Somebody Lied

hear-no-speak-no-speak-no.jpg Many of these dates are pre 1/20/2001 (inauguration of GW Bush).  Additionally, many of the people on this list spoke equally as eloquent on the topic of the right to life of the unborn until they changed tunes as Presidential opportunities opened up.  Today you only hear that fact discussed in the mainstream media about certain Republicans that made the same switch.  And you hear nothing about the pronouncements by these Democrats concerning Iraq in the 1990’s and early 2000’s as we ran up to the 2nd Iraqi war.  It should be noted that it was the policy of the United States established by Public Law 105-338 titled the “Iraq Liberation Act of 1998” passed by the Congress of the United States and signed by President Clinton which provided for “regime change” in Iraq and this law was proffered by both President Bush and the Congress in support of their enactment of Public Law 107–243—OCT. 16, 2002 “Authorization to Use Force in Iraq.”

“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.” – President 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.” – President 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, 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, 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 Sen… Carl Levin (D-MI), Tom Daschle (D-SD), John Kerry (D – MA), 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 (D, 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, Nov. 10, 1999

“There is no doubt that … Saddam Hussein has invigorated 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 p longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.” – Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen…. Bob Graham (D, FL,) and others, December 5, 2001

“We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandated of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them.” – Sen…. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002 “We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.” – Al Gore, 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” – Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

“We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.” – Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, 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 (D, 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 (D, 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 (D, 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 (D, 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 (D, 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 (D, 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 (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003

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10 Responses to “Somebody Lied”


  1. 1 Neil May 19, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    Great list! I wish we could take out a full page ad with that list in the NY Times once a month. The Left has been chanting “Bush lied . . . ” so long that they have convinced themselves it is all his fault.

  2. 2 Skip Oublicover May 19, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    This article shows how little our Political Leaders have to give us.
    They are unable to see this mission through; and it is critical to our survial, Too many have been lost, the price too high to “Cut & Run”

  3. 3 MDBL May 20, 2007 at 4:03 am

    Who cares?
    Okay guys, Bush is great!
    I believe many of those comments are in the context of, “lets impose massive sanctions”, but whatever…
    Lets stay & fight & finish the job even if it takes 20 years & 25,000 lives (American, because who cares about anyone but & radicals are killing Iraqi’s so not our problem anyway)… Even if we were a bit (massively) mislead.
    Rah rah rah… fight em there & keep em away from us.
    I’ve been convinced!

    You all know what this all is… Justify it however you need to.

    You keep talking about before… & I’m trying to figure out now.
    Do you think Iraq is working?
    3 – 4 years into it… Do you really see light at the end of the tunnel?
    Or in 5 years are you still gonna be complaining that the reason we haven’t “won” is that we weren’t allowed to torture (which I’m all for by the way. If you’re gonna kill someone you should be able to torture them)?
    No, you won’t, because a democrat will be in office & we’ll be able to blame him for not cleaning up Rove & Cheney (I’m sorry Bush’s, yeah sure whatever…) mess properly.
    You really think in 2003, with all that we had on our plate, going into Iraq was a good idea?
    Man, politics wear me out… Amazing. Such BS..

    On a lighter note… Stevie, I hope you’ve managed to get a meal at Trevini (on Worth Ave.)… My Italian experiences there have been amazing.

  4. 4 the Grit May 22, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    Hi MDBL,

    Considering history, we’re doing quite well in Iraq. It took us 10 years to pacify Nazi Germany after the large scale combat ceased, and almost as long in Japan (and we still maintain a military presence in both countries 60 years later), and they didn’t have outside sources of support. I’m sorry if the Democrats didn’t bother to study up before signing onto the war, but, then again, it’s a good lesson on why operating on feelings instead of reason is not a good thing.

    As to torture, if you fight without wearing a uniform, that is the chance you take. The Geneva Accords were made just to encourage nations not to turn to terrorism, which, by it’s very nature, targets civilian populations (and the leaders of nations, but we shouldn’t talk about such things.)

    As to Bush’s mess, it’s really should be called Bush’s attempt to clean up the mess left by Carter and Clinton. If Carter had done his job, Iran wouldn’t be supporting Islamic terrorists today, and if Clinton had kept his pants on, 9/11 wouldn’t have happened. If Carter had half a brain in his head, the treaty he brokered with North Korea wouldn’t have had a loophole allowing them to enrich uranium. Get a clue and realize that, just because a Presidential candidate speaks well and tells you what you want to hear, doesn’t mean that’s who deserves your vote.

    Sorry to run on s.

    the Grit

  5. 5 stevereenie May 22, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    Grit,

    Your run on’s are always welcome. Again you got the history, facts and truth right.

  6. 6 MDBL May 22, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    “Get a clue and realize that, just because a Presidential candidate speaks well and tells you what you want to hear, doesn’t mean that’s who deserves your vote.”

    What a revelation… Thanks “Brit”

    “You all know what this all is… Justify it however you need to.”
    was a portion of what I wrote & you’ve done so brilliantly.

    You’re entire post was depressing on so many levels… No energy. Wrong blog for it anyway.

    No desire to banter with you Brit. I’ve looked at your blog & it’s off the charts. We would just go back & forth showing off so to speak & that’s not my thing.

    & I’m not twelve… Just an FYI

  7. 7 mommyzabs May 23, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    I will vouch, mike is not 12. much older in fact 😉 don’t let his lingo fool you.

    And Mike that was grit not brit 🙂 The write in very different tones 🙂

    Just thought i would pipe in and moderate a bit. 🙂

  8. 8 DD2 May 24, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Did you ever notice that when Republican Presidents leave office they do so with such class and such dignity that it’s really a pleasure to witness it. But when Democrats leave office they act like petty snotnosed little brats that will NEVER grow up. They never seem to get over the fact that they are not the number one person in the world any longer.
    Jimmie hasn’t met a Republican President that he ever respected or dictator he hasn’t loved.

  9. 9 MDBL May 24, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Ummmm Yeh…

    Go DD2 go… making your mark on the internet!

  10. 10 stevereenie May 24, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    DD2,

    Thanks for stopping by. You’re welcome anytime. That part about JC never meeting a Dictator (or Arab head of state) he hasn’t loved has caused me some anxiety as well.


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