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The Reasons for the Iraqi Front: A Review

Posted by Mark on June 21, 2005

Joe, from The New Oklahoma Democrat, was kind enough to send me this great link. An excellent review of the reasons we went in to Iraq. Ummm, I’m thinking he didn’t see the speech quite the same way I did though… Some of my favorites:

Members of the Congress of both political parties, and members of the United Nations Security Council, agree that Saddam Hussein is a threat to peace and must disarm. We agree that the Iraqi dictator must not be permitted to threaten America and the world with horrible poisons and diseases and gases and atomic weapons.

Members of Congress, and members of the United Nations. All saw Saddam as a grave threat, based on the intelligence all had at the time.

By its past and present actions, by its technological capabilities, by the merciless nature of its regime, Iraq is unique. As a former chief weapons inspector of the U.N. has said, “The fundamental problem with Iraq remains the nature of the regime, itself. Saddam Hussein is a homicidal dictator who is addicted to weapons of mass destruction.”

Based on what we all believed, Saddam posed a grave threat.

And that is the source of our urgent concern about Saddam Hussein’s links to international terrorist groups. Over the years, Iraq has provided safe haven to terrorists such as Abu Nidal, whose terror organization carried out more than 90 terrorist attacks in 20 countries that killed or injured nearly 900 people, including 12 Americans. Iraq has also provided safe haven to Abu Abbas, who was responsible for seizing the Achille Lauro and killing an American passenger. And we know that Iraq is continuing to finance terror and gives assistance to groups that use terrorism to undermine Middle East peace.

We know that Iraq and the al Qaeda terrorist network share a common enemy — the United States of America. We know that Iraq and al Qaeda have had high-level contacts that go back a decade. Some al Qaeda leaders who fled Afghanistan went to Iraq. These include one very senior al Qaeda leader who received medical treatment in Baghdad this year, and who has been associated with planning for chemical and biological attacks. We’ve learned that Iraq has trained al Qaeda members in bomb-making and poisons and deadly gases. And we know that after September the 11th, Saddam Hussein’s regime gleefully celebrated the terrorist attacks on America.

Iraq could decide on any given day to provide a biological or chemical weapon to a terrorist group or individual terrorists. Alliance with terrorists could allow the Iraqi regime to attack America without leaving any fingerprints.

Iraq and Al-Qaeda shared a common enemy: The United States.

Some have argued that confronting the threat from Iraq could detract from the war against terror. To the contrary; confronting the threat posed by Iraq is crucial to winning the war on terror. When I spoke to Congress more than a year ago, I said that those who harbor terrorists are as guilty as the terrorists themselves. Saddam Hussein is harboring terrorists and the instruments of terror, the instruments of mass death and destruction. And he cannot be trusted. The risk is simply too great that he will use them, or provide them to a terror network.

Terror cells and outlaw regimes building weapons of mass destruction are different faces of the same evil. Our security requires that we confront both. And the United States military is capable of confronting both.

Those who harbor terrorists are as guilty as the terrorists themselves. Saddam could not be trusted.

Many people have asked how close Saddam Hussein is to developing a nuclear weapon. Well, we don’t know exactly, and that’s the problem.

We don’t know exactly. We didn’t know. We….Didn’t….Know. And Saddam was playing dangerous games with the UN inspectors, ensuring we didn’t know.

Some citizens wonder, after 11 years of living with this problem, why do we need to confront it now? And there’s a reason. We’ve experienced the horror of September the 11th. We have seen that those who hate America are willing to crash airplanes into buildings full of innocent people. Our enemies would be no less willing, in fact, they would be eager, to use biological or chemical, or a nuclear weapon.

Knowing these realities, America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof — the smoking gun — that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud. As President Kennedy said in October of 1962, “Neither the United States of America, nor the world community of nations can tolerate deliberate deception and offensive threats on the part of any nation, large or small. We no longer live in a world,” he said, “where only the actual firing of weapons represents a sufficient challenge to a nations security to constitute maximum peril.”

Finally, a Democrat willing to speak the truth. Are there none left in JFK’s party. I fear the answer is no.

And these resolutions are clear. In addition to declaring and destroying all of its weapons of mass destruction, Iraq must end its support for terrorism. It must cease the persecution of its civilian population. It must stop all illicit trade outside the Oil For Food program. It must release or account for all Gulf War personnel, including an American pilot, whose fate is still unknown.

By taking these steps, and by only taking these steps, the Iraqi regime has an opportunity to avoid conflict.

An opportunity to avoid conflict. Why didn’t Saddam take advantage of this opportunity? Perhaps he did not believe there were enough Americans willing to act on the words of a long dead Democrat President. He was wrong.

Failure to act would embolden other tyrants, allow terrorists access to new weapons and new resources, and make blackmail a permanent feature of world events. The United Nations would betray the purpose of its founding, and prove irrelevant to the problems of our time. And through its inaction, the United States would resign itself to a future of fear.

That is not the America I know. That is not the America I serve. We refuse to live in fear. (Applause.) This nation, in world war and in Cold War, has never permitted the brutal and lawless to set history’s course. Now, as before, we will secure our nation, protect our freedom, and help others to find freedom of their own.

Failure to act. Emboldening other tyrants, like Libya’s Kaddafi. That didn’t happen. Because the President refused to live in fear.

America believes that all people are entitled to hope and human rights, to the non-negotiable demands of human dignity. People everywhere prefer freedom to slavery; prosperity to squalor; self-government to the rule of terror and torture. America is a friend to the people of Iraq. Our demands are directed only at the regime that enslaves them and threatens us. When these demands are met, the first and greatest benefit will come to Iraqi men, women and children. The oppression of Kurds, Assyrians, Turkomans, Shi’a, Sunnis and others will be lifted. The long captivity of Iraq will end, and an era of new hope will begin.

The first and greatest benefit. Self government. Liberty. The long captivity did end, though some in the Democrat party apparently prefer it continued.

The attacks of September the 11th showed our country that vast oceans no longer protect us from danger. Before that tragic date, we had only hints of al Qaeda’s plans and designs. Today in Iraq, we see a threat whose outlines are far more clearly defined, and whose consequences could be far more deadly. Saddam Hussein’s actions have put us on notice, and there is no refuge from our responsibilities.

No refuge from our responsibilities. Those words ring with a renewed clarity, as we see the people of Iraq stand on their own two feet, even as the bombs from the terrorists fall around them. Ask them if they want to return to the prison Saddam and his sons built for them. Ask them if the cost is too high. Ask the American soldiers who are building roads and schools, indeed, ask the American soldier who is helping to build a new Democracy in place of Saddam’s nationwide torture chamber.

*Source: White House Press release: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/10/20021007-8.html

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The Downing Street Memo: Originals Destroyed?

Posted by Mark on June 21, 2005

Does this sound familiar to anyone else?

The Associated Press has put typed copies of six recently obtained internal British government documents concerning the lead-up to the war in Iraq on its website which are labeled “secret” or “confidential. The copies were provided by British reporter Michael Smith, who claims he destroyed the original documents to protect the sources. An anonymous senior British official said the documents appeared authentic.

The originals were destroyed?!?!? Not that I’m skeptical or anything. I mean, no one in the mainstream media would do a story on the eve of a national election with forged documents. They would carefully check their sources, and would most certainly not run anything that wasn’t carefully vetted, wouldn’t they? Wouldn’t they? Anybody? They wouldn’t do that….again.

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A Democrat Finally Calls For Durbin Apology

Posted by Mark on June 21, 2005

And it’s Richard M. Daley, Chicago’s Mayor for life. Will any other Democrat have the courage to do the same thing?
Update: Senator Dick gave a tearful apology for his stupidity on the Senate floor today. Amazing that it took so long for him to do this. Guess he was tired of his phone lines and email being unusable.

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The Reasons for the Iraqi Front: A Review

Posted by Mark on June 21, 2005

Joe, from The New Oklahoma Democrat, was kind enough to send me this great link. An excellent review of the reasons we went in to Iraq. Ummm, I’m thinking he didn’t see the speech quite the same way I did though… Some of my favorites:

Members of the Congress of both political parties, and members of the United Nations Security Council, agree that Saddam Hussein is a threat to peace and must disarm. We agree that the Iraqi dictator must not be permitted to threaten America and the world with horrible poisons and diseases and gases and atomic weapons.

Members of Congress, and members of the United Nations. All saw Saddam as a grave threat, based on the intelligence all had at the time.

By its past and present actions, by its technological capabilities, by the merciless nature of its regime, Iraq is unique. As a former chief weapons inspector of the U.N. has said, “The fundamental problem with Iraq remains the nature of the regime, itself. Saddam Hussein is a homicidal dictator who is addicted to weapons of mass destruction.”

Based on what we all believed, Saddam posed a grave threat.

And that is the source of our urgent concern about Saddam Hussein’s links to international terrorist groups. Over the years, Iraq has provided safe haven to terrorists such as Abu Nidal, whose terror organization carried out more than 90 terrorist attacks in 20 countries that killed or injured nearly 900 people, including 12 Americans. Iraq has also provided safe haven to Abu Abbas, who was responsible for seizing the Achille Lauro and killing an American passenger. And we know that Iraq is continuing to finance terror and gives assistance to groups that use terrorism to undermine Middle East peace.

We know that Iraq and the al Qaeda terrorist network share a common enemy — the United States of America. We know that Iraq and al Qaeda have had high-level contacts that go back a decade. Some al Qaeda leaders who fled Afghanistan went to Iraq. These include one very senior al Qaeda leader who received medical treatment in Baghdad this year, and who has been associated with planning for chemical and biological attacks. We’ve learned that Iraq has trained al Qaeda members in bomb-making and poisons and deadly gases. And we know that after September the 11th, Saddam Hussein’s regime gleefully celebrated the terrorist attacks on America.

Iraq could decide on any given day to provide a biological or chemical weapon to a terrorist group or individual terrorists. Alliance with terrorists could allow the Iraqi regime to attack America without leaving any fingerprints.

Iraq and Al-Qaeda shared a common enemy: The United States.

Some have argued that confronting the threat from Iraq could detract from the war against terror. To the contrary; confronting the threat posed by Iraq is crucial to winning the war on terror. When I spoke to Congress more than a year ago, I said that those who harbor terrorists are as guilty as the terrorists themselves. Saddam Hussein is harboring terrorists and the instruments of terror, the instruments of mass death and destruction. And he cannot be trusted. The risk is simply too great that he will use them, or provide them to a terror network.

Terror cells and outlaw regimes building weapons of mass destruction are different faces of the same evil. Our security requires that we confront both. And the United States military is capable of confronting both.

Those who harbor terrorists are as guilty as the terrorists themselves. Saddam could not be trusted.

Many people have asked how close Saddam Hussein is to developing a nuclear weapon. Well, we don’t know exactly, and that’s the problem.

We don’t know exactly. We didn’t know. We….Didn’t….Know. And Saddam was playing dangerous games with the UN inspectors, ensuring we didn’t know.

Some citizens wonder, after 11 years of living with this problem, why do we need to confront it now? And there’s a reason. We’ve experienced the horror of September the 11th. We have seen that those who hate America are willing to crash airplanes into buildings full of innocent people. Our enemies would be no less willing, in fact, they would be eager, to use biological or chemical, or a nuclear weapon.

Knowing these realities, America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof — the smoking gun — that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud. As President Kennedy said in October of 1962, “Neither the United States of America, nor the world community of nations can tolerate deliberate deception and offensive threats on the part of any nation, large or small. We no longer live in a world,” he said, “where only the actual firing of weapons represents a sufficient challenge to a nations security to constitute maximum peril.”

Finally, a Democrat willing to speak the truth. Are there none left in JFK’s party. I fear the answer is no.

And these resolutions are clear. In addition to declaring and destroying all of its weapons of mass destruction, Iraq must end its support for terrorism. It must cease the persecution of its civilian population. It must stop all illicit trade outside the Oil For Food program. It must release or account for all Gulf War personnel, including an American pilot, whose fate is still unknown.

By taking these steps, and by only taking these steps, the Iraqi regime has an opportunity to avoid conflict.

An opportunity to avoid conflict. Why didn’t Saddam take advantage of this opportunity? Perhaps he did not believe there were enough Americans willing to act on the words of a long dead Democrat President. He was wrong.

Failure to act would embolden other tyrants, allow terrorists access to new weapons and new resources, and make blackmail a permanent feature of world events. The United Nations would betray the purpose of its founding, and prove irrelevant to the problems of our time. And through its inaction, the United States would resign itself to a future of fear.

That is not the America I know. That is not the America I serve. We refuse to live in fear. (Applause.) This nation, in world war and in Cold War, has never permitted the brutal and lawless to set history’s course. Now, as before, we will secure our nation, protect our freedom, and help others to find freedom of their own.

Failure to act. Emboldening other tyrants, like Libya’s Kaddafi. That didn’t happen. Because the President refused to live in fear.

America believes that all people are entitled to hope and human rights, to the non-negotiable demands of human dignity. People everywhere prefer freedom to slavery; prosperity to squalor; self-government to the rule of terror and torture. America is a friend to the people of Iraq. Our demands are directed only at the regime that enslaves them and threatens us. When these demands are met, the first and greatest benefit will come to Iraqi men, women and children. The oppression of Kurds, Assyrians, Turkomans, Shi’a, Sunnis and others will be lifted. The long captivity of Iraq will end, and an era of new hope will begin.

The first and greatest benefit. Self government. Liberty. The long captivity did end, though some in the Democrat party apparently prefer it continued.

The attacks of September the 11th showed our country that vast oceans no longer protect us from danger. Before that tragic date, we had only hints of al Qaeda’s plans and designs. Today in Iraq, we see a threat whose outlines are far more clearly defined, and whose consequences could be far more deadly. Saddam Hussein’s actions have put us on notice, and there is no refuge from our responsibilities.

No refuge from our responsibilities. Those words ring with a renewed clarity, as we see the people of Iraq stand on their own two feet, even as the bombs from the terrorists fall around them. Ask them if they want to return to the prison Saddam and his sons built for them. Ask them if the cost is too high. Ask the American soldiers who are building roads and schools, indeed, ask the American soldier who is helping to build a new Democracy in place of Saddam’s nationwide torture chamber.

*Source: White House Press release: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/10/20021007-8.html

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The Downing Street Memo: Originals Destroyed?

Posted by Mark on June 21, 2005

Does this sound familiar to anyone else?

The Associated Press has put typed copies of six recently obtained internal British government documents concerning the lead-up to the war in Iraq on its website which are labeled “secret” or “confidential. The copies were provided by British reporter Michael Smith, who claims he destroyed the original documents to protect the sources. An anonymous senior British official said the documents appeared authentic.

The originals were destroyed?!?!? Not that I’m skeptical or anything. I mean, no one in the mainstream media would do a story on the eve of a national election with forged documents. They would carefully check their sources, and would most certainly not run anything that wasn’t carefully vetted, wouldn’t they? Wouldn’t they? Anybody? They wouldn’t do that….again.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

A Democrat Finally Calls For Durbin Apology

Posted by Mark on June 21, 2005

And it’s Richard M. Daley, Chicago’s Mayor for life. Will any other Democrat have the courage to do the same thing?
Update: Senator Dick gave a tearful apology for his stupidity on the Senate floor today. Amazing that it took so long for him to do this. Guess he was tired of his phone lines and email being unusable.

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