that Saddam Hussein is dead, a look at what was said by those
who are now some of the biggest critics of the Bush
administration’s action regarding
Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is
clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by
Bill Clinton went to the Pentagon on this occasion to be briefed by top military officials about
"Iraq is a long way from USA 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,
This is a quote from Albright during an appearance at
"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983." -Sandy Berger,
This was at the same
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 Sens.
Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998,
According to the U.S. Senate website, the text of this letter was signed by several Senators, both Democrat and Republican, including Senator John McCain and Joseph Lieberman.
"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,
The text of this statement by Nancy Pelosi is posted on her congressional website.
"There is no doubt that ... Saddam Hussein has invigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue a pace 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 longer-range missiles that will threaten the
The only letter with this quote from December 5, 2001 that we could find did not include the participation of Senator Bob Graham, but it was signed nine other senators including Democrat Joe Lieberman. It urged President Bush to take quicker action against
begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant
and a 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,
These were remarks from Senator Levin to a Senate committee on that date.
know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and
chemical weapons throughout his country.
This and the quote below was part of prepared remarks for a speech in
have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and
developing weapons of mass destruction." -Sen. Ted
Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002,
Part of a speech he gave at Johns Hopkins.
"The last UN weapons inspectors left
On the floor of the Senate during debate over the resolution that would authorize using force against
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,
Kerry's comments were made to the Senate as part of the same
debate over the resolution to use force against Saddam
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,
Senator Rockefeller's statements were a part of the debate over using force against Saddam Hussein.
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,
Senator Waxman's contribution to the Senate debate over going to war.
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,
Senator Clinton acknowledged the threat of Saddam Hussein but said she did not feel that using force at that time was a good option.
"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
-Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan.23.2003,
In a speech to
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