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Big-name opponents of the Iran Deal and Hussein’s “active WMD program”

Posted in Uncategorized on August 31, 2015 by JM

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Here is what a few big-name opponents of the Iran Deal had to say about Hussein and his non-existent active WMD program before the Iraq war:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has said Iran will get the bomb under the deal, said this to Congress on September 12, 2002: “There’s no question that [Saddam] has not given upon on his nuclear program, not [sic] whatsoever…And every indication we have is that he is pursuing, pursuing with abandon, pursuing with every ounce of effort, the establishment of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons…Today the United States must destroy the same regime because a nuclear-armed Saddam will place the security of our entire world at risk. And make no mistake about it — if and once Saddam has nuclear weapons, the terror networks will have nuclear weapons” [1]

Senator Lindsey Graham, who has said he believes with all his heart and soul that Iran wants a nuclear weapon, said this on Meet the Press on March 2, 2003: “I believe that Saddam Hussein has been giving aid and comfort, training and assistance to al-Qaeda murderers, that he has weapons of mass destruction, he is lying when he says he doesn’t, and he will never voluntarily disarm. Five hundred inspectors, 5,000 inspectors is not going to make him disarm. He is a danger to our country and the world. He has killed his own people, and you are not going to disarm him by diplomacy. It’s going to take force…He is lying, Tim, when he says he doesn’t have weapons of mass destruction…For 12 years now, we’ve been playing this game, trying to get this man to part with his weapons of mass destruction.” [2]

Senator Chuck Schumer, who believes the deal will put Iran in a better position to build a bomb, said this on October 10, 2002: “Saddam Hussein is an evil man, a dictator who oppresses his people and flouts the mandate of the international community. While this behavior is reprehensible, it is Hussein’s vigorous pursuit of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, and his present and potential future support for terrorist acts and organizations, that make him a terrible danger to the people to the United States.” [3]

Former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs John Bolton, who has said Iran needs to be bombed before they get the bomb, said this on a BBC World Service debate on November 19, 2002 : “We are confident that Saddam Hussein has hidden weapons of mass destruction and production facilities in Iraq…There is no doubt in our mind that Saddam Hussein has an active chemical and biological warfare effort…The evidence is there – the question is whether the inspectors are allowed to find it.” [4]

  1. http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/diplomania/iraq-2002-iran-2012-compare-and-contrast-netanyahu-s-speeches-1.468213
  2. https://votesmart.org/public-statement/15314/meet-the-press#.VeO3-qSFMdV
  3. http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4533068/schumer-iraq-war
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2002/11_november/20/ws_johnbolton.shtml
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