In an interview Tuesday night with President Bush, ABC correspondent Diane Sawyer asked why the administration stated as a "hard fact" that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had such weapons when it appears now he only had the intent to acquire them.
"So what's the difference?" Bush responded. "The possibility that he could acquire weapons. If he were to acquire weapons, he would be the danger."
-- from The Washington Post 11/18
If he weren't such an inarticulate boob he could have made a better case, like these guys...
'One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.' (1)
'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.' (2)
'Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.' (3)
'He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.' (4)
'[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. 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.' (5)
'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.' (6)
'Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.' (7)
1. President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998.
2. President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998.
3. Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998.
4. Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998
5. Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998.
6. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998.
7. Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999.