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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 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 Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

 

"Iraq is a long way from [the 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

 

"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten 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."

- 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, 1999

 

"There is no doubt that ... Saddam Hussein has invigorated 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 deliver 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, December 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 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

 

"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 destruction."

- 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 weap ons 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 destruction."

- 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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Nice work. Good quotes. I guess that establishes it. Saddam was a bad guy and should not be allowed to acquire WMD.

 

Certainly seems like that was done effectively without a war. What dose this have to do with whether we stay there or not?

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Nice work. Good quotes. I guess that establishes it. Saddam was a bad guy and should not be allowed to acquire WMD.

 

Certainly seems like that was done effectively without a war. What dose this have to do with whether we stay there or not?

nothing

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It looks that way. Especially if GWB insists upon elections there in June. I think he is likely to start talking about withdrawing early in 2005 hoping to win the election. It will take away a big election year issue, negate the issue of Viet Nam service, and faulty intelligence or slanted intelligence about WMD. Should help with the neoconservative base that opposes nation building and has concerns about the budget deficit. May help with conservative Christians that think that a democracy in the middle East goes against Bible prophecy about a divided Jerusalem (they seem to think a democratic Iraq could further peace in Israel and thwart the imminent rapture)

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With $2.50~$3.00/gallon fuel prices expected here in the States this summer, I wonder where all the protestors are that arued it was all about oil. :lol::mrgreen:

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If the Mideast is not about Oil, you will have to explain what it is all about. ;)

 

It has been about oil since we first ever went there, and it is about oil today.

 

If there were no oil, we would pretend like it didn't even exist!

 

If prices go that high, the 2.50 to 3.00 oil prices will be a direct result of the war in Iraq. We will pay the bogus high prices to rebuild a nation our president decided to blow the hell out of. After he stumped and campaigned that we were not in the business of nation building!!!!!!!!!!! Just another lie among the many.

 

By the way Cheneys company is under investigation by the Kuwaties for charging the US military more then double what other oil suppliers are charging. :mrsgreen:

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Ultimately I guess one can draw the conclusion that it was about oil if they accept the fact that we are trying to stabilize the area with stable oil prices and availability being one of the benefits of that.

 

I cannot say for sure that the higher oil prices are the result of the Iraq war, although it appears to be so.

 

Cheney has not been with Halliburton since August 2000 and had previously vowed "I've severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interest. I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind and haven't had, now, for over three years." .

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If the Mideast is not about Oil, you will have to explain what it is all about. ;)

 

It has been about oil since we first ever went there, and it is about oil today.

 

If there were no oil, we would pretend like it didn't even exist!

 

 

Europe sure didnt act that way when oil wasnt needed :P

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We could just decide if we are to pay such high prices for oil....lets just buy domestic oil and at least it would produce more jobs here in US. Couldn't we just say that?

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We could just decide if we are to pay such high prices for oil....lets just buy domestic oil and at least it would produce more jobs here in US. Couldn't we just say that?

we do..but this countries policy is use other countries oil first (since it is a limited supply) and to not drill for new oil sources.

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I'd like to have health insurance and my perscriptions for something less than $12,000.00 a year. I'm sure a new government in Iraq would be cool but I'd rather keep my #%^*! alive than theirs. Call me silly and selfish.

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