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More Lies, Distortions, and Hypocrisy from Senator Kerry On Iraq

Joel P. Rutkowski, Ph.D., President
 The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy  

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
Kerry Refutes His Own Recommendations

Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction
Democrats Used to Speak Out Against Saddam Hussein
Findings of the Iraq Survey Group
What the Media Won't Tell You
Saddam Shipped WMD's Out Of Iraq
Senator Kerry's Lies, Distortions and Hypocrisy on Iraq Must Stop
References

Executive Summary

Senator Kerry continues to say that Iraq is the “wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time,” and President Bush was wrong to use force against Iraq.  If this is true, the Senator should have been a leader as he often reminds Americans that he is and voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002, (H.J. Res. 114) [To View The Full Text of The Legislation Visit: H.J.Res. 114] ( Record Vote Number: 237 . ) The reason Senator Kerry changed his stance during the democratic primary for President was that the anti-war rhetoric initially vaulted former Vermont Governor Howard Dean ahead of all his challengers.

On October 7, 2004,  he indicated that the war was purposefully used to shift the focus ... from the real enemy, al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, to an enemy that they aggrandized and fictionalized. 

If Senator Kerry truly understood the enemy that America faces today he would soon realize that Iraq and Saddam Hussein are part of a global war against Islamofascism and would not foolishly and irresponsibly make such statements on the war in Iraq.  The President's response to fighting Islamofascism is more appropriate in confronting rogue nations that sponsor and provide safe haven for these enemies against America as well as threaten freedom and democracy throughout the world.  Daily by demonizing the Iraq war Senator Kerry may convince more people to turn their support away from President Bush, but he jeopardizes the security of this nation as well as the well-being of every soldier in Iraq in the process.

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Kerry Refutes His Own Recommendations

On October 7, 2004, Senator Kerry assailed President Bush for twisting facts and for failing to be "straight" with Americans citing a CIA report that showed Iraq destroyed its banned weapons supplies months after the first Gulf War in 1991 and its capacity to produce biological, chemical or nuclear arms had eroded by the time Bush ordered the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. (1)

He said, “We remember the pieces of evidence, like aluminum tubes and Niger yellow cake uranium, that were laid out before us."  All designed, all purposefully used to shift the focus ... from the real enemy, al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, to an enemy that they aggrandized and fictionalized."

However, when a Democratic President was in the White House - Bill Clinton, Senator Kerry was in favor of using force against the murderous and tyrannical dictator Saddam Hussein. One can clearly see this in his speech entered into the Congressional Record with the title, “ We Must Be Firm With Saddam Hussein,” [To View a Copy Visit:” We Must be Firm with Saddam Hussein “] that was given on the floor of the United States Senate on November 9, 1997.  (2)  At the time, Senator Kerry cited Saddam Hussein's pursuit of weapons of mass destruction as the main rational for action as well as presented the case for aggressive military action against Saddam:

We recognize that there is no indication that Saddam Hussein has any intention of relenting.  So we have an obligation of enormous consequence, an obligation to guarantee that Saddam Hussein cannot ignore the United Nations.  He cannot be permitted to go unobserved and unimpeded toward his horrific objective of amassing a stockpile of weapons of mass destruction.  This is not a matter about which there should be any debate whatsoever in the Security Council, or certainly, in this Nation. If he remains obdurate, I believe that the United Nations must take, and should authorize immediately, whatever steps are necessary to force him to relent—and that the United States should support and participate in those steps.

While our action should be thoughtfully and carefully determined and structured, while we should always seek to use peaceful and diplomatic means to resolve serious problems before resorting to force, and while we should always seek to take significant international actions on a multilateral rather than a unilateral basis whenever that is possible, if in the final analysis we face what we truly believe to be a grave threat to the well-being of our Nation or the entire world and it cannot be removed peacefully, we must have the courage to do what we believe is right and wise.

I believe this is such a situation, Mr. President.  It is time for resolve. Tomorrow we must make clear to the Security Council and to the world.

I yield back the balance of my time.

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Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction

In accordance with the approved and accepted Resolution 687, the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM ) , conducted its first chemical weapons inspection in Iraq on June 1991. (3) Most intelligence analysts felt that weapons of mass destruction (WMD) research and development continued in Iraq since UN inspectors were ousted in late 1998. (4) Prior to the first Gulf War, Iraq admitted it maintained large stockpiles of mustard gas and the nerve agents Sarin (GB) and Tabun (GA). (5) In August 1995, Iraq was led to admit to its bio-weapon program by the defection of Iraqi Lieutenant General  Hussein Majid, formerly in charge of WMD programs, (6) producing 90,000 liters of Botulinium toxin, 8,300 liters of Anthrax, and significant quantities of other agents, plus a laboratory and industrial-scale facility to continue production Iraq admitted to.  Iraq admitted it had produced at least 3.9 tons of VX, one of the deadliest (and easiest to store) forms of nerve gas — and at least 600 tons of ingredients to make it in 1996. (7) 

The CIA report that Senator Kerry used to assail President Bush indicated that Iraq destroyed its banned weapons supplies months after the first Gulf War in 1991 and its capacity to produce biological, chemical or nuclear arms had eroded by the time Bush ordered the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. (8)

However, according to an October 2002, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) report (To View Report Visit: Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs), the CIA report indicated that Iraq had maintained its chemical weapons effort, energized its missile program, and invested more heavily in biological weapons; most analysts had assessed Iraq was reconstituting its nuclear weapons program since inspections ended in 1998. (9) Iraq's capabilities to finance WMD programs was increased by its growing ability to sell oil illicitly in which annual earnings in cash and goods had more than quadrupled.  

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Democrats Used to Speak Out Against Saddam Hussein

President Bush was not the only one to believe that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the US as well as to the rest of the world.  Several prominent Democrats also believed this too.  For example, President Clinton's national security adviser Sandy Berger said on February 18, 1998, “He (Saddam Hussein) will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has 10 times since 1983.” (10) Also, on February 18, 1998, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright said , “ Iraq is 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 great security threat we face.” (11) On December 16, 1998, Representative Nancy Pelosi, (Democrat-California) said, “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.” (12) In a letter to President Bush, on December 5, 2001, Senator Bob Graham, (Democrat-Florida), and others said, "There is no doubt that...Saddam Hussein has invigorated his weapons programs...In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies." (13) And on October 10, 2002, Senator Jay Rockefeller said, “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.” (14)

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Findings of the Iraq Survey Group

An interim report of David Kay confirms and validates President Bush's reasons for going to war in Iraq. On October 2, 2003, David Kay commented on the interim progress report on the activities of the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense, and the Senate Select Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense, and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (To View The Report Visit: Interim Progress Report.) —  “Why are we having such difficulty in finding weapons or in reaching a confident conclusion that they do not exist or that they once existed but have been removed? Our search efforts are being hindered by these principal factors: (15)

  1. From birth all of Iraq's WMD activities were highly compartmentalized within a regime that ruled and kept its secrets through fear and terror and with deception and denial built into each program;
  2. Deliberate dispersal and destruction of material and documentation related to weapons programs began pre-conflict and ran trans-to-post conflict;
  3. Post-OIF looting destroyed or dispersed important and easily collectable material and forensic evidence concerning Iraq's WMD program. As the report covers in detail, significant elements of this looting were carried out in a systematic and deliberate manner, with the clear aim of concealing pre-OIF activities of Saddam's regime;
  4. Some WMD personnel crossed borders in the pre/trans conflict period and may have taken evidence and even weapons-related materials with them;
  5. Any actual WMD weapons or material is likely to be small in relation to the total conventional armament's footprint and difficult to near impossible to identify with normal search procedures. It is important to keep in mind that even the bulkiest materials we are searching for, in the quantities we would expect to find, can be concealed in spaces not much larger than a two car garage.”
  6. The environment in Iraq remains far from permissive for our activities, with many Iraqis that we talk to reporting threats and overt acts of intimidation and our own personnel being the subject of threats and attacks. In September alone we have had three attacks on ISG facilities or teams: The ISG base in Irbil was bombed and four staff injured, two very seriously; a two person team had their vehicle blocked by gunmen and only escaped by firing back through their own windshield; and on Wednesday, 24 September, the ISG Headquarters in Baghdad again was subject to mortar attack. "

What was found and what was not found in the first three months of work?

He also said, “We have discovered dozens of WMD-related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the United Nations during the inspections that began in late 2002. The discovery of these deliberate concealment efforts have come about both through the admissions of Iraqi scientists and officials concerning information they deliberately withheld and through physical evidence of equipment and activities that ISG has discovered that should have been declared to the UN. Let me just give you a few examples of these concealment efforts, some of which I will elaborate on later: (16)

  • A clandestine network of laboratories and safehouses within the Iraqi Intelligence Service that contained equipment subject to UN monitoring and suitable for continuing CBW research.
  • A prison laboratory complex, possibly used in human testing of BW agents, that Iraqi officials working to prepare for UN inspections were explicitly ordered not to declare to the UN.
  • Reference strains of biological organisms concealed in a scientist's home, one of which can be used to produce biological weapons.
  • New research on BW-applicable agents, Brucella and Congo Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), and continuing work on ricin and aflatoxin were not declared to the UN.
  • Documents and equipment, hidden in scientists' homes, that would have been useful in resuming uranium enrichment by centrifuge and electromagnetic isotope separation (EMIS).
  • A line of UAVs not fully declared at an undeclared production facility and an admission that they had tested one of their declared UAVs out to a range of 500 km, 350 km beyond the permissible limit.
  • Continuing covert capability to manufacture fuel propellant useful only for prohibited SCUD variant missiles, a capability that was maintained at least until the end of 2001 and that cooperating Iraqi scientists have said they were told to conceal from the UN.
  • Plans and advanced design work for new long-range missiles with ranges up to at least 1000 km - well beyond the 150 km range limit imposed by the UN. Missiles of a 1000 km range would have allowed Iraq to threaten targets through out the Middle East, including Ankara, Cairo, and Abu Dhabi.
  • Clandestine attempts between late-1999 and 2002 to obtain from North Korea technology related to 1,300 km range ballistic missiles --probably the No Dong -- 300 km range anti-ship cruise missiles, and other prohibited military equipment.

In addition to the discovery of extensive concealment efforts, we have been faced with a systematic sanitization of documentary and computer evidence in a wide range of offices, laboratories, and companies suspected of WMD work. The pattern of these efforts to erase evidence - hard drives destroyed, specific files burned, equipment cleaned of all traces of use - are ones of deliberate, rather than random, acts. For example,

  • On 10 July 2003 an ISG team exploited the Revolutionary Command Council (RCC) Headquarters in Baghdad. The basement of the main building contained an archive of documents situated on well-organized rows of metal shelving. The basement suffered no fire damage despite the total destruction of the upper floors from coalition air strikes. Upon arrival the exploitation team encountered small piles of ash where individual documents or binders of documents were intentionally destroyed. Computer hard drives had been deliberately destroyed. Computers would have had financial value to a random looter; their destruction, rather than removal for resale or reuse, indicates a targeted effort to prevent Coalition forces from gaining access to their contents.
  • All IIS laboratories visited by IIS exploitation teams have been clearly sanitized, including removal of much equipment, shredding and burning of documents, and even the removal of nameplates from office doors.
  • Although much of the deliberate destruction and sanitization of documents and records probably occurred during the height of OIF combat operations, indications of significant continuing destruction efforts have been found after the end of major combat operations, including entry in May 2003 of the locked gated vaults of the Ba'ath party intelligence building in Baghdad and highly selective destruction of computer hard drives and data storage equipment along with the burning of a small number of specific binders that appear to have contained financial and intelligence records, and in July 2003 a site exploitation team at the Abu Ghurayb Prison found one pile of the smoldering ashes from documents that was still warm to the touch.”

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What the Media Won't Tell You

Unfortunately, because the liberal media is doing everything that it can to assure the defeat of President Bush this November, they covered only part of the story of Saddam's nuclear ambitions when covering the report to Congress by ISG chief Charles Duelfer on October 6, 2004. (17)  For example, “[Saddam] Hussein ended his nuclear program in 1991 and there was no evidence he tried to restart it,” the New York Times, stated categorically, paraphrasing Duelfer's report. (18)  However, his report makes it clear that the program itself was never abandoned although he said he did not find evidence of a “concerted effort” by Saddam to press ahead with his nuclear program after 1991. (19)  Furthermore, Dr. Mahdi Obeidi, the Iraqi physicist who ran his nation's uranium enrichment program, in his new book, The Bomb in My Garden  revealed that “Saddam kept funding the IAEC (Iraq Atomic Energy Commission from 1991 … until the war in 2003” (20,21) He now admits, right through 1997, “I was developing the centrifuge for the weapons.” (22) The Iraq centrifuge scientist said he was ordered to keep his nuclear bombmaking research concealed from UN inspectors in an interview with WABC Radio's John Gambling and in The New York Times, Dr. Mahdi Obeidi, on September 26, 2004, wrote that if Saddam Hussein had ordered it, Iraqi scientists had the knowledge and designs need to jumpstart the nuclear program if necessary and that there was no question that it could have been done so very quickly. (23)

The reader should be enlightened by some of the quotes that came directly from Duelfer's report to Congress that the media thought was not important to report to the American people: (24)

(To View Report Visit:Special Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the DCI on Iraq's WMD )

·        "Saddam aspired to develop a nuclear capability - in an incremental fashion, irrespective of international pressure and the resulting economic risks. ..."

·          "Baghdad undertook a variety of measures to conceal key elements of its nuclear program from successive UN inspectors, including specific direction by Saddam Husayn [Duelfer's spelling] to hide and preserve documentation associated with Iraq's nuclear program."

·        "[The Iraq Survey Group], for example, uncovered two specific instances in which scientists involved in uranium enrichment kept documents and technology. Although apparently acting on their own, they did so with the belief and anticipation of resuming uranium enrichment efforts in the future."

·         "Starting around 1992, in a bid to retain the intellectual core of the former weapons program, Baghdad transferred many nuclear scientists to related jobs in the Military Industrial Commission (MIC). The work undertaken by these scientists at the MIC helped them maintain their weapons knowledge base."

·          "Initially, Saddam chose to conceal his nuclear program in its entirety, as he did with Iraq's BW program. Aggressive UN inspections after Desert Storm forced Saddam to admit the existence of the program and destroy or surrender components of the program."

Also, from the Duelfer report more quotes: (25)

  • "Saddam did express his intent to retain the intellectual capital developed during the Iraqi Nuclear Program. Senior Iraqis - several of them from the Regime's inner circle - told ISG they assumed Saddam would restart a nuclear program once UN sanctions ended."
  • "As funding for the MIC and the [Iraq Atomic Energy Commission, or IAEC] increased after the introduction of the Oil-for-Food program, there was some growth in programs that involved former nuclear weapons scientists and engineers."
  • "The Regime prevented scientists from the former nuclear weapons program from leaving either their jobs or Iraq. Moreover, in the late 1990s, personnel from both MIC and the IAEC received significant pay raises in a bid to retain them, and the Regime undertook new investments in university research in a bid to ensure that Iraq retained technical knowledge."

Duelfer went into detail about some of Saddam's suspected nuclear equipment in his preliminary report to Congress just seven months ago,:  (26)

  • "In the nuclear arena, the ISG has developed information that suggests Iraqi interest in preserving and expanding the knowledge needed to design and develop nuclear weapons. One significant effort illustrating this was a high-speed rail gun program under the direction of two senior scientists associated with Iraq's pre-1991 nuclear weapons program."
  • "Documents found outside [one] laboratory described a high-voltage switch that can be used to detonate a nuclear weapon, laser detonation, nuclear fusion, radiation measurement, and radiation safety."
  • "It is this combination of topics that makes us suspect this lab was intentionally focused on research applicable for nuclear weapons development," Duelfer concluded.

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Saddam Shipped WMD's Out Of Iraq

Prior, during and after the U.S.-led war against Iraq in 2003, the United Nations (UN) has determined that Saddam Hussein shipped weapons of mass destruction components as well as medium-range ballistic missiles out of Iraq.  (27)

What could help to trace the whereabouts of Saddam's missile and WMD program, the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission briefed the Security Council on the new findings.  (To view the report visit (PDF Format) : Briefing To Security Council on new findings.)

Satellite photographs that demonstrated the speed with which Saddam dismantled his missile and WMD sites prior to and during the war are contained in the briefing. Photographs of a ballistic missile site outside Baghdad in May 2003, were shown Council members. And they also saw a satellite image in February 2004, of the same location in which facilities had disappeared.

Middle East Newsline reported that the United Nations Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) acting executive chairman Demetrius Perricos told the council on June 9, 2004, “The only controls at the borders are for the weight of the scrap metal, and to check whether there are any explosive or radioactive materials within the scrap." (28)

Perricos said after the briefing, "It's being exported…It's being traded out. And there is a large variety of scrap metal from very new to very old, and slowly, it seems the country is depleted of metal." (29)

Perricos told the council, "The removal of these materials from Iraq raises concerns with regard to proliferation risks."  Also, inspectors found Iraqi WMD and missile components shipped abroad that still contained UN inspection tags reported Perricos. (30)

Iraqi facilities were dismantled and sent both to Europe and around the Middle East at the rate of about 1,000 tons of metal a month said Perricos.  Jordan, the Netherlands, and Turkey were included as some of the destinations.

UN officials said the Baghdad missile site contained a range of WMD and dual-use components. Reactor vessel and fermenters – the latter required for the production of chemical and biological warheads and missile components, were included.  

Ewen Buchanan, Perricos's spokesman, said, "It raises the question of what happened to the dual-use equipment, where is it now and what is it being used for. You can make all kinds of pharmaceutical and medicinal products with a fermenter. You can also use it to breed anthrax." (31)

Dismantled and exported to such countries as Jordan, the Netherlands and Turkey were Iraqi missiles the UNMOVIC report said. An SA-2 surface-to-air missile, one of at least 12, was discovered in a junk yard, replete with UN tags, in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. UN inspectors found 20 SA-2 engines as well as components for solid-fuel for missiles In Jordan.

Buchanan said,  “The problem for us is that we don't know what may have passed through these yards and other yards elsewhere. We can't really assess the significance and don't know the full extent of activity that could be going on there or with others of Iraq's neighbors." (32)

By agents of the Saddam regime, the SA-2 and the short-range Al Samoud surface-to-surface missile were shipped abroad according to UN inspections. UNMOVIC plans to inspect other sites, including Turkey said Buchanan. Furthermore, material from Iraqi nuclear facilities were being smuggled out of the country said International Atomic Energy Agency director-general Mohammed El Baradei, in April.

US officials said that Israeli intelligence has identified what are believed to be Iraqi weapons of mass destruction in Hezbollah –controlled Lebanon. (33)

Beginning in early January 2003 and ended the first week of March 2003 were shipments.  To hide the weapons, Saddam Hussein paid Syrian leader Bashar Assad $35 million, indicates Israeli Intelligence.  Unfortunately, since the containers with the strategic materials are not in Iraq, getting to them will be nearly impossible for the US and its allies. (34)

In Lebanon's heavily-fortified Bekaa Valley they are located, swarming with Iranian and Syrian forces, and Hizbullah and ex-Iraqi agents.  In January 2003, a stream of tractor-trailer trucks moving from Iraq to Syria to Lebanon were first identified by US intelligence. At the time, the significance of this sighting did not register on the CIA.  The area contains extended-range Scud-based missiles and parts for chemical and biological warheads believes US intelligence sources.

Mutually-lucrative Iraqi-Syrian arms transactions are not new. The key to Syria's rogue alliance with Iraq has been Firas Tlas, son of Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlas. According to the May 13, 2003 edition of Geostrategy-Direct.com. he and Assad made hundreds of millions of dollars selling weapons, oil and drugs to and from Iraq. (35)

US officials said, “It is not surprising, that U.S. inquiries in Beirut and Syria are being met with little substantive response.”

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Senator Kerry's Lies, Distortions and Hypocrisy on Iraq Must Stop

Senator Kerry had access to the same intelligence as the President and came to the same conclusions as did many of Senator Kerry's fellow Democrats that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the security of the US as well as the world.  Yet the Senator repeatedly says that Iraq is the “wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time,” and President Bush was wrong to use force against Iraq.  If this true, the Senator should have been a leader as he often reminds Americans that he is and voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002, (H.J. Res. 114) [To View The Full Text of The Legislation Visit: H.J.Res. 114] ( Record Vote Number: 237 . ) The reason Senator Kerry changed his stance during the democratic primary for President was that the anti-war rhetoric initially vaulted former Vermont Governor Howard Dean ahead of all his challengers.  If Senator Kerry would be truthful to himself instead of being motivated by political self-interest and would search deep into his soul he would realize that the President was correct and he too was correct to initially give the President the power to use military force against Iraq.   One has to wonder if President Bush was a Democrat if Senator Kerry and his fellow Democrats would be so outspoken about the war in Iraq that more often than not sound seditious. Where was Senator Kerry's and the Democratic outrage in 1999, when without UN approval former President Clinton prodded NATO to attack Serbia.  America was not attacked by Serbia as well as it was not a threat to the national security of this nation.  However, in the mindset of Senator Kerry and his fellow Democrats the only morally righteous war is when a Democratic President is leading it. 

A centerpiece of the Senator's campaign is the broadening of the coalition to stabilize Iraq.  However, on October 5, 2004, the Senator conceded that if elected President that he probably would not be able to convince France and Germany to contribute troops to Iraq.  (36)  At a town hall meeting, Senator Kerry said that he knows other countries won't trade their soldiers' lives for those of US troops.  He said, “Does that mean allies are going to trade their young for our young in body bags?  I know they are not.  I know that.” 

The Senator said, when asked about the statement later, “When I was referring to that, I was really, talking about Germany and France and some of the countries that had been most restrained.” (37)

Saddam Hussein was exploiting the UN oil-for-food program that led to more than $10 billion being stolen by Saddam and his regime and US efforts to stop the corruption were opposed by France, Russia, China and Syria. (38) Senator Kerry believes that the President acted unilaterally because France, Germany and Russia refused to join the coalition to invaded Iraq but deems the role of the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Poland and Hungary to bring stability and security to Iraq insignificant.   One can clearly see why France, Germany and Russia would not join the coalition.  It was because they were profiting by Saddam Hussein remaining power. 

On October 5, 2004, at a House of Representative Government Reform subcommittee on national security, emerging threats and international relations that was investigating the UN Iraqi oil-for-food program, Representative Christopher Shays (Republican-Connecticut), subcommittee chairman said that some of the revenue was diverted by Saddam to purchase arms.

He said at the hearing, “through cynical yet subtle manipulation, he and an undeclared coalition of venal on the Security Council exploited structural flaws in the program and institutional naiveté at the UN to transform a massive humanitarian aid effort into a multibillion dollar, sanctions-busting scam.” (39)

The House panel chairman said, “Chinese, French, and Russian delegates to the Security Council sanctions Committee deftly tabled persistent reports of abuses.”  And as a result, “the contractors hired to finance and monitor the program had only limited authority to enforce safeguards.” (40)

Contrary to Senator Kerry, his fellow Democrats, and others, Saddam Hussein's regime was not collapsing.  His arsenal was not safely contained but was rapidly gaining the means to threaten regional and global stability again once his allies in the UN lifted the sanctions against Iraq and his murderous and tyrannical regime.

If Senator Kerry truly understood the enemy that America faces today he would soon realize that Iraq and Saddam Hussein are part of a global war against Islamofascism and would not foolishly and irresponsibly make statements that the war in Iraq was purposefully used to shift the focus ... from the real enemy, al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.   The President's response to fighting Islamofascism is more appropriate in confronting rogue nations that sponsor and provide safe haven for these enemies against America as well as threaten freedom and democracy throughout the world.

In Iraq the Guerrilla Islamofascist warrior is an expert at manipulating the media.  As Senator Kerry continues his unabated false rhetoric about the Iraqi war, he is doing exactly what these enemies want him to do to break the will of the American people towards the war so they will call for a quick military exist from Iraq as was the case in Vietnam.  His continued defiance of the war only strengthens the resolve of America's enemies as well as demoralizes the American military by saying they are fighting wrongly in Iraq and that their service in combating Islamofascism is dishonorable.  In the end it may gain Senator Kerry the Presidency but will cost this nation in the long-term.  Daily by demonizing the Iraq war the Senator may convince more people to turn their support away from President Bush, but he jeopardizes the security of this nation as well as the well-being of every soldier in Iraq.  If Senator Kerry were a true leader as he never lets Americans forget, he would stand as he did in the past and abate his own political self-interest and declare as he once did that Saddam was a threat to countries in the region, as well as the national security of the US and had made a mockery of the weapons inspection process and had to be removed by force to ensure regional and globally stability.  And finally agree for once and for all with those that supported the war that the world is safer and better without a murderous and tyrannical dictator ruling Iraq.

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References

  1. Patricia Wilson, “Kerry: Bush' Aggrandized, Fictionalized' Saddam,” Reuters, October 7, 2004.
  2. John Kerry, “We Must be Firm with Saddam Hussein,” Congressional Record, November 9, 1997.
  3. “Weapons of Mass Destruction In Iraq,” Center for Defense Information, May 6, 2002.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Ibid.
  6. Ibid.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Patricia Wilson, “Kerry: Bush' Aggrandized, Fictionalized' Saddam,” Reuters, October 7, 2004.
  9. “Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs,” Central Intelligence Agency, October 2002.
  10. Larry Elder, WMD: Will Bush's critics read David Kay's report? Townhall.com., October 16, 2003.
  11. Ibid.
  12. Ibid.
  13. Ibid.
  14. Ibid.
  15. “Statement by David Kay on the interim progress report on the activities of the Iraq survey group (ISG) before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense, and the Senate Select Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense, and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence,” October 2, 2003.
  16. Ibid.
  17. Duelfer: Saddam Kept Nuke Program in Place,” NewsMax.com., October 7, 2004.
  18. Ibid.
  19. Ibid.
  20. “Iraqi Physicist: Saddam Funded Nuke Program Till 2003,” NewsMax.com., October 5, 2004.
  21. Mahdi Obeidi, “Saddam, the Bomb and Me,” The New York Times, September 26, 2004.
  22. “Iraqi Physicist: Saddam Funded Nuke Program Till 2003,” NewsMax.com., October 5, 2004.
  23. Mahdi Obeidi, “Saddam, the Bomb and Me,” The New York Times, September 26, 2004.
  24. Duelfer: Saddam Kept Nuke Program in Place,” NewsMax.com., October 7, 2004.
  25. Ibid.
  26. Ibid.
  27. UN inspectors: Saddam shipped out WMD before war and after,” World Tribune.com., Friday, June 11, 2004.
  28. Ibid.
  29. Ibid.
  30. Ibid.
  31. Ibid.
  32. Ibid.
  33. “Iraq' Weapons of mass destruction in Lebanon?  Israeli intelligence tracks tractor-trailer shipments to Bekaa Valley,” Geostrategy-Direct.com. August 15, 2003.
  34. “Report: U.S suspects Iraqi WMD in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley,” World Tribune.com., August 26, 2003.
  35. Ibid.
  36. Stephen Dinan and Rowan Scarborough, Kerry says Franco-German troops unlikely,” The Washington Times, October 6, 2004.
  37. Ibid.
  38. Bill Gertz, “Allies ‘resisted stopping oil ploy,” The Washington Times, October 6, 2004.
  39. Ibid.
  40. Ibid.

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