Julie R., Hope Springs Farm
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers since 1981
And Swampy, go back to your link and reread it! I post the portion where they knew going in that the intelligence on Iraq's WMDs was "suspect" at best. I may have been wrong on Gen Powell simply because I haven't kept up with him after he first claimed he was set up to present bad intelligence. However, I am correct in that the invasion was sold to the USA on faulty intelligence that they were well aware of!
“Hitler did not have to destroy democracy; he merely took advantage of the decay of democracy and at the critical moment obtained the support of many to whom, though they detested Hitler, he yet seemed the only man strong enough to get things done.” F. A. Hayek from his book, "The Road To Serfdom".
But, consistent with Gen Powell's comments I have already quoted and those during the time line leading up to the war and all of his comments, taken in full context (he was repeatedly misquoted, after the actual invasion) during and after the war, I know that President Bush and our allies and most of the members in Congress believed that Saddam had WMD's, had used them in the past (this is a fact), and was prepared to use them again. Following the invasion and the fact that we could not find WMD's, the media and Democrats in congress quickly started propagandizing and spinning a story regarding that Bush had prior knowledge. Yet, if you really look at the information available with a critical eye, looking for evidence that Bush lied.... you can find no proof and to top it all off....it is ill logical...as I have point out.
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"We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories,"..... "For those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them."-Junior
Ha, you'll obviously believe anything. I guess I put more faith on the raw intel that I was responsible for processing and communicating to our G-2 division, not some speculation by so called "experts" and political hacks. Until 1995 they had them, they had abandon nothing but facilities that were already out of date or appeared to be abandoned to fool the rest of the world. Unless you want to go deeper with your tin foil hat theory that the Bush conspiracy was on the ground in the low levels of the military and intel communities DURING THE CLINTON administration? By the way Slick Willie professed to Saddam having WMDs all the way up to 2000 as well. Who was fabricating that evidence? Your theories only add up in the tin foil hat circles along with the 9/11 "truthers", you must be a big fan of Jesse Ventura.
I have tried to refrain from posting here but cannot resist.
"One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop WMD and the missiles to deliver them. that is our bottom line." Pres. Bill Clinton Feb. 1998
"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously deminish the threat posed by Iraq's WMD's program". Clinton 1998
"Iraq is a long way from here, 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 Sec. of State 1998
"He will use those WMD's again, as he has ten times sin 1983." Sandy Berger, Clinton Nat. Security Adviser 1998
"We urge you after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the US 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 WMD program." Letter to Pres. Clinton signed by Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry and others 1998
"Sadam Hussein has been engaged in the development of WMD's technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process. Nancy Pelosi 1998
"There is no doubt that Sadda, Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs CONTINUE apace and may be back to pre-Gulf status. In addition, SH 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 US and our allies." Letter to Pres Bush, signed bu Sen Bob Graham (D, FL) and others. Dec. 2001
"We begin with the common belief that SH is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the UN and is building WMD's and the means of delivering them."
"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons ghroughout his country." Al Gore Sept 2002
"It is not a question if SH has WMD"s. It is only a question of WHEN he will use them." Bill Clinton ( this I have no source nor date and is only based on my personal memory.)
All quotes beginning in Feb. 1998 and about 3 years AFTER 1955 when you claim SH destroyed his WMD's, Franco. If you are correct, GWB accomplished an amazing feat in foollig all those who would have had access to US intel. AND HE DID ALL THIS WHILE GOV. OF TX!!!
My source was snopes. Mj, what is your source when accusing GWB of lying?? Just joking with you, knowing you are a lawyer. I must admit that if I had hit someone on a bicycle with my 10,000 lb. Ford 350 and were charged with homicide, I would be happy to have you represent me. For sure you would convince the jury that the person on the bicycle was the attacker, and I wore a white suit and went to prayer meeting on Wed Night.
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