Mar 14, 2006



Dick Cheney - August 26, 2002: "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction."

Secretary of State Colin Powell - September 8, 2002: "There is no doubt that he has chemical weapons stocks… With respect to biological weapons, we are confident that he has some stocks of those weapons and he is probably continuing to try to develop more… With respect to nuclear weapons, we are quite confident that he continues to try to pursue the technology that would allow him to develop a nuclear weapon… So there's no question that he has these weapons, but even more importantly, he is striving to do even more, to get even more."

Donald Rumsfeld - September 8, 2002: "Imagine a September eleventh with weapons of mass destruction. It's not three thousand – it's tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children."

President Bush - October 7, 2002: "The Iraqi regime...possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons. We know that the regime has produced thousands of tons of chemical agents, including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas."

Ari Fleischer, Jan. 9, 2003: "We know for a fact that there are weapons there."

George W. Bush - March 17, 2003: "Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised."

Donald Rumsfeld - May 30, 2003: "If you think -- let me take that, both pieces -- the area in the south and the west and the north that coalition forces control is substantial. It happens not to be the area where weapons of mass destruction were dispersed. We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat."

Deputy Secretary of Defense Wolfowitz (Vanity Fair) - July 2003: "For bureaucratic reasons we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction, because it was the one reason everyone could agree on."

General Myers - June 24, 2003: "And the other part of that is that, you know, you act off intelligence. Intelligence doesn't necessarily mean something is true. It's just – it's intelligence. You know, it's your best estimate of the situation. It doesn't mean it's a fact. I mean, that's not what intelligence is. It's not – they're – and so you make judgements."

Donald Rumsfeld - September 16, 2003 "I have no reason not to believe the intelligence community's intelligence that was presented to us. I believed it when it was presented. I believe it today."

Ari Fleischer - March 21, 2004:"Well, there is no question that we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical particularly...all this will be made clear in the course of the operation, for whatever duration it takes."

Donald Rumsfeld - April 9, 2004: "We still need to find and secure Iraq's weapons of mass destruction facilities and secure Iraq's borders so we can prevent the flow of weapons of mass destruction materials and senior regime officials out of the country."

President Bush - October 6, 2004: "After September the 11th, America had to assess every potential threat in a new light. Our nation awakened to an even greater danger, the prospect that terrorists who killed thousands with hijacked airplanes would kill many more with weapons of mass murder. We had to take a hard look at every place where terrorists might get those weapons. And one regime stood out, the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein."

President Bush - October 27, 2004: "I want to remind the American people, if Senator Kerry had his way, we would still be taking our global test. Saddam Hussein would still be in power. He would control all those weapons and explosives and could have shared them with our terrorist enemies."

President Bush - February 2, 2005: "We are in Iraq to achieve a result. A country that is democratic."

President Bush - March 10, 2006: "And while there's - as I said earlier, there was - no question there was violence and killing, the [Iraqi] society took a step back from the abyss. And people took a sober reflection about what a civil war would mean."


Anonymous said...

shut up you liberal puke.

McCaskey said...

Yes, by all means HM, shut up. It's very difficult thing for this administrations' apologists to deal with, a verbal timeline such as this. Any time you, or anyone else with a voice of reason, uses the very words these people used to justify this insanity against them, it sends them over the edge. Don't you know you're a traitor, un-American, giving aid and comfort to the enemy? Yes, please be quiet, and simply forget all about how we got to this point in one of OUR country's most tragic misadventures.

Stefan Schmidt said...

The administration was hell-bent on war and would have found another excuse if it was not for WMD.

Now the administration has its gun sights on Iran. I predict another costly war both in terms of lives and dollars.

The administration wants war and it has nothing to do with nukes or the comments made by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

historymike said...

(laughs at McCaskey)

historymike said...

Agreed on Iran, Stefan.

Name withheld to protect the guilty said...

I'm very surprised we never found a bunch of WMDs...I believed that Iraq had at least some type of poison gas, probably from reading newspapers in the late 1990s, up until we were actually there and couldn't find any.

Of course, I never believed that Saddam was a threat to the US. Iran, certainly.

Ever notice that conspiracy types frequently give the Bush administration enough credit to organize 9/11, but can't explain why no WMDs were planted in Iraq? Just a thought...

Stephanie said...

As porous as the Iraqi borders were/are, the WMD could have been removed. However, there would probably be some evidence of that that would have intentionally been leaked out, if it were.

Hooda Thunkit said...

I believe that there were WMDs in Iraq that are now somewhere else now, possibly under Syria.

That still doesn't explain the "drift" in the quoted comments.

And, with the WMDs still undiscovered, the drifting of the focus/purpose is logical, despite being badly botched.

Christian Pundits said...

"We must stop Saddam from ever again jeopardizing the stability and security of his neighbors with weapons of mass destruction. ... The chemical weapons Saddam has used and the biological weapons we know he has tested pay no attention to borders and nationalities."
Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Feb 1, 1998

"Those who have questioned the United States in this moment, I would argue, are living only in the moment. They have neither remembered the past, nor imagined the future. So, first, let's just take a step back and consider why meeting the threat posed by Saddam Hussein is important to our security in the new era we are entering. ... 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 Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

"In the 21st century, the community of nations may see more and more of this very kind of threat that Iraq poses now, the rogue state. ... If we fail to respond, Saddam and all those who follow will believe that they can threaten the security of a vital region with impunity. But if we act now as one, we will send a clear message to would-be tyrants and terrorists that we will do what it takes to protect our security and our freedom in this new era. ... He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has 10 times since 1983."
Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

"[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 Sens. 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. ... The responsibility of the United States in this conflict is to eliminate weapons of mass destruction ... I believe in negotiated solutions to international conflict. This is, unfortunately, not going to be the case in this situation where Saddam Hussein has been a repeat offender, ignoring the international community's requirement that he come clean with his weapons program."
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

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Christian Pundits said...

Gee, it seems like as soon as I joined the party everyone else went home.

Was it something I said?

historymike said...

Nah, CP. Everyone's in a funk today.

Kate said...

There's been bad intel all the way down the line on this. It didn't originate in the Bush Whitehouse and I find it hard that Clinton's admin just made it up.

It'd be nice to know how this problem is being fixed....