Monday, July 18, 2005


George W. Bush was the 3rd president to approve military force against Saddam

It is necessary to remind the conspiracy theorists, hysterical anti-war protestors and forgetful mainstream media that George W. Bush was not the 1st president to talk about Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction.

Here's a trip down memory lane with another president, Bill Clinton

"Saddam (Hussein) must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons,"

"Earlier today I ordered America's armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces," Clinton said. "Their mission is to attack Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors,"

"Instead of inspectors disarming Saddam, Saddam has disarmed the inspectors," Clinton said. "In halting our airstrikes in November, I gave Saddam a chance -- not a license. If we turn our backs on his defiance, the credibility of U.S. power as a check against Saddam will be destroyed," the president explained.

Clinton also called Hussein a threat to his people and to the security of the world. "The best way to end that threat once and for all is with a new Iraqi government -- a government ready to live in peace with its neighbors, a government that respects the rights of its people," Clinton said. Such a change in Baghdad would take time and effort, Clinton said, adding that his administration would work with Iraqi opposition forces.

"But once more, the United States has proven that although we are never eager to use force, when we must act in America's vital interests, we will do so."

Sound familiar? These are quotes by an American president talking about Iraq's nuclear weapons, saying that attacking Iraq is in America's interest and advocating the end of Saddam Hussein's regime. President George W. Bush merely echoed, carried out and implemented Clinton's wishes.

The point is that attacking Iraq was not a novel concept when it was being discussed in 2002. Nor was it only advocated by neoconservatives. Saddam Hussein's weapons program was considered threat for at least 5 years before we invaded in 2003. In the turmoil of the current political crisis these facts from 1998 must not be forgotten.

Here is the full article from CNN.com - Clinton: Iraq has abused its last chance - December 16, 1998


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