3. "Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal
weapons ever devised." And, "[Saddam Hussein is] a threat because he is dealing with al Qaeda." These two Bush remarks go hand in hand, even though
the first was said on March 17, 2003, two days before Bush launched the invasion of Iraq, and the other came during a November 7, 2002, press
conference. Together they represented his argument for war: Hussein possessed actual weapons of mass destruction and at any moment could hand them to
his supposed partners in al Qaeda. That is why Hussein was an immediate threat to the United States and had to be taken out quickly. But neither of
these assertions were truthful. There has been much media debate over all this. But the postwar statements of Richard Kerr, a former deputy director
of the CIA, provide the most compelling proof. He has been conducting a review of the prewar intelligence, and he has told reporters that the
intelligence on Hussein’s WMDs was full of caveats and qualifiers and based mostly on inferential or circumstantial evidence. In other words, it was
not no-doubt material. He also has said that prewar intelligence reports did not contain evidence of links between Hussein and al Qaeda. The best
information to date indicates that the prewar intelligence did not leave "no doubt" about WMDs and did not support Bush’s claim that Hussein was in
cahoots with al Qaeda. Bush’s primary reason for war was founded on falsehoods
2. "We found the weapons of mass destruction." Bush issued this triumphant remark in late May 2003, while being interviewed by a Polish television
reporter. He was referring to two tractor-trailers obtained by U.S. forces in Iraq. The CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency had concluded these
vehicles were mobile bio-weapons plants. Yet they had found not a trace of biological agents on either. (And no bio-weapon facility could be scrubbed
completely clean.) In subsequent weeks, it turned out that State Department analysts and even DIA engineering experts—as well as outside experts—did
not accept the CIA and DIA conclusion, and some of these doubters believed the explanation of Iraqis who claimed the trucks were built to produce
hydrogen for weather balloons. Whichever side might be ultimately right about the trailers, this all-important piece of evidence was hotly contested.
It was hardly solid enough to support Bush’s we-found-them declaration or to justify a war.
We know for a fact that there are weapons there.
- White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, press briefing, Jan. 9, 2003
We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons - the very weapons the dictator
tells us he does not have.
- George W. Bush, radio address, Feb. 8, 2003
ntelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal
weapons ever devised.
- George W. Bush, address to the U.S., March 17, 2003
Well, there is no question that we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical particularly…..All
this will be made clear in the course of the operation, for whatever duration it takes.
- White House spokesman Ari Fleisher, press briefing, March 21, 2003
There is no doubt that the regime of Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction. And….as this operation continues, those weapons will be
identified, found, along with the people who have produced them and who guard them.
- Gen. Tommy Franks, press conference, March 22, 2003
One of our top objectives is to find and destroy the WMD. There are a number of sites.
- Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clark, press briefing, March 22, 2003
We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south, and north somewhat.
- Donald Rumsfeld, ABC interview, March 30, 2003
We'll find them. It'll be a matter of time to do so.
- George W. Bush, remarks to reporters, May 3, 2003
I'm absolutely sure that there are weapons of mass destruction there and the evidence will be forthcoming. We're just getting it just now.
- Colin Powell, remarks to reporters, May 4, 2003
We said what we said because we meant it…..We continue to have confidence that WMD will be found.
- White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, press briefing, May 7, 2003
I don't believe anyone that I know in the administration ever said that Iraq had nuclear weapons [SEE NEXT QUOTE].
- Donald Rumsfeld, Senate appropriations subcommittee on defense hearing, May 14, 2003
We believe [Hussein] has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.
- Dick Cheney, NBC's Meet the Press, March 16, 2003
Intelligence “analysts never said there was an imminent threat" from Iraq before the war.
- CIA Director George Tenet, speech, Feb. 5, 2004
Powells Speech at UN
Nobody can keep a story straight, the 9-11 commission, which GW put together, I believe (could be wrong), said there is no credible link to Al-Qaeda
and Iraq. Where are all these stockpiles of WMD at? They have all this surveilance and all of a sudden it's gone? Kofi Anin has staed that Iraq was
not in possesion of WMD's. The UN inspectors failed to find anything. If they were moved out, I believe they would have been under heavy surveilance
and caught. Things like this just do not dissappear. Over a year later and still nothing.
Don't try to tell me that Iraq was a bigger threat than Iran and North Korea These two have Publicily Claimed their intrest in WMD's. Saddam has not
done Shizzle since the end of the Gulf War I.
Show me where all these WMD's are. You can't because there isn't any. With "Al-Qaeda" now operating in Iraq, wouldn't the urge to find them
before they do seem un-questionable? Look, The Admin. claimed they had them, produced 'figures' on what they had, had photos of where they were, and
They can not seem to find them. I'm going by what "They" told us, and so far it does not add up in my mind.
Your source of info comes from an Anti-Democrat site, IMO. I have posted some from Anti-Bush sites. So please do not pick at sources, just information
that is contained perpurtuating towards "Truth".
I do not claim any Side as far as politics, To Quote Chris Rock: "There are some things I'm Liberal about, there are some things I'm Conservative
Do I think Bush is an Idiot? YES
I do not care what Party People run with, I want someone who will make it better.
I do give GW credit for sticking to his "Guns". Wether I believe in his principals behind it.
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