Thursday, November 17, 2005

Al Gore

We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."
September 23, 2002

Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.
Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

Even if we give first priority to the destruction of terrorist networks, and even if we succeed, there are still governments that could bring us great harm. And there is a clear case that one of these governments in particular represents a virulent threat in a class by itself: Iraq. As far as I am concerned, a final reckoning with that government should be on the table.”
February 12, 2002
Remarks to the US Council on Foreign Relations

We need national resolve and unity, not weakness and division when we're involved, engaged in an action against someone like Saddam Hussein, who is trying to get weapons of mass destruction and threaten his neighbors...[I]f you allow someone like Saddam Hussein to get nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, chemical weapons, biological weapons, how many people is he going to kill with such weapons? He's already demonstrated a willingness to use these weapons; he poison gassed his own people. He used poison gas and other weapons of mass destruction against his neighbors. This man has no compunctions about killing lots and lots of people."
December 16, 1998
On Larry King Live

Campaigning in 1992

It was an Iraq-based group that mastermindedthe assassination attempt against Israel's ambassador to the UK, which occurred in June 1982...

The Reagan/Bush Administration was also prepared to overlook the factthat the terrorist who masterminded the attack on the Achille Lauroand the savage murder of American Leon Klinghoffer fled with Iraqiassistance. Nor did it matter that the team of terrorists who setout to blow up the Rome airport came from Baghdad with suitcasebombs...

Within days of the end of the Iran-Iraq War, Saddam Hussein--seeing that he had gotten away with using poison gas against the Kurdspreviously--launched additional major gas attacks on them. The war was over, and he was determined to settle accounts. Saddam's attacks created, in addition to the wave of deaths, a flight of about a halfmillion Kurdish refugees...

In April 1989, a nuclear proliferation expert from the Department of Energy reported
intelligence indicators that Iraq had a crash program underway to build an atomic bomb. In June, the Defense Intelligence Agency reported that Iraq was running a major European network to procure military goods that were not supposed to be sold...

Most significant of all...the CIA reported to Secretary of State James Baker and other top Bush administrationofficials that Iraq was clandestinely procuring nuclear weapons technology through a global network of front companies...

March, 1990, brought no improvement, when US and British agents arrested several Iraqis in the act of trying to smuggle nuclear triggering devices into Iraq. In April, Saddam Hussein issued his infamous threat to burn up half of Israel with chemical weapons. Still, Bush (Senior) toadied up to Saddam...

May arrives, and a terrorist attack on the public beaches of Tel Aviv was launched and thwarted. It was planned by a Palestinian group operating openly in Baghdad...

Incredibly, immediately following the war, President Bush reverted to form. At President Bush's encouragement, an armed resistance to Saddam Hussein sprang up in Iraq. But at the critical moment, it was George Bush's decision to betray that resistance by tolerating Saddam Hussein's use of attack helicopters to put down the rebellions. That was a clear violation of the terms of the cease fire, and it was a violation we had more than enough power to suppress. Had we insisted on the terms of the ceasefire, there would have been a much better chance that today we would not be facing Saddam Hussein in power...

We require a fresh approach from a new leader of vigor and high intelligence, of courage and vision, who believes to the core that the enemies of freedom cannot be anything but the enemies of our country. I think that the people of the United States have and will take the opportunity to select such a leader. Bill Clinton is that man.

September 29, 1992
Speech to Center for National Policy
You can watch excerpts from that speech here:
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