Bush Lied, People Died
By: Carolyn Hileman
Earlier today, I ordered America’s armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces. Their mission is to attack Iraq’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors.
Their purpose is to protect the national interest of the United States, and indeed the interests of people throughout the Middle East and around the world.
Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons.
I want to explain why I have decided, with the unanimous recommendation of my national security team, to use force in Iraq; why we have acted now; and what we aim to accomplish.
Saddam Hussein announced that he would no longer cooperate with the United Nations weapons inspectors called UNSCOM. They are highly professional experts from dozens of countries. Their job is to oversee the elimination of Iraq’s capability to retain, create and use weapons of mass destruction, and to verify that Iraq does not attempt to rebuild that capability.
The inspectors undertook this mission first 7.5 years ago at the end of the Gulf War when Iraq agreed to declare and destroy its arsenal as a condition of the ceasefire.
The international community had good reason to set this requirement. Other countries possess weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles. With Saddam, there is one big difference: He has used them. Not once, but repeatedly. Unleashing chemical weapons against Iranian troops during a decade-long war. Not only against soldiers, but against civilians, firing Scud missiles at the citizens of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Iran. And not only against a foreign enemy, but even against his own people, gassing Kurdish civilians in Northern Iraq.
Does this sound familiar? By now we all know that no weapons of mass destruction were found (see editor’s note), no nukes, nothing of the sort and one would have to wonder why President Clinton would have said those things since they are obviously untrue. December 16, 1998, the day he spoke these words he must have believed they were true, today however he and those who voted in congress for this action will tell you to your face they never believed Saddam had those capabilities and that they were duped by what they so commonly call a stupid man.
I am betting when you were reading this you were thinking see there, Bush lied, people died! And I am betting at this point you would really like to strangle me. Unfortunately you canâ€™t. So if President Clinton, the greatest president to some since JFK was ready to go into Iraq for the same reasons we are there now, who lied first? If former President Clinton at some point found out the evidence was faulty did he not have an obligation to pass that information along to the sitting president? Now I know that it hurts to find out that a man that you trusted either lied or was mislead and put our troops in harms way for apparently no reason. I however, believe that he had a reason just as President Bush had a reason and to call one a liar, you really have to be calling them both liars.
President Clinton made a quick strike, not because he felt it would be affective but simply because of what is happening right now. He knew the American people did not have the stomach for a prolonged battle, and he did not believe he had the political clout to see it through. One has to wonder though, if he had would things today be different? Would terrorist leaders have believed that we were paper tigers? If we pull out now, with the job almost over will that make us safer? Or will that embolden the terrorist again? However before you answer those questions you really need to think before you tell me again that Bush lied and people died.
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Editors note: This claim is actually untrue. The finding of many WMDs was discussed in this article: The Old Liberal Mind Trick â€œThese Arenâ€™t The WMDâ€™s You Are Looking Forâ€
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