Bush didn’t lie about Saddam’s intent
The following excerpts are from a speech the president gave a while back:
“Earlier today, I ordered America’s armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces. Their mission is to attack Iraq’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors. Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons. Other countries possess weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles. With Saddam, there is one big difference: He has used them. Not once, but repeatedly. Unleashing chemical weapons against Iranian troops during a decade-long war. Not only against soldiers, but against civilians, firing Scud missiles at the citizens of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Iran. And not only against a foreign enemy, but even against his own people, gassing Kurdish civilians in Northern Iraq. The international community had little doubt then, and I have no doubt today, that left unchecked Saddam Hussein will use these terrible weapons again [. . .] The best way to end that threat once and for all is with a new Iraqi government — a government ready to live in peace with its neighbors, a government that respects the rights of its people. Bringing change in Baghdad will take time and effort [. . .]”
These words did not come from President Bush’s mouth. They came from President Bill Clinton’s mouth in a speech he gave from the Oval Office on Dec. 16, 1998, after he ordered attacks on Iraq. So was it a lie when he said Saddam had WMDs and posed a threat?
I’m so sick of the politically stupid repeating the mantra that Bush lied. Bill Clinton and George Bush looked at the same information and used that information to come to the same conclusion: Saddam had WMDs, he was a threat, and the best way to eliminate the threat was to change the Iraqi government. The only difference is that George Bush actually had the courage and conviction to do it.
And now that we’re there we’d better finish the job. If we “cut-and-run” we send a dangerous message to a religion that wants us all dead. Withdrawal and defeat will be like offering our throat to the wolf. And you’d better believe that the wolf will take advantage of it. Wayne A. Bush Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania