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Drudge quotes Kerry out of Context

In a story that is most likely to be brought up in political debate around the country the Drudge Report says that Sen. Kerry warned of Iraq’s WMD back in 1997, but if you actually read what he said you’ll see Kerry was quoted out of context.

“It is not possible to overstate the ominous implications for the Middle East if Saddam were to develop and successfully militarize and deploy potent biological weapons.” (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 11/9/97, pp. S12254 -S12255)

Hey Drudge, notice the "if" in that sentence? He's not warning or even promoting the fact that Iraq had/has WMD's. Throughout the article the quotes support a stance ANY American would stand by: IF it was found that Iraq possessed WMD and was actively manufacturing such weapons then we should use military action, even if the UN doesn't go along.

Things get even more hairy now that it is being suggested that Intelligence was used "selectively" by the British and most likely the US. The fact is Kerry never said he believed Iraq had WMD's, he only stated the obvious; if Iraq had WMD they would be in breach of UN sanctions and should be dealt with accordingly.

Posted by joestump at June 20, 2003 7:52 AM