Friday, April 16, 2004


Words of wisdom about weapons of mass destruction from our good friend, Bill Clinton

The members of the Leftorium love to bash President Bush about "misleading" the American people concerning weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Howard Dean appeared on CNN's "American Morning" today and accused the Bush Administration of lying to Americans about one of the pretexts for going to war with Iraq, WMD. Dean said, "the vice president said that they were in Iraq accumulating nuclear weapons, that that was not true. The secretary of defense said he knew just where the weapons of mass destruction were; that was not true."

However, this is what Bill Clinton had to say during his State of the Union Address in 1998

I ask Congress to join me in pursuing an ambitious agenda to reduce the serious threat of weapons of mass destruction. This year, four decades after it was first proposed by President Eisenhower, a Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban is within reach. By ending nuclear testing, we can help to prevent the development of new and more dangerous weapons, and make it more difficult for non-nuclear states to build them.

I am pleased to announce that four former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff-Generals John Shalikashvili, Colin Powell and David Jones, and Admiral William Crowe-have endorsed this treaty, and I ask the Senate to approve it this year.

Together we must also confront the new hazards of chemical and biological weapons, and the outlaw states, terrorists and organized criminals seeking to acquire them.

Saddam Hussein has spent the better part of this decade, and much of his nation's wealth, not on providing for the Iraqi people, but on developing nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them.

The United Nations weapons inspectors have done a truly remarkable job, finding and destroying more of Iraq's arsenal than was destroyed during the entire gulf war. Now, Saddam Hussein wants to stop them from completing their mission.

I know I speak for everyone in this chamber, Republicans and Democrats, when I say to Saddam Hussein, "You cannot defy the will of the world," and when I say to him, "You have used weapons of mass destruction before; we are determined to deny you the capacity to use them again."

No wonder Dean and the Clintons don't like each other. I couldn't have said it better myself. Thanks, Bill Clinton!



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