It appears that the Libs are once again bringing out the old “Bush Lied-People Died” diatribe as evidenced by Tavis Smiley a PBS host who appeared on MSNBC “Morning Joe”. This time Joe Scarborough didn’t roll over. Here is the link for the transcript if you wish to read it. http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/mark-finkelstein/2011/09/12/morning-joe-skirmish-smiley-recycles-bush-lied
I then found a piece of work in the comments section that I think deserves to be re-published. I wish I could give proper credit to the writer but there is no proper name only a monikor. This person went by the monikor “Vet”. So here is to you Vet. For those of you think Bush lied to Congress and the American people in going to war in Iraq, chew on these indisputable facts.
Submitted by The Vet on Mon, 09/12/2011 – 9:39am.
So President Bush lied to Congress in 2002 to get them to pass the Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq. That resolution contained 23 reasons to authorize force, many of them contained in the IRAQ LIBERATION ACT OF 1998 & the IRAQI BREACH OF INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS also in 1998.
Did President Bush go back in time to lie to the Congress in 1998 as well? Let’s break down the 23 points and see where they are found.
1. Iraq invaded Kuwait. — Also found in the Iraq Liberation act of 1998.
2. Iraq was to agree to a U.N cease fire — Also found in the Iraq Liberation act of 1998. Also found in Iraqi Breach of International Obligations.
3. Iraq had a large stockpile of chemical weapons and a biological and nuclear weapsons program — Also found in Iraqi Breach of International Obligations.
4. Iraq thwarted weapons inspectors — Also found in the Iraq Liberation act of 1998. Also found in Iraqi Breach of International Obligations.
5. Iraq was in breach of the internations obligations up to 1998 — Specifically mentions the Iraqi Breach of International Obligations law. Also found in the Iraq Liberation act of 1998.
6. Iraq still in breach of international obligations, still has a chemical and biological capability, and still seeking nuclear capability after 1998.
7. Iraq violated U.N resolutions by suppressing it’s civilian population and still has items stolen from Kuwait — Also found in the Iraq Liberation act of 1998. Also found in the Iraq Liberation act of 1998.
8, Iraq used WMD against other nations and its own people — Also found in the Iraq Liberation act of 1998.
9. Iraq tried to kill former President George H.W. Bush and fired on U.S. military — Also found in the Iraq Liberation act of 1998.
10. Iraq harbors Al Qaeda members.
11. Iraq harbors other terrorsts.
12. September 11, 2001 underscored the gravity of terrorists gaining WMD.
13. Since Iraq has used WMD, there is a risk it may sell WMD to terrorists.
14. U.N Security Council Resolution 678 (1990) authorized the use of all necessary means to enforce prior U.N Resolutions including the development of WMD. Other U.N resolutions told Iraq to comply with weapons inspectors, stop suppressing its civilian population and thretening its neighbors. — Also found in the Iraq Liberation act of 1998. Also found in the Iraq Liberation act of 1998.
15. Public Law 102-1 of 1991, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution, was implemented because Iraq had failed to comply with the many UN Security Council Resolutions. – Also found in the Iraq Liberation act of 1998. Also found in the Iraq Liberation act of 1998.
16. Congress in December 1991, IRAQ AND THE REQUIREMENTS OF SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 687 & 688, supports all necessary means to support UN Security Councel Resolutions.
17. Mention of Iraq Liberation act of 1998.
18. On Sep 12, 2001, President Bush committed us to work with the U.N. Security Council to meet the common challenge posed by Iraq, to work for all necessary resolutions and enforce current ones.
19. The U.S. is commited to prosecute the War on Terror. Iraq supports international terrorism, has developed WMD, and has violated UNSC resolutions. All UNSC resolutions must be enforced by all means necessary including the use of force.
20. Congress has taken steps to pursue the War on Terror including provision of authorities and funding to take necessary actions against international terrorist organizations including those nations or organizations who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001 or harbored such persons or organizations.
21. Congress will continue to take action against those nations, organizations or persons who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such persons or organizations.
22. The President has the authority under the Constituton to act against and protect the U.S from terrorists under Public Law 107-40, Authorization for Use of Military Force, on September 18,2001.
23. It is in the national security interest of the U.S to restore peace the the Persian Gulf region.
All items in bold were mentioned in Laws PRIOR to President Bush.
Items 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23 were not mentioned in the 1998 laws.
Items 12 and 13 only speak to risks not actual events, that leaves Items 6, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23.
Items 17, 18, 20, & 22 list historical actions. That leaves 6, 10, 11, 19, 21, & 23.
Items 19, 21 and 23 speak to commitments and interests of the U.S. That leaves Items 6, 10 & 11.
Items 10 & 11 spoke to Iraq harboring terrorists. Abdul Rahman Yasin, involved in the 1993 bombing of the WTC, was harbored in Iraq. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi settled in Iraq in 2002, ABU MUSA’AB AL-ZARQAWI [AKAs: KHALAILAH, Ahmed Fadee Ii AL-KHALAYLAH, Ahmad Fadil Nazzali ABU AL-MU’TAZ], has ties to al-Qaida, Asbat al-Ansar and Hizballah.
That leaves Item 6, let’s look at that —
Whereas Iraq both poses a continuing threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region and remains in material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations by, among other things, continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability, actively seeking a nuclear weapons capability, and supporting and harboring terrorist organizations
So, where is the lie in there that Bush supplied to the Congress in 2002?
The Duelfer Report confirmed the findings of Item 6 —
…Saddam retained the capacity and the intent to restart his production of WMDs once the U.N. sanctions regime had finally crumbled. In this he was clearly in breach of U.N. resolution 1441. The Iraqi Intelligence Service maintained a set of undeclared laboratories to research and test chemical and biological weapons, including through human tests. He had the capacity to produce, within six months, sulfur mustard and, within two years, nerve agents. The Survey Group also concluded that Saddam still had dreams of acquiring nuclear weapons and that he intended to resume his missile programs, potentially for the delivery of WMD.
The bottom line is this, Bush didn’t lie. Unlike the present occupant of the White House, who has been caught lying often from “Insurance companies denied my mother coverage” to “Obamacare will lower health care cost” President Bush is an honorable man.