Democrats’ Support Flip Flop

8 09 2006

Filed under: Liberals, Democrats, Intelligence Committee, Politics, Iraq War

Before the Iraq War, Democrats agreed Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Now Democrats are criticizing intelligence for political gain.

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 ntelligence 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)

It is certainly ironic, and unfortunate, that Democrats are willing to misrepresent the Intelligence Committee’s findings while attempting to prove that the Bush administration lied, all for the purpose of political gain.

These liberals should be held accountable at the polls in November for placing their own interests above the security of our nation.

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