Democrats Then And Now On Iraq War Intel

This may be the the first time that I’ve run a press release as actual content, but this latest piece of research that the RNC sent out is just too devastatingly good to ignore. It’s called,

“Democrats Then And Now On Iraq War Intel. Before Iraq War Democrats Agreed Saddam Hussein Had Weapons Of Mass Destruction; Now Democrats Criticize Intelligence For Political Gain.”

Enjoy!

SENATE MINORITY LEADER HARRY REID (D-NV) THEN AND NOW ON IRAQ

Sen. Reid’s Prewar Statements:

Sen. Reid: “Saddam Hussein, in effect, has thumbed his nose at the world community. And I think that the President’s approaching this in the right fashion.” (CNN’s “Inside Politics,” 9/18/02)

Sen. Reid In 2005:

Sen. Reid: “[T]he Bush Administration manipulated and cherry-picked intelligence to hype the threat.” (Sen. Harry Reid, “Sen. Reid: Democrats Offer A Way Forward In Iraq,” Press Release, 11/15/05)

HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI (D-CA) THEN AND NOW ON IRAQ

Rep. Pelosi’s Prewar Statements:

Rep. Pelosi: “[S]addam Hussein certainly has chemical and biological weapons. There’s no question about that.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 11/17/02)

Rep. Pelosi In 2005:

Fox News’ Neil Cavuto: “[B]ack on November 17, 2002, you did say: ‘Saddam Hussein certainly has chemical and biological weapons. There’s no question about that.'” Pelosi: “That’s right. And what I said was, but that is not an imminent threat to the United States or a cause for war …” (Fox News’ “Your World,” 11/16/05)

SEN. HILLARY CLINTON (D-NY) THEN & NOW ON IRAQ

Sen. Clinton’s Prewar Statements:

Sen. Clinton: “I can support the President, I can support an action against Saddam Hussein because I think it’s in the long-term interests of our national security …” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 9/15/02)

Sen. Clinton In 2005:

Sen. Clinton: “[T]his Administration was either not being honest with the American people or did not know what was going on in Iraq.” (Sen. Hillary Clinton, Letter, 11/29/05)

SEN. JOHN KERRY (D-MA) THEN & NOW ON IRAQ

Sen. Kerry’s Prewar Statements:

Sen. Kerry: “[I] think we clearly have to keep the pressure on terrorism globally. This doesn’t end with Afghanistan by any imagination. And I think the president has made that clear. I think we have made that clear. Terrorism is a global menace. It’s a scourge. And it is absolutely vital that we continue, for instance, Saddam Hussein.” (CNN’s “Larry King Live,” 12/14/01)

Sen. Kerry In 2005:

Sen. Kerry: “This was a war of choice. It was a choice and it was a bad choice.” (MSNBC’s “Imus In The Morning,” 12/9/05)

DNC CHAIRMAN HOWARD DEAN THEN & NOW ON IRAQ

Chairman Dean’s Prewar Statements:

DNC Chairman Howard Dean: “There’s no question that Saddam Hussein is a threat to the United States and to our allies. … [I]f Saddam persists in thumbing his nose at the inspectors, then we’re clearly going to have to do something about it.” (CBS’ “Face The Nation,” 9/29/02)

Chairman Dean In 2005:

Chairman Dean: “Saddam Hussein was never a threat to the United States.” (MSNBC’s “Hardball,” 6/29/05)

SEN. BARBARA BOXER (D-CA) THEN AND NOW ON IRAQ

Sen. Boxer’s Prewar Statements:

Sen. Boxer: “The weapons they [Iraq] have are a threat to the world. And Mr. President, the world must respond.” (Sen. Barbara Boxer, Congressional Record, 10/10/02, p. S10253)

Sen. Boxer In 2005:

Sen. Boxer: “Iraq was a war of choice, not a war of necessity.” (Sen. Barbara Boxer, Remarks At The Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, CA, 7/6/05)

SEN. JOSEPH BIDEN (D-DE) THEN & NOW ON IRAQ

Sen. Biden’s Prewar Statements:

Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE): “It would be unrealistic, if not downright foolish, to believe we can claim victory in the war on terrorism and a more secure world if Saddam Hussein is still in power five years from now, at least acting as he has the last five years.” (Sen. Joe Biden, Remarks At Center For Strategic And International Studies Forum, Washington, D.C., 2/4/02)

Sen. Biden In 2005:

Sen. Biden: “[The Administration was] wrong about every single thing about Iraq.” (MSNBC’s “Imus In The Morning,” 12/5/05)

SEN. TED KENNEDY (D-MA) THEN & NOW ON IRAQ

Sen. Kennedy’s Prewar Statements:

Sen. Kennedy: “Saddam Hussein is a dangerous figure. He’s got dangerous weapons.” (CBS’ “Face The Nation,” 10/6/02)

Sen. Kennedy In 2005:

Sen. Kennedy: “The President wrongly and repeatedly insisted that it was too dangerous to ignore the weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Saddam Hussein and his ties to Al Quida.” (Sen. Ted Kennedy, Floor Statement, 11/10/05)

REP. HAROLD FORD (D-TN) THEN & NOW ON IRAQ

Rep. Ford’s Prewar Statements:

Rep. Ford: “For anyone to suggest or pretend that Saddam Hussein is not a threat or a menace, I think he or she is fooling himself or herself, and is misleading the nation.” (MSNBC’s “Buchanan & Press,” 10/8/02)

Rep. Ford In 2004:

Rep. Ford: “The President came before the Congress and laid out explicitly a case for going to war with Iraq because of progressions of weapons of mass destruction. Turned out he didn’t know what he was talking about.” (CNBC’s “Capital Report,” 7/27/04)

SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV) THEN & NOW ON IRAQ

Sen. Rockefeller’s Prewar Statements:

Sen. Rockefeller: “[W]e can no longer afford to wait around for a smoking gun.” (Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Congressional Record, 10/10/02, p. S10306)

Sen. Rockefeller In 2005:

Sen. Rockefeller: “I thought [President Bush] distinctly misled the American people into doing something which the American People now, I think, about 2:1 are against doing.” (NBC’s “NBC Nightly News,” 11/13/05)

SEN. RUSS FEINGOLD (D-WI) THEN & NOW ON IRAQ

Sen. Feingold’s Prewar Statements:

Sen. Feingold: “Saddam Hussein’s refusal to allow access to inspection sites had to be answered.” (“Political Reaction,” Wisconsin State Journal, 12/17/98)

Sen. Feingold In 2004:

“Feingold Said He Is ‘Very Troubled’ That Bush Continued To Justify The War On The Basis Of Iraq’s … Possession Of Weapons Of Mass Destruction.” (David Callender, “Feingold: Bush Has ‘Bunker Mentality,'” Capital Times [Madison, WI], 4/15/04)

SEN. MARIA CANTWELL (D-WA) THEN & NOW ON IRAQ

Sen. Cantwell’s Prewar Statements:

Sen. Cantwell: “Some citizens say there are other countries in the world producing weapons of mass destruction and could be the source of aid to terrorists. Why worry about Iraq? I know of no other country that has proposed such a unique threat. One that has violated US/UN cease-fire agreements to stop developing weapons of mass destruction; one that has used weapons of mass destruction in war or against its own people; and one that has refused to help the U.S. in the Afghanistan war on terrorism and actually applauded the efforts of Al Quida of 9/11.” (Sen. Maria Cantwell, Congressional Record, 10/10/02, p. S10318)

Sen. Cantwell In 2005:

Sen. Cantwell: “[T]o me, we had had a cease-fire agreement with Iraq.” (CNN’s “The Situation Room,” 12/16/05)

Where’s the honesty and the honor from these people? Where’s the admission that they looked at the same intelligence info the President saw and concluded that Saddam was a threat with WMDs?

If they want to come back now and say, “Gee, I’m fickle and I didn’t realize that wars are hard, so I’ve changed my mind on Iraq and wish I’d voted the other way,” that’s an honest position. Another honest position would be to say something like, “I thought Saddam was a threat to our country, but I wanted to leave that threat in place and risk the consequences.”

But, this whole “Bush lied and mislead us” position is complete bunk and they’re the worst sort of weasels for going down that road.

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