War Hawks: The Democrats on the Iraq War

So recently I ran across a bunch of these quotes around the internet, and I wanted to share them with you. What stunned me about them was not so much their content, but their speakers. I checked them out and they are apparently all real. Kind of makes you wonder how any of these prominent Democrats can claim that George Bush “lied”  to the American people about the presence of WMD’s when we went into Iraq…

“One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq
the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver
them. That is our bottom line.”

–President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

“If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our
purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s
weapons of mass destruction program.”

–President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 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, Feb 18, 1998

“He will use those weapons of mass destruction again,
as he has ten times since 1983.”

–Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18,

“[W]e 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:

— Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry,
and others, Oct. 9, 1998

“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

“Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building
weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”

— Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10,

“There is no doubt that … Saddam Hussein has
reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical
and nuclear programs continue apace 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 United States and our allies.”

Letter to President Bush, Signed by:

— Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), and others, Dec 5, 2001

“We 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 mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction
and th! e means of delivering them.”

— Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002

“We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological
and chemical weapons throughout his country.”

— Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

“Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has
proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as
long as Saddam is in power.”

— Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

“We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is
seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.”

— Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

“The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of
1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical
and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to
build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports
indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons…”

— Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

“I 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

“There 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

— Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

“He 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

“In 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

“We are in possession of what I think to be compelling
evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a
developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass

— Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002

“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 America’s response to his continued
deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction … So the
threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real…”

— Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003

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