"What difference" "does it make?"
I seriously doubt that Clinton would have ever invaded Iraq and neither would've Gore. The only people really intent on attacking Iraq were Bush and his neocon advisors and they said as much in a letter to Clinton back in 1998.Think back to 2003 when the Bush administration first went in front of Congress. Before WMD's were part of going to war. Remember ?
FWI: I was not a big supporter of going in too Iraq, especially with Clinton's military, only being able to put 200,000 boots on the ground.
But once our troops crossed the border in to Iraq, remembering what it was like being stabbed in the back while on the battlefield of Vietnam by my own peers and the Democrats who sent me to Vietnam, never again. Once our troops were committed, I was going to back them up 100 %
Letter to President Clinton on Iraq
Which btw the Majority of Democrats, Clinton and Obama knew what it was like in Libya since the ouster of Gadhafi. Which they knew it was the Will Wild West and that the TNC could not protect our people. That's the Host government. That Clinton failed to make any note of, while sending Stevens there to assist in the removal of weapons to Syria. Despite the US denial and despite Clintons Friends of Syria Meetings wherein she admitted to the US involvement in assisting with soft aid.
Moreover this does not include compromising the CIA and any operations they had going on. As well as the Safe-house.
There are or were to many Americans who thought the war against Al Qaeda was all about Bin Laden. Many think that Bin Laden was the mastermind of 9/11. Bin Laden only signed off on the 9/11 attacks and financed the operation.
The mastermind of 9/11, the person who planned it, oversaw the training, the command and control of the attacks on 9-11-01 was Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. (Rod Jeremy's look alike) KSM was captured in 2003, he was #2 in the Al Qaeda organization.
And as we saw, when the CIA threw some water in the face of KSM, the liberals went berserk ! Even though they don't have the cajones to admit that the information that was gathered from enhanced interrogation of KSM led to finding OBL.
The vast majority of Americans are clueless on how the Bush administration was fighting Al Qaeda. The reason why they are clueless is because they aren't suppose to know. They aren't in the position to know.
Remember last year when someone in the CIA sent up a red flag that the Obama administration has been working off of all of the intelligence gathered during the Bush administration and it drying up fast because the Obama administration is killing Al Qaeda instead of capturing Al Qaeda to gather intelligence information. May explain why the Obama administration were clueless that Al Qaeda was in Libya. One has to wonder if Obama really thought that Al Qaeda was close to be being defeated and wasn't aware that during his term in office that Al Qaeda has expanded all over the Middle East and North Africa. If Obama did know, then he was lying to the American people to get reelected telling America that "Al Qaeda is on the run"
We didn't go in to Afghanastan just to capture or kill OBL, we went in to Afghanastan to remove the Taliban who allowed Al Qaeda to use Afghanastan for training and to launch terrorist attacks against the Western world from. The Taliban weren't terrorist, they have never launched a terrorist attack against Westerners outside of Afghasatan.
And I concur, Clinton is a pantywaist, he never had the cajones to deal with Saddam Huesain. But G.W. Bush did.
>" I. CLINTON SIGNS IRAQ LIBERATION ACT, WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT, OCT 31
II. '99 APPROPRIATIONS BILL, IRAQ OPPOSITION, SIGNED BY CLINTON OCT 21
III. INC WELCOMES IRAQ LIBERATION ACT, PRESS STATEMENT, OCT 31
Today is the 89th day without weapons inspections in Iraq and the first
day without UNSCOM monitoring.
"Iraq News" is preparing an issue on Iraq's decision to suspend UNSCOM
monitoring. Meanwhile, this issue deals with the developments
regarding the policy promoted by Congress to deal with the Iraqi threat,
namely to overthrow Saddam.
On Oct 30, Radio Free Iraq began broadcasting. In an Oct 30 press
statement, David Newton, head of RFI, explained "that in addition to
local news about Iraq, programs will focus on democracy, free speech and
human rights. 'Under the dictatorship of President Saddam Hussein,
people in Iraq never a chance to hear about these issues,' said Newton,
a former US ambassador to Iraq. He says broadcasts to Iraq will
eventually expand to six hours a day, airing in the Arabic as well as
Kurdish languages." Transcripts and RealAudio of the broadcasts will be
available at Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Yesterday, Clinton signed into law HR 4655, the "Iraq Liberation Act
of 1998." In a presidential statement, issued by the White House,
Clinton said, "This Act makes clear that it is the sense of the Congress
that the United States should support those elements of the Iraqi
opposition that advocate a very different future for Iraq than the
bitter reality of internal repression and external aggression that the
current regime in Baghdad now offers. . . . On October 21, 1998, I
signed into law the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental
Appropriations Act, 1999, which made $8 million available for assistance
to the Iraqi democratic opposition. . . My Administration, as required
by that statue, has also begun to implement a program to compile
information regarding allegations of genocide, crimes against humanity,
and war crimes by Iraq's current leaders as a step towards bringing to
justice those directly responsible for such acts."
Indeed, Sec 590 of the omnibus appropriations bill stated that "not
less than $8,000,000 shall be made available for assistance to the Iraqi
democratic opposition. Of this amount, not less than $3,000,000 should
be made available as a grant for the Iraq National Congress. The
conferees also direct the Administration to provide not less than
$3,000,000 as a grant to the Iraqi Campaign to Indict Iraqi War
Criminals to be used to compile information to support the indictment of
Iraqi officials for war crimes. The conferees direct the Administration
to provide not less than $2,000,000 for the conduct of activities by the
Iraqi democratic opposition inside Iraq."
The president of the INC's Executive Council welcomed Clinton's
signature of the Iraq Liberation Act, in an Oct 31 statement that began
by condemning Saddam's suspension of UNSCOM monitoring, while hailing
the president's signing of the legislation and thanking the US Congress.
The statement concluded, "Saddam is the problem and he cannot be part of
any solution in Iraq. Therefore, President Clinton's action today is
the most appropriate response to Saddam. Let him know that Iraqis will
rise up to liberate themselves from his totalitarian dictatorship and
that the US is ready to help their democratic forces with arms to do so.
Only then will the trail of tragedy in Iraq end. Only then will Iraq be
free of weapons of mass destruction."
I. CLINTON SIGNS IRAQ LIBERATION ACT
October 31, 1998
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
October 31, 1998
Statement by thePpresident
Today I am signing into law H.R. 4655, the "Iraq Liberation Act of
1998." This Act makes clear that it is the sense of the Congress that
the United States should support those elements of the Iraqi opposition
that advocate a very different future for Iraq than the bitter reality
of internal repression and external aggression that the current regime
in Baghdad now offers.
Let me be clear on what the U.S. objectives are:
The United States wants Iraq to rejoin the family of nations as a
freedom-loving and law-abiding member. This is in our interest and that
of our allies within the region.
The United States favors an Iraq that offers its people freedom
at home. I categorically reject arguments that this is unattainable
due to Iraq's history or its ethnic or sectarian make-up. Iraqis
deserve and desire freedom like everyone else.
The United States looks forward to a democratically supported
regime that would permit us to enter into a dialogue leading to the
reintegration of Iraq into normal international life.
My Administration has pursued, and will continue to pursue, these
objectives through active application of all relevant United Nations
Security Council resolutions. The evidence is overwhelming that such
changes will not happen under the current Iraq leadership.
In the meantime, while the United States continues to look to the
Security Council's efforts to keep the current regime's behavior in
check, we look forward to new leadership in Iraq that has the support of
the Iraqi people. The United States is providing support to opposition
groups from all sectors of the Iraqi community that could lead to a
popularly supported government.
On October 21, 1998, I signed into law the Omnibus Consolidated
and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999, which made $8
million available for assistance to the Iraqi democratic opposition.
This assistance is intended to help the democratic opposition unify,
work together more effectively, and articulate the aspirations of the
Iraqi people for a pluralistic, participatory political system that will
include all of Iraq's diverse ethnic and religious groups. As required
by the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for FY 1998 (Public Law
105-174), the Department of State submitted a report to the Congress on
plans to establish a program to support the democratic opposition. My
Administration, as required by that statute, has also begun to implement
a program to compile information regarding allegations of genocide,
crimes against humanity, and war crimes by Iraq's current leaders as a
step towards bringing to justice those directly responsible for such
The Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 provides additional,
discretionary authorities under which my Administration can act to
further the objectives I outlined above. There are, of course, other
important elements of U.S. policy. These include the maintenance of
U.N. Security Council support [for] efforts to eliminate Iraq's
prohibited weapons and missile programs and economic sanctions that
continue to deny the regime the means to reconstitute those threats to
international peace and security. United States support for the Iraqi
opposition will be carried out consistent with those policy objectives
Similarly, U.S. support must be attuned to what the opposition can
effectively make use of as it develops over time. With those
observations, I sign H.R. 4655 into law.
WILLIAM J. CLINTON
THE WHITE HOUSE,
October 31, 1998 "< Clinton Signs Iraq Liberation Act