shorter URL: http://tinyurl.com/DemsOnWMDs
TruthOrFiction.com, Snopes.com, Dr. Walter Williams (or here), Liddy, Tom Barrett, Renew America, HNN, Accuracy In Media, NY Times (or here), FrontPage, UN: (1) (2), & an ISG member's blog.
The 2004/2005 Duelfer report documented that Saddam's WMD program, though it was much less robust than intelligence reports had indicated, nevertheless existed and constituted serious violations of the UN Security Council resolutions which ended in Desert Storm.
Saddam's quarter-century death toll (ending in 2003)
is generally estimated at approx. 2,000,000 (i.e., an average of ~240/day).
Some sources estimate more, some less, but all sources agree it exceeded 1,000,000:
NY Times (or here), CSMonitor, Bruce Harris, Library of Congress, of Iraqi Kurds: (1) (2) (3), of Iraqi Shiites, of Baghdad residents, in invasion of Iran, in mass graves: (1) (2) (3) (4a, 4b, 4c) (5), genocide of Marsh Arabs
Libya's Muammar Gaddafi was working on nuclear weapons, too. But after he saw what happened to Saddam, he "calculated a new reality," and gave it up.
Saddam's terrorist links (five FoxNews stories)
CNN reported that the USA removed over 550 metric tonnes (over 600 tons) of uranium yellowcake from Iraq. That's enough to make over 100 nuclear weapons. Most of it (perhaps all) was known to the IAEA and subject to their "safeguards" and periodic inspections, but Iraq had been permitted by the IAEA to retain access to 13 tons, and Saddam was only permitting the inspectors to do their work unimpeded when threatened by >100,000 troops. U.S. forces also removed 1.7 metric tonnes of partially-enriched uranium from Iraq in 2004.
WikiLeaks revealed that the U.S. hunt for WMDs in Iraq found chemical weapons labs, chemical weapons specialists, and multiple small stockpiles of chemical weapons and related equipment.
IBD: Saddam tapes confirm Iraq had WMDs and was sponsoring terrorism. The first 12 hours of the tapes are available at www.intelligencesummit.org, FrontpageMag.com has commentary/summary, and here's a very informative blog. Saddam on tape: target 'All the Israeli Cities' with WMDs.
June 19, 2014 - Press reports say Al-Qaeda splinter ISIS has captured Saddam's old Al Muthanna chemical weapons facility, including bunkers with stockpiles of "damaged and contaminated" containers of mustard gas and three kinds of nerve gas: Sarin, Tabun, and VX. Expert opinion varies about whether ISIS will be able to use them against our allies. (Fortunately, Saddam's uranium stockpiles are long gone.)
Oct. 14, 2014 - Even the New York Times now belatedly admits “Iraq's practice of mislabeling [chemical] ordnance to confuse foreign inspectors.”
Feb. 15, 2015
The New York Times reports that in 2005-2006
the CIA ran a secret program called "Operation Avarice,"
which purchased hundreds of Saddam's old chemical weapons on the black market, to keep them from
falling into the hands of terrorists.
Here's what leading Democrats used to say about Saddam's WMDs:
"We urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with
the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including,
if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to
respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its
weapons of mass destruction programs."
- Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998
"One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to
develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them.
That is our bottom line."
- President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998
"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear.
We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass
- President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998
"Iraqi's a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great
deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear,
chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest
security threat we face."
- Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998
"[Saddam will use] his arsenal of weapons of mass destruction... again,
as he has ten times since 1983."
- Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998
"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass
destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and
he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."
- Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998
"Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass
destruction and palaces for his cronies."
- Madeline Albright, Clinton's Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999
(Quotes above this line were during the Clinton Administration.)
(Quotes below this line were during the G.W. Bush Administration.)
"There is no doubt that ... Saddam Hussein has invigorated his weapons
programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs
continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam
continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover
of an elicit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will
threaten the United States and our allies."
- Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL) and others, December 5, 2001
"How close is the peril of Iraqi WMD? ... Within four or five years
[Iraq] could have the capability to threaten most of the Middle East and
parts of Europe with missiles armed with nuclear weapons containing fissile
material produced indigenously--and to threaten U.S. territory with such
weapons delivered by non-conventional means, such as commercial shipping
containers. If it managed to get its hands on sufficient quantities of
already produced fissile material, these threats could arrive much sooner."
- Robert Einhorn, Clinton's Assistant Secretary of State for Non-proliferation, in testimony to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, March 1, 2002
"We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a
threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate
of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the
means of delivering them."
- Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002
"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical
weapons throughout his country."
- Al Gore, Sept. 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
"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and
developing weapons of mass destruction."
- Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002
"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are
confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and
biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to
build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence
reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..."
- Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002
"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the
authority to use force-- if necessary-- to disarm Saddam Hussein because
I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his
hands is a real and grave threat to our security."
- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002
"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports
show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological
weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program.
He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including
al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam
Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and
chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."
- Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002
"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working
aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear
weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have
always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of
weapons of mass destruction."
- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002
"He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years,
every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy
his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has
refused to do"
- Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002
"We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that
Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing
capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction."
- Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002
"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal,
murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a
particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to
miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to
his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass
destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass
destruction is real.."
- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003
So now these folks say President Bush lied, that there never were any weapons of mass destruction, and that he took us to war for his oil buddies???
"Assertions that the Bush administration strong-armed intelligence
analysts in 2002 and 2003, or misled the nation in making its nuclear case
for war, challenge logic.
During and after Clinton's presidency, the intelligence community repeatedly warned the White House that Iraq was one cache of fissile material and one year short of wielding a nuclear bomb.
If the White House manipulated or exaggerated that intelligence before the war in order to paint a more-menacing portrait of Saddam Hussein, it's difficult to imagine why. For five years, the official and oft-delivered alarms from the U.S. intelligence community had been menacing enough."
- Chicago Tribune, Nov. 30, 2005 (or here)
Here are video clips of some of the above quotes, plus a few more,
including Harry Reid and Joe Biden: