19 reasons to beware of people who speak with forked tongues
during this political season.
It is Presidential Election and Debate season and truth is
as elusive to Americans as weight loss is to my body.
This, of course, presents special challenges for all of us,
especially in the media. We must choose between buying the
daily spin and double talk from politicians, or, doing a little
homework and coming up with some hard-hitting questions which
are part of the job and an expectation from our audiences.
I'm going to make it easy for you this week to get to the
truth because I find it profound and amazing that the facts
that appear so unimportant for too many in the media, are
CRITICAL to providing a balanced news approach to the Presidential
The weeks and months leading to the first debate showed us
a vicious assault on President Bush from EVERY major Democratic
leader on the issue of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, and allegations
the President lied about weapons of mass destruction, etc.
They said that war was UNNECESSARY and that Bush was wrong
in describing Hussein as a tyrant and that the blood shed
by our military has been a waste.
Just a personal side note: My Air Force Staff Sergeant Special
Forces Son, with four tours of Afghanistan and three of Iraq
under his belt, is wrapping up his eight years of service.
Complete reconstruction surgery of his ankle wasn't part of
the master plan, but sometimes even tough guys get hurt when
they least expect it, whether it is during war or peace time.
I tell you this only because I tend to bristle when politicians
minimize, trivialize, or politicize the role, the sacrifice,
and the true commitment of young men and women like my Son
just for their own PERSONAL political gain.
Which brings me to the fun part.
We have recently heard the likes of senators John Kerry, Hillary
Clinton, Carl Levin, Jay Rockefeller, Ted Kennedy, as well
as Al Gore, Bill Clinton and others, relentlessly attack President
Bush for going to war in Iraq. Are they REALLY committed to
their CURRENT viewpoint?
Or do they speak with forked tongues? You decide after reading
THEIR own quotes on Iraq and Hussein, many of them from less
than two years ago, when they were still pretending to be
loyal Americans in the wake of the September 11th attack on
Then you decide. And please make sure, as a responsible member
of the media, that you use their OWN WORDS in your next interview
with one of them to try and get a straight answer. Then, you
can decide which view is the truth, and which one is strictly
for personal political gain at the expense of our country's
future and national security.
Here we go. 19 reasons to wonder:
1. "Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein.
He is a brutal, murderous
dictator, leading an oppressive regime. He presents a particularly
grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation.
And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued
deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction
So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction
is real" - Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003
2. "I will be voting to give the President of the United
States the authority to use force-- if necessary--to disarm
Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of
weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave
threat to our security." - Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA),
Oct. 9, 2002
3. "We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein
is a tyrant and threat to the peace and stability of the region.
He has ignored the mandated of the United Nations and is building
weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them."
- Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002
4. "We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein
is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."
- Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002
5. "Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has
proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will
continue for as long as Saddam is in power." - Al Gore,
Sept. 23, 2002
6. "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. We
also should remember we have always underestimated the progress
Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction."-
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002
7. "In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence
reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his
chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery
capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid,
comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members.
It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein
will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological
and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear
weapons." - Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002
8. "[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and
consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary
actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes
on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat
posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction
programs." - Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens.
Carl Levin (D-MI), Tom Daschle (D-SD), John Kerry( D - MA),
and others Oct. 9,1998
9. "We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological
and chemical weapons throughout his country." - Al Gore,
Sept. 23, 2002
10. "He has systematically violated, over the course
of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that
has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological
weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to
do" - Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002
11. "The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October
of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some
stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he
has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical
and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports
indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..." - Sen.
Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002
12. "One way or the other, we are determined to deny
Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and
the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."
- President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998
13. "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force,
our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat
posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."
- President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998
14. "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 greatest security
threat we face." - Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998
15. "He will use those weapons of mass destruction again,
as he has ten times since 1983." - Sandy Berger, Clinton
National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998
16. "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." - Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D,
CA), Dec. 16, 1998
17. "Hussein has . chosen to spend his money on building
weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies."
- Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10,
18. "There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein has invigorated
his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical
and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf
War status. 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." - Letter to President
Bush, Signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL,) and others, December
19. "We are in possession of what I think to be compelling
evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number
of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage
of weapons of mass destruction." - Sen. Bob Graham (D,
FL), Dec. 8, 2002
Ring a bell? What has so drastically changed in the last two
years that would cause such an abrupt and bizarre change in
what these people say? Could it be their lust for control
of the White House?