posted on Oct, 12 2004 @ 06:02 PM
Bush 1st debate: Iraq wasn’t a diversion from the war on terror
Military experts believe that the “first front in the war on terror, Afghanistan, was left to fester, as attention and money were drained to Iraq.”
It is hard to find a counter-terrorism expert who does believes that the Iraq War reduced rather than increased the threat to the U.S. (Fallows,
“Bush’s Lost Year: How the War on Iraq Undermined the War on Terror”, Atlantic Monthly, 10.04)
Bush GOP Convention: Because of the Iraq war, Americans and the world are safer.
“Among national-security professionals . . . one view prevails: [the war] has increased the threats America faces and has reduced the military,
financial and diplomatic tools with which we can respond.” (Fallows, “Bush’s Lost Year: How the War on Iraq Undermined the War on Terror”, Atlantic
Bush Campaign: We gave [Saddam] a last chance; he ignored the last chance. And then I had a choice to make: take the word of a madman, forget
the lessons of September the 11th, or do what's necessary to defend this country.
Bush didn't have to listen to the "words of a madman" to know Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction. In February 2001, the CIA delivered
a report to the White House that said: "We do not have any direct evidence that Iraq has used the period since Desert Fox to reconstitute its weapons
of mass destruction programs." (CIA, 2001)
In February 2001, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Saddam Hussein "has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass
destruction." (State Department, 2/24/01) In 2002, the Defense Intelligence Agency submitted a report to the administration finding "no reliable
information" to prove Iraq was producing or stockpiling chemical weapons. (DIA, 2002)
Bush 2nd debate:
I remember sitting in the White House looking at those generals, saying, "Do you have what you need in this war? Do you have what it takes?”
I remember going down to the basement of the White House the day we committed our troops as last resort, looking at Tommy Franks and the generals on
the ground, asking them, "Do we have the right plan with the right troop level?"
And they looked me in the eye and said, "Yes, sir, Mr. President." Of course, I listen to our generals. That's what a president does. A president
sets the strategy and relies upon good military people to execute that strategy
SENIOR OFFICIALS INCLUDING ERIC SHINSEKI AND PAUL BREMER SAID WE NEEDED MORE TROOPS
Bremer: “We Never Had Enough Troops.” In recent days, former Coalition Provisional Authority Administrator L. Paul Bremer 3rd has repeatedly
criticized the Bush Administration for failing to send enough troops to keep order in Iraq. “We never had enough troops on the ground,” Bremer said.
In mid-September, Bremer stated that “the single most important change -- the one thing that would have improved the situation -- would have been
having more troops in Iraq at the beginning and throughout,” and said that “although I raised [the need for more troops] a number of times with our
government, I should have been even more insistent.” [Associated Press, 10/5/04; Paul Bremer Remarks, DePaul University, 9/16/04]
Bremer’s Comments Echo Gen. Eric Shinseki’s Estimate that “Several Hundred Thousand” Troops Would Be Needed for a Postwar Occupation of Iraq; Shinseki
Made “Lame Duck” For Criticizing Administration Iraq Policy. “More than a year ago then Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki told Congress the
occupation of Iraq would require 'several hundred thousand' troops. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz called that estimate 'wildly off the
mark.' The Pentagon leaked the name of Shinseki's replacement months before his scheduled retirement, rendering him a lame duck.” [UPI, 4/12/04]
Bush VP debate: I have not suggested there's a connection between Iraq and 9/11
Question: "The Washington Post asked the American people about Saddam Hussein, and this is what they said: 69 percent said he was involved in the
September 11 attacks. Are you surprised by that?"
Cheney: No. I think it's not surprising that people make that connection." [NBC, Meet the Press, 11/14/03]
Cheney: "If we're successful in Iraq, if we can stand up a good representative government in Iraq, that secures the region so that it never again
becomes a threat to its neighbors or to the United States, so it's not pursuing weapons of mass destruction, so that it's not a safe haven for
terrorists, now we will have struck a major blow right at the heart of the base, if you will, the geographic base of the terrorists who have had us
under assault now for many years, but most especially on 9/11." [NBC, "Meet The Press," 9/14/03, emphasis added
Fact George Bush is a liar