Bush didn’t lie about Sad­dam’s in­tent

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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