A walk down the Historial Record…

New Sisysphus takes a long, detailed look at the Congressional Record concerning Iraq and it’s threat to the United States as perceived by the Congress and the last three Presidents.
He points out such tidbits as:

Whereas in Public Law 105-235 (August 14, 1998), Congress concluded that Iraq’s continuing weapons of mass destruction programs threatened vital United States interests and international peace and security, declared Iraq to be in `material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations’ and urged the President `to take appropriate action, in accordance with the Constitution and relevant laws of the United States, to bring Iraq into compliance with its international obligations’;

(Wait a minute!!! What!?! 1998!?! 1998!?! Why, who was President then? But, hey, it doesn’t matter. It probably got rushed through Congress by a secret Jewish Neo-Con Cabal and the White House while Bill wasn’t paying attention.)

Whereas Iraq both poses a continuing threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region and remains in material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations by, among other things, continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability, actively seeking a nuclear weapons capability, and supporting and harboring terrorist organizations;

(This little gem is real handy next time a Democrat tells you that Iraq was never a threat to the United States. Lots of Democrats thought so at the time. Man, I just *love* the Congressional Record!)

Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction against other nations and its own people

Whereas members of al Qaeda, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq;

Whereas Iraq’s demonstrated capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction, the risk that the current Iraqi regime will either employ those weapons to launch a surprise attack against the United States or its Armed Forces or provide them to international terrorists who would do so, and the extreme magnitude of harm that would result to the United States and its citizens from such an attack, combine to justify action by the United States to defend itself;

and

Whereas the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-338) expressed the sense of Congress that it should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove from power the current Iraqi regime and promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime;

(There’s that damn 1998 stuff again. But, I suppose, if you want to maintain that regime change was Bush’s invention and only his policy, go right ahead and look like a moron. God knows, I won’t stop you.)

There is a lot more. Stop by and read it.

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