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.
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.
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.
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;
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.
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.