Texas Rainmaker
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September 17th, 2004 10:20 am
Dealing with Recognized Threats…
Get ready for the Left to get all frothy in the mouth about the leaks regarding the WMD report. The report finds that while Saddam may not have been possessing stockpiles of WMDs, he left signs that he had idle programs he someday hoped to revive. What does this mean? Well, if we take North Korea as an example and parallel the two countries and the two different U.S. administrations’ positions, we see exactly what it means:

North Korea - threats of nuclear programs. Clinton enters into 1994 Framework Agreement, asking NK for a promise that they won’t build nuclear weapons with their program, in return for U.S. cooperation in helping them build their light-water reactors. 2004, NK now admits to having nuclear weapons and is trying to blackmail the U.S. and other nations into concessions for the promise not to use them.

Iraq - threats of nuclear and bio programs. Previous use of such weapons. Instead of negotiating a sweetheart deal with a tyrannical dictator, U.S. launches attack, with the aid of 30+ other countries, to insure the threats never fully materialize like they did in NK. 2004, dictator in jail awaiting trial, unable to revive weapons programs as desired.

If those opposed to the Iraq war had their way, Saddam would be in power, continuing to kills hundreds of thousands, those lucky enough to just die versus the unspeakable torture he liked to inflict, and scheming on ways to revive his weapons programs. He would continue to be violating U.N. resolutions by building UAVs and importing banned materials. According to the report due out soon, Saddam “left signs that he had idle programs he someday hoped to revive.” President Bush has taken the steps to insure those programs will never be revived by Saddam. Period. End of story. But it seems some would’ve preferred he entered into an arm’s length deal with Saddam, to exchange aid on WMD programs, for a promise from the madman that he’d never do anything wrong.
If there’s any doubt Saddam could not be trusted to keep his word, let’s just follow the trail of U.N. Resolutions…

RESOLUTION 678 (1990) - Adopted by the Security Council at its 2963rd meeting on 29 November 1990:

1. Demands that Iraq comply fully with resolution 660 (1990) and all subsequent relevant resolutions, and decides, while maintaining all its decisions, to allow Iraq one final opportunity, as a pause of goodwil, to do so.

“One final opportunity”…. That was 14 years and 17 resolutions ago. If he was a man of his word, it should’ve only taken one resolution. If inspections really worked, we wouldn’t be reading a report today saying Saddam “left signs that he had idle programs he someday hoped to revive,” despite almost two dozen resolutions offering “final chances” for him to completely abandon, dismantle and destroy all WMDs and WMD programs. I’m glad we have a President strong enough to call bullshit on this… especially in a world after 9/11 when we’re blamed for “lack of imagination” leading to terrorism within our borders.

2. Authorizes Member States co-operating with the Government of Kuwait, unless Iraq on or before 15 January 1991 fully implements, as set forth in paragraph 1 above, the above-mentioned resolutions, to use all necessary means to uphold and implement resolution 660 (1990) and all subsequent relevant resolutions and to restore international peace and security in the area.

“Authorizes member states… to use all necessary means”… The U.S. is a member state. Military force is included in “all necessary means”. If that wasn’t the case, they would’ve worded it to say, “all diplomatic means” or “all means of negotiation”…
RESOLUTION 687 (1991) - Adopted by the Security Council at its 2981st meeting, on 3 April 1991:

Conscious of the threat that all weapons of mass destruction pose to peace and security in the area and of the need to work towards the establishment in the Middle East of a zone free of such weapons…

Deploring threats made by Iraq during the recent conflict to make use of terrorism against targets outside Iraq and the taking of hostages by Iraq.

8. Decides that Iraq shall unconditionally accept the destruction, removal, or rendering harmless, under international supervision, of:

(a) All chemical and biological weapons and all stocks of agents and all related subsystems and components and all research, development, support and manufacturing facilities;

(b) All ballistic missiles with a range greater than 150 kilometres and related major parts, and repair and production facilities;

The U.N. explicitly recognized the danger of WMD and WMD programs in the hands of a ruthless dictator like Saddam, who’d both invaded other countries and used WMDs in the past. Duelfer also says Iraq only had small research and development programs for chemical and biological weapons. I’m sorry, is a “small nuclear weapon” okay? Is a “small biological agent” slipped into a thousand envelopes and mailed to Americans not really a big deal? Color me confused, but isn’t ANY “development program for chemical and biological WEAPONS” an issue in the hands of a tyrannical dictator who’s used biological weapons on civilians in the past and is hell bent on seeing dead Americans, a threat to the world?

Heck, even John Kerry spent the last 14 years warning America of the threat posed by Saddam.

According to people familiar with the soon-to-be-released 1,500-page report, the head of the Iraq Survey Group, Charles Duelfer, will find that Saddam was importing banned materials, working on unmanned aerial vehicles in violation of U.N. agreements and maintaining a dual-use industrial sector that could produce weapons.

10. Decides that Iraq shall unconditionally undertake not to use, develop, construct or acquire any of the items specified in paragraphs 8 and 9 above and requests the Secretary-General, in consultation with the Special Commission, to develop a plan for the future ongoing monitoring and verification of Iraq’s compliance with this paragraph, to be submitted to the Security Council for approval within one hundred and twenty days of the passage of this resolution.

Yet, according to people familiar with the 1,500-page report, the head of the Iraq Survey Group, Charles Duelfer, will find that Saddam was importing banned materials, working on unmanned aerial vehicles in violation of U.N. agreements and maintaining a dual-use industrial sector that could produce weapons.
What was he planning on doing with those illegal materials, vehicles and weapons programs? To suggest we should’ve left him alone, or worse, aided him like we did Kim Jong Il, is na�ve at best and pure idiotic lunacy at worst.

Folks, 3,000 Americans are dead because some motivated terrorists bought airline tickets and two dollar box cutters. What in the hell do you think the leader of an entire country could do with biological and chemical weapons in his control? If you don’t know the answer, open your damn eyes.

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