"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
"[W]e 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 weapons of
mass destruction programs."
- Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI), Tom Daschle (D-SD), John Kerry (D - MA), and others Oct. 9,1998
"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 delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United Statesand our allies."
- Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL,) and others, December 5, 2001
"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 possible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power."
- Al Gore, Sept. 23, 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
"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
"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
Hmm... so if President Bush and Vice President Cheney lied about weapons of mass destruction... does that also mean that Bill Clinton, Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, Bob Graham, Al Gore, Hillary Clinton and just about the entire Democratic party were all in on the conspiracy? Or does it mean that Bush saw the same intelligence that they did and actually decided to act on it rather than indulge in a bunch of useless political rhetoric?
During Vietnam, which lasted from about 1965 until Nixon stopped it in 1975, we lost 58,000 lives. That's 5,800 deaths a year. Vietnam, keep in mind, never attacked us - that war, or conflict, or whatever you want to call it was started in accordance with our policy of Communist containment.
Since the attacks of 9/11, President Bush has liberated two countries, destroyed the Taliban, seriously damaged Al Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Libya, Iran and North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a brutal terrorist dictator who massacred over 300,000 of his own people.
Since May 1st, 2003, we have lost about 900 soldiers. That's roughly 60 deaths a month. Just to compare - there were 39 combat-related deaths in Iraq during January and in the fair city of Detroit, USA, there were 35 murders during January. And all this has been done without suffering another terrorist attack at home.
Thanks to our actions in Iraq, 400,000 kids have immunizations. School attendance is up 80%. 1,500 schools have been renovated. 4.5 million people are drinking clean water for the first time ever. Iraq now receives 2 times the electrical power. 100% of hospitals are open and fully staffed, compared with 35% before the war. Girls are allowed to attend school.
So what does all this mean? I think it means that, once people take a good look at the facts, George W. Bush will be sitting in the White House long after John Kerry has gone back to missing 80% of Senate votes.