"Joe" <email@example.com> done said:
> NoOption5L@aol.com wrote:
>> firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>>> P.S.: As contradictory as this sounds, I actually agree that SH had
>>> to go. IMO it would have been alot better if Dubya would have
>>> simply said; SH is bad, and he has to ****ing go, so we're gonna go
>>> get him.
>> It wasn't presented that way because the American public wouldn't
>> have signed on. The public wanted revenge for 911. So to get the
>> support, a link to terrorism had to be established/created.
> Patrick, are you saying the current administration pretty much
> conjured up the justification to invade Iraq?
The justification was "conjured up" by the prior administration with the "Iraq
Liberation Act of 1998" (Public Law 105-338).
A Course Set by Congress
By Colbert I. King
Saturday, March 8, 2003; Page A23
The Washington Post
Believe it or not, the American call for "regime change" in Iraq
didn't start with George W. Bush. For that, we must return to the days
of the 105th Congress, when Bill Clinton occupied the White House.
Recall a piece of legislation dubbed the "Iraq Liberation Act of
1998" (Public Law 105-338). Not only did it call for Saddam Hussein's
ouster, it also spelled out the goal of replacing his regime with a
Here's what the law says: "It should be the policy of the United
States to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam
Hussein from power in Iraq and to promote the emergence of a
democratic government to replace that regime."
You may think the Iraq Liberation Act was ramrodded down the throats
of reluctant Democrats by a House and Senate dominated by conservative
Republicans. Consider the final tally: The House passed the bill by a
vote of 360 to 38, with 157 Democrats joining 202 Republicans and the
House's one independent to back the removal of Saddam Hussein's
regime. The act, with bipartisan cosponsorship of two Democrats and
six Republicans, also passed the Senate by unanimous consent. And Bill
Clinton signed it into law on Oct. 31, 1998, declaring at the
time that the evidence was overwhelming that freedom and the rule of
law "will not happen under the current Iraq leadership."
Yes, regime change has been articulated by the administration, world
without end. Bush did it again during his televised news conference on
Thursday night. But that policy, along with support for a defeated
Iraq's transition to democracy, was embraced years earlier by
Bill Clinton and a bipartisan Congress.
> Just checking..
With all the political obfuscation going on, it's good to check one's facts to
separate nonsense from reality. This is especially true for those amongst us
with very short memories or who willingly lap up whatever the bleating
partisans tell them.
- Max -
Would you believe this man has gone as far
as tearing Dubya stickers off the bumpers of cars,
and he voted for John F. Kerry for President?
Just Say No to 6:5 Blackjack!