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Friday, June 17, 2005

Just a reminder...

It wasn't just the Repugs who lied us into war:
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, and 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.
-- Hillary Clinton

I will be voting to give the president of the United States the authority to use force - if necessary - to disarm Saddam Hussein 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 (both quotes from this article by Joshua Frank)

And if you're wondering why Kerry didn't jump on the Downing Street Memo like he promised his constituents he would do, maybe he went back and read what he'd said when he voted to authorize the criminal war in Iraq:
President Bush could well have taken his office, backed by our sense of urgency about holding Saddam Hussein accountable and, with an international United Nations, backed a multilateral stamp of approval record on a clear demand for the disarmament of Saddam Hussein's Iraq. We could have had that and we would not be here debating this today. But the administration missed an opportunity 2 years ago and particularly a year ago after September 11. They regrettably, and even clumsily, complicated their own case. The events of September 11 created new understanding of the terrorist threat and the degree to which every nation is vulnerable. That understanding enabled the administration to form a broad and impressive coalition against terrorism. Had the administration tried then to capitalize on this unity of spirit to build a coalition to disarm Iraq, we would not be here in the pressing days before an election, late in this year, debating this now.
That is, Kerry can't really complain about Bush having a pre-determined agenda to rush us into war when he had earlier complained that Bush was clumsily slow in getting us into war.

We not only need to get rid of the Bushies--we need to get rid of their scumbag Democratic enablers. Democrats, liberals, progressives--any members of the reality-based community--should support the removal from public office of anyone who supported the criminal invasion of Iraq or currently supports the criminal occupation. We question how Bush could give the Medal of Freedom to someone who lied us into war like George Tenet, all while trying to promote John Friggin' Kerry to the White House. Bush lied; Kerry lied. Thousands died.