Who are the ‘liars’?
Folks, this is a little OT but in response to the Bush-bashers out there who shout that “George Bush said we had to go into Iraq because it had weapons of destruction. He lied.”, we offer this:
Syndicated columnist William Rusher has done some computer search homework that makes anyone’s lying-by-the-president contention not only defamatory, but absolutely ludicrous. For Rusher reports:
Feb. 17, 1998: ‘We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.’ – President Clinton.
Feb. 18, 1998: ‘[T]he risk that the leaders of [Iraq] will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security risk we face.’ – Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Oct. 9, 1998: ‘[We] urge you … 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 Sens. Tom Daschle, Carl Levin, John Kerry and others.
Sept. 23, 2002: ‘We know [Saddam] has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.’ – Al Gore.
Fall 2002: ‘We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.’ – Sen. Ted Kennedy.
Dec. 8, 2002: ‘We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has … a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction.’ – Sen. Bob Graham of Florida of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
There ain’t nothin’ like some good ol’ research to chase away a nasty political headache.
Keyword(s): Iraq War; WMD; 2004 election; quotes