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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Iraq war quotes

Guess the speaker:
A. September 23, 2002, amid the Congressional debate over going to war: "We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."

B. October 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..."

C October 10, 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."
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A. Al Gore
B. Hillary Rodham Clinton
C. Jay Rockefeller (sp)


For those of you who believe Bush "lied" us into war please reference the following: the Senate Intelligence Committee released a bipartisan 500-page report....The Butler Report....Robb-Silberman Report




5 Comments:

  • At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Other memorable quotes...

    Like when Clinton was gearing up for the war in Bosnia:

    "You can support the troops but not the president."
    --Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)

    "Well, I just think it's a bad idea. What's going to happen is they're going to be over there for 10, 15, maybe 20 years."
    --Joe Scarborough (R-FL)

    "Explain to the mothers and fathers of American servicemen that may come home in body bags why their son or daughter have to give up their life?"
    --Sean Hannity, Fox News, 4/6/99

    "[The] President . . . is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation's armed forces about how long they will be away from home. These strikes do not make for a sound foreign policy."
    --Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)

    "American foreign policy is now one huge big mystery. Simply put, the administration is trying to lead the world with a feel-good foreign policy."
    --Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)

    "If we are going to commit American troops, we must be certain they have a clear mission, an achievable goal and an exit strategy."
    --Karen Hughes, speaking on behalf of George W Bush

    "I had doubts about the bombing campaign from the beginning . . I didn't think we had done enough in the diplomatic area."
    --Senator Trent Lott (R-MS)

    "I cannot support a failed foreign policy. History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now. The President began this mission with very vague objectives and lots of unanswered questions. A month later, these questions are still unanswered. There are no clarified rules of engagement. There is no timetable. There is no legitimate definition of victory. There is no contingency plan for mission creep. There is no clear funding program. There is no agenda to bolster our over-extended military. There is no explanation defining what vital national interests are at stake. There was no strategic plan for war when the President started this thing, and there still is no plan today"
    --Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)

    "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is."
    --Governor George W. Bush (R-TX)

    Funny thing is, we won that war without a single US serviceman killed in action.

     
  • At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Strange, according to the linked reports you provided, some conclusions were drawn:

    The person receiving the request, Robert Walpole, then the national intelligence officer for strategic and nuclear programs, would later tell investigators that "the NSC believed the nuclear case was weak," according to the 500-page report released last year by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

    It has been clear since the September report of the Iraq Survey Group -- a CIA-sponsored weapons search in Iraq -- that the United States would not find the weapons of mass destruction cited by Bush as the rationale for going to war against Iraq. But as the Walpole episode suggests, it appears that even before the war many senior intelligence officials in the government had doubts about the case being trumpeted in public by the president and his senior advisers.

     
  • At 3:00 PM, Blogger M. McKain said…

    Aren't we forgetting something else that has emerged since other investigations have been done? From 23 July, 2002:

    "Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy...There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action."

    "It seemed clear that Bush had made up his mind to take military action, even if the timing was not yet decided. But the case was thin. Saddam was not threatening his neighbours, and his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran. We should work up a plan for an ultimatum to Saddam to allow back in the UN weapons inspectors. This would also help with the legal justification for the use of force."

    Ok, so the intelligence wasn't great - not the first thing our intelligence community has gotten wrong, something we should have kept in mind right after 9/11. Moreover, and perhaps most importantly, this intelligence did NOT have to lead to war. It was, if you will, "sexed up" to take us down that route. This was misleading, if not all-out lying, and was perpetrated by those entrusted with running our country.

     
  • At 7:35 PM, Anonymous Mike M. said…

    So when are you college righties gonna give me a link??? I may be an unhinged liberal, but I still love you guys!

     
  • At 12:55 PM, Blogger Ryan S. said…

    done.

     

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