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Originally posted by lmgnyc
Kerry stated (and has always stated) that there were certain conditions that needed to be met before going to war--letting the inpectors finish their jobs, exhausting diplomatic means, forming a coalition with our allies, planning for the peace, and then going to war as a last resort. Kerry wrote an Op/Ed piece in the Times in September of 2002 stating these points exactly, so its not as if he made this up last night.
The first was that the inspectors needed time to do their jobs. When it became clear that they didn't find nuclear weapons, I think that the course of action would have been much different--forming a coalition of nations wouldn't have even entered into the picture. When Kerry talks about Bush misleading, it is because he had no intention of following a diplomatic course and he did not make good on his promise to go to war as a last resort--his intention was clearly to go to war immediately.
Originally posted by slank
BUSH WAS NOT ELECTED TO FREE IRAQ.
He was elected to protect defend and enable this nation to be more prosperous and a good global citizen.
HE WAS ELECTED TO GET TERRORIST LEADERS LIKE OSAMA BIN LADEN, NOT GET SIDETRACKED IN IRAQ.
BUSH HAS FAILED!
NOT to invade a stable virtually weaponless country and turn it into a hotbed of terrorism.
"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear," Clinton said. "We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program. We want to seriously reduce his capacity to threaten his neighbors."
February 1, 1998
Web posted at: 9:44 a.m. EDT (0944 GMT)
(CNN) -- The United States is prepared to use "substantial" force against Iraq if diplomatic efforts fail to resolve the crisis over U.N. weapons inspections, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Sunday.
"We must stop Saddam from ever again jeopardizing the stability and security of his neighbors with weapons of mass destruction," Albright said Sunday, addressing a news conference in Jerusalem.
"The chemical weapons Saddam has used and the biological weapons we know he has tested pay no attention to borders and nationalities."
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Facing tough questions from America's heartland, the Clinton administration's foreign policy team tried to make the case Wednesday for U.S. military action against Iraq.
"The lesson of the 20th century is, and we've learned through harsh experience, the only answer to aggression and outlaw behavior is firmness," Berger said.
"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has 10 times since 1983," Berger said.
JOHN F. KERRY KNOWS IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE INDIGENOUS POPULATION ON YOUR SIDE THE BATTLE IS ALMOST HOPELESS OVER THE LONG TERM.