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I couldn't agree more with those two statements in particular.I've noted several times that I feel our presence in Iraq is shameful, but I can't put the genie back in the bottle. We're there, for better or worse.
However, the actions of the Philippine government, withdrawing their token force to appease some vile kidnappers, has sent the kidnap rate soaring. I'm sure it wasn't an easy decision, but it was not a good one.
"First, Saxy, I don't recall the Russians giving us intelligence saying Iraq had WMD. I'm not calling anyone dishonest at this point, but it's news to me, and I did try to keep up. Especially since I had such a strong opinion against the actions we took. I remember the administration telling us a lot of things about Iraq that not only did I not believe at the time, but have proven to be either total fabrications or extreme distortions of the truth."
-President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998"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. 17, 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."
-Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 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."
-Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."
-Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."
-Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."
-Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 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. Hillary Clinton (D, NY)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."
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