). Within four or five years it could have the capability to threaten most of the Middle East and parts of Europe with missiles armed with nuclear weapons containing fissile material produced indigenously -- and to threaten U.S. territory with such weapons delivered by nonconventional means, such as commercial shipping containers. If it managed to get its hands on sufficient quantities of already produced fissile material, these threats could arrive much sooner."

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    Bush himself might have been misled...by the Dems!
     
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    My grandparents have become Zell Miller Democrats. They grew up voting Democrat and believe, mostly, in the tax and spend attitude. However, they also think the Democratic party is now full of jackasses who have lost touch with reality. I heard them say just yesterday that anyone who actually believes Saddam didn't have WMDs is delusional.
     
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    Yes. If all that stuff was on record and shared with him by members of the previous administration, I would say that he was misled by the Dems.
     
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    A dear friend and neighbor of ours is a lifelong "Zell Miller" Democrat, too. He said the last time he voted for a Democrat was in 1992. He has become very dissatisfied with the Democrat Party but will remain one, he says, and continue to vote for the Republicans until his party returns to being Democrats instead of ultra-liberal socialists.

    The Democrats in my own extended family chose to forego voting in the last two elections, except for the younger members. They went to the polls and supported Gore and Kerry. (Academic brainwashing kicking in)

    Since this newer information has come forward (see Gaffney article above), I doubt we will hear too much more on the WMD issue.
     

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