When it comes to Iraq, one of the first accusations from the Democratic Left is: "Bush Lied about WMD". The word "Lied" carries with it the specific charge of dishonesty; of saying something "which is known" to be false or incomplete at the time of issue. History does not make a statement a lie, because you can only lie in the present. Any past statement does not then automatically become a lie unless it was a lie when that statement was made. History may show something to be incorrect or wrong, but whatever was said does not become a lie. In light of this, carefully review the following quotes. If you still insist that Bush lied, then you must also insist that all these Democrats lied too.
All of the following quotes are taken from What Democrats Said about Iraq's WMD dated November 2, 2005 by Rush Limbaugh.
Senator John Kerry, October 9th, 2002
"I will be voting to give the president of the US the authority to use force if necessary to disarm Saddam because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."John Kerry, January 23rd, 2003:
"Without question we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator leading an impressive regime. He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. And now he's miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction."Bill Clinton, February 17th, 1998
"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."Madeleine Albright, February 1st, 1998
"We must stop Saddam from ever again jeopardizing the stability and the security of his neighbors with weapons of mass destruction."Madeleine Albright, Clinton's secretary of state, November 10th, 1999
"Hussein has chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies."From a letter to President Clinton signed by Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, October 9th, 1998
"We urge you, after consulting with Congress and consistent with the US 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."Nancy Pelosi, December 16th, 1998
"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."Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), September 19th, 2002
"We begin with a common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations, is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them."Al Gore, September 23rd, 2002
"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, September 23rd, 2002
"We know that he has stored nuclear supplies, secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."Ted Kennedy, September 27th, 2002
"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."Robert Byrd (D-WV) October 3rd, 2002.
"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of '98. 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."Senator Bob Graham, Democrat, Florida, December 2002
"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."Senator Hillary Clinton, October 10th of 2002
"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, 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."Senator Jay Rockefeller, October 10th, 2002
"There was 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 that we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction."These people all had access to the same intelligence and access to the same experts that President Bush had and they came to the same conclusion. They were all wrong, but that doesn't mean any of them lied. So it's about time we put the "Bush Lied" claim where it belongs. Debunked