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"The American people cannot and should not be asked to support a policy which involves the overriding issues of war and peace unless they know the truth about that policy."
- Richard M Nixon - United Nations Address; September 12, 2002


Remarks by President Bush on Iraq; October 7 2002

"Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons."

The Iraqi regime... possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons. It has given shelter and support to terrorism, and practices terror against its own people. The entire world has witnessed Iraq's eleven-year history of defiance, deception and bad faith."

"The Iraqi regime... possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons. It has given shelter and support to terrorism..."

"We know that the regime has produced thousands of tons of chemical agents, including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas."

"We've also discovered through intelligence that Iraq has a growing fleet of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to disperse chemical or biological weapons across broad areas. We're concerned that Iraq is exploring ways of using these UAVS for missions targeting the United States."

"The evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program. Saddam Hussein has held numerous meetings with Iraqi nuclear scientists, a group he calls his "nuclear Mujahideen" -- his nuclear holy warriors. Satellite photographs reveal that Iraq is rebuilding facilities at sites that have been part of its nuclear program in the past. Iraq has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes and other equipment needed for gas centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons."

"Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised."

State of the Union Address
January 28, 2003

"Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent."

"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. Our intelligence sources tell us that he has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production. Saddam Hussein has not credibly explained these activities. He clearly has much to hide."

"Evidence from intelligence sources, secret communications, and statements by people now in custody reveal that Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of al Qaeda."

Radio Address
February 8, 2003

"The Iraqi regime has actively and secretly attempted to obtain equipment needed to produce chemical, biological and nuclear weapons."

"We also know that Iraq is harboring a terrorist network headed by a senior al Qaeda terrorist planner."

Discussing the Future of Iraq
February 26, 2003

"A liberated Iraq can show the power of freedom to transform that vital region, by bringing hope and progress into the lives of millions. America's interests in security, and America's belief in liberty, both lead in the same direction: to a free and peaceful Iraq.

"After defeating enemies, we did not leave behind occupying armies, we left constitutions and parliaments. We established an atmosphere of safety, in which responsible, reform-minded local leaders could build lasting institutions of freedom. In societies that once bred fascism and militarism, liberty found a permanent home." [Of course; this was Harry Truman's doing!]

"Success in Iraq could also begin a new stage for Middle Eastern peace, and set in motion progress towards a truly democratic Palestinian state."

Address to the Nation
March 17, 2003

"Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised. This regime has already used weapons of mass destruction against Iraq's neighbors and against Iraq's people."

"If we must begin a military campaign, it will be directed against the lawless men who rule your country and not against you. As our coalition takes away their power, we will deliver the food and medicine you need."

"If Saddam Hussein attempts to cling to power, he will remain a deadly foe until the end."

"Good night, and may God continue to bless America."

Announcing Combat Operations in Iraq Have Ended May 1, 2003

"Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq..."

Observing the Greatest Threat
November 2003

"The greatest threat of our age is nuclear, chemical or biological weapons in the hands of terrorists and the dictators who aid them."

And of course the greatest of these is nuclear. So why did he miss the even more vital point--proliferation? The answer lies in why he went after Iraq, on evidence flimsy and scant at best. Could the answer to that be that he

  • didn't know any better.
  • wanted to settle a family feud.
  • feared both North Korea and Iran not to mention Pakistan.
  • thought finishing off Hussein would guarantee him another term.
  • put his oil baron friends above all else.
  • wanted a legacy as a modern war president, of wars he could win. [He declared on National TV: "I am a war president."]
  • combined all the above as motives.

February 23, 2004
On TV: Meet the Press Sunday morning show

BY SAM MANUEL

WASHINGTON, D.C. Im a war president, declared George W. Bush in a TV interview at the White House aired February 8 on NBCs Meet the Press Sunday morning show. I make decisions here in the Oval Office on foreign policy matters with WAR ON MY MIND, he continued. And the American people need to know they got a president who sees the world the way it is.

He is dead right in one respect. He can see war. He apparently cannot see: a peaceful world with avenues for getting there. Meanwhile, he chases red herrings in Iraq while:
  • Pakistan pardons its own private nuclear proliferator,
  • North Korea gathers steam, and
  • the Iranis move toward plutonium production and enrichment!

Bin Laden achieved something beyond his wildest dream. 9/11 brought his many enemies into war with one another. "Let's you and him fight" may be a childish game, but it worked for bin Laden--in spades.

A disturbing note: Bush and bin Laden end their speeches essentially the same way:

"May God continue to bless America."
"And Allah is our Guardian and Helper, while you have no Guardian or Helper. All peace be upon he who follows the Guidance"

See Religion and Violence for why this is so dangerous when Mr Bush proclaims
"I am a war president."

Well...enough said.

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