Saddam's terror

Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that his intelligence service had warned the Bush administration before the U.S. invasion of Iraq that Saddam Hussein’s regime was planning attacks against U.S. targets both inside and outside the country.

One thing the left has been consistantly harping since the war began is that there is no connection between Iraq and 9/11.

It's one thing to say Saddam planned 9/11 and quite another to say Saddam had contacts with Al Qaeda, funded and aided terrorists, and made plans for acts of terror himself.

After a week of not reading a newspaper or watching TV, I see headlines like this, "Panel finds no Saddam tie to 9/11." That's great but no one explicitly claimed that Saddam was behind 9/11. If you dig a little deeper you find that there are a few more details to this story that contradict the headlines and the liberal mantra.

The Sept. 11 panel reported this week that while there were contacts between al Qaeda and Iraq they did not appear to have produced "a collaborative relationship."

The report "establishes our conclusion that there was no participation of Iraq, at least we have no evidence of it, in the plot itself," former Navy Secretary John Lehman, a member of the panel, said Thursday on CBS News' The Early Show.

"But there is clear evidence that in years past, particularly when Osama and al Qaeda were in Sudan, there were contacts, there was an effort to cooperate in training in weapons particularly," said Lehman. "So it's a mixed picture."

"What we have found is, were there contacts between al Qaeda and Iraq? Yes. Some of them were shadowy but they were there," said Tom Kean, the Republican former governor of New Jersey, who is chairman.

Like President Bush, Kean said there was no evidence that Iraq aided in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. -cbsnews

Despite the attempt to rewrite the arguments for war it is clear why Saddam Hussein's regime is no longer in power in Iraq and why it would be a mistake to elect Kerry. President Bush did not lie and has been consistent about his administration's actions from the start.

Our nation will continue to be steadfast and patient and persistent in the pursuit of two great objectives. First, we will shut down terrorist camps, disrupt terrorist plans, and bring terrorists to justice. And, second, we must prevent the terrorists and regimes who seek chemical, biological or nuclear weapons from threatening the United States and the world. (Applause.)

Our military has put the terror training camps of Afghanistan out of business, yet camps still exist in at least a dozen countries. A terrorist underworld -- including groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Jaish-i-Mohammed -- operates in remote jungles and deserts, and hides in the centers of large cities.

...My hope is that all nations will heed our call, and eliminate the terrorist parasites who threaten their countries and our own. Many nations are acting forcefully. Pakistan is now cracking down on terror, and I admire the strong leadership of President Musharraf. (Applause.)

But some governments will be timid in the face of terror. And make no mistake about it: If they do not act, America will. (Applause.)

Our second goal is to prevent regimes that sponsor terror from threatening America or our friends and allies with weapons of mass destruction. Some of these regimes have been pretty quiet since September the 11th. But we know their true nature. North Korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, while starving its citizens.

Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror, while an unelected few repress the Iranian people's hope for freedom.

Iraq continues to flaunt its hostility toward America and to support terror. The Iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax, and nerve gas, and nuclear weapons for over a decade. This is a regime that has already used poison gas to murder thousands of its own citizens -- leaving the bodies of mothers huddled over their dead children. This is a regime that agreed to international inspections -- then kicked out the inspectors. This is a regime that has something to hide from the civilized world.

States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic.

January 29, 2002

Posted by Eric Simonson at June 18, 2004 9:15 PM