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Dems running on stolen valor?

Dave Weinbaum

By Dave Weinbaum

Published December 30, 2014

  Dems running on stolen valor?
Democrats supported the war in Afghanistan overwhelmingly, voting unanimously for it on 9/14/2001. Not only did 58% of the Dem Senate vote for war on Iraq and Saddam on 10/11/2002 but they based it on a display of bravado General George Patton would have been proud of, starting in 1998. For those in Branson, that year was nearly three years before Bush and Cheney took office in the disputed election against ALGORE. Here's what they said:

Democrat Quotes on Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction

"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."

        — President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

"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."

        — President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

"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." --Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."

        — Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

"[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."

        — From Letter to President Clinton, signed by -- Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998

"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."

        — Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

"Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies."

        — Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

"There is no doubt that ... Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies."

        — From Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), and others, Dec 5, 2001

"We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and th! e means of delivering them."

        — Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002

"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."

        — Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

"Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power." -- Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."

        — Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..."

        — Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

"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."

        — Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction."

        — Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

"He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do" -- Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002

"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."

        — Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

"We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction."

        — Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002

"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real..."

        — Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003 From www.davidstuff.com

I would especially like you to note your current Secretary of State, Swift Boat Commander, John F. Kerry. Shortly after being quoted above, Senator Kerry suddenly became anti-war. "Not fit for Command" Kerry, as designated by his fellow Swift Boat Navy buds, failed in his duplicity to steal power.

Almost every single one of these cheap politicians turned against President Bush and Vice President Cheney. They didn't stop with them. They called our troops stupid murderers. Kerry and the Dems lambasted General Patraeus as General Betrayus -- making up lies about WMDS they had been touting as true well before Bush and 9/11. They disgraced our troops, our country, our allies and energized terrorists and other enemies.

If Abraham Lincoln had gone along with the Democrat Congress of his time, we might still have slavery. At least, during the Civil War, most Democrats were consistent with demanding blacks be under their control.

Fast forward to the last month and you've witnessed another mass deceit by Congressional Democrats. Senator Diane Feinstein unilaterally released a report so tainted that even John Kerry told her to shut up. Did Feinstein do it to punish an American public who voted to take her Select Committee on Intelligence Chair away? Was she striking back at the CIA for spying on her? Was she again blaming Bush and Cheney for the failed policies of B. Hussein Obama and her boss in the Senate, Harry Reid? Or, was it all of the above? What matters is this slanted piece of propaganda exposes our patriots to murder from terrorists and prosecution from the government, international or otherwise. Feinstein refused to interview CIA personnel before the release of this tawdry, cheap shot. CIA heads from Obama's current one, John O. Brennan to others who held the post all signed off on Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EITs) and without exception said they revealed upcoming attacks and saved American lives.

The Justice Department ruled the (EITs) as legal! Just to put the dot on the "I," Obama and Holder refused to prosecute anyone for torture when they had the chance to in 2009.

Now Feinstein and most of the Dems want a do-over? If one hair on the head of any US participants in the EITs is damaged, Diane Feinstein and all the Dems who supported this shameful report being released should be tried for treason.

From 2002 until 2009, the CIA briefed all members of Congress on EITs — forty times. On May 26, 2002, the NY Times quoted Feinstein as saying the attacks of 9/11were a real awakening and that it would no longer be "business as usual." She went on to say that the attacks let us know that the threat is profound and that we have to do some things that historically we have not wanted to do to protect ourselves."

On March 2, 2003, powerful Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller, was interviewed by CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the recently captured Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the architect of the 9/11 attacks. Rockefeller told Blitzer that "…happily we don't know where KSM is. (He was being held in Pakistan.) He's in safekeeping under American protection. He'll be grilled by us. I'm sure we'll be proper with him—but I'm sure we'll be very, very tough with him." When asked how KSM would be interrogated, Rockefeller told CNN's audience that "…there are presidential memorandums that prescribe and allow certain measures to be taken—but we have to be careful. On the other hand, he does have the information. Getting that information will save American lives. We have no business not getting that information." Further in the interview when asked if the USA should turn KSM over to a friendly country with no restrictions against torture, the Senator responded, "I wouldn't take anything off the table where he is concerned, because this is the man who has killed hundreds and hundreds of Americans over the last ten years."

Nancy Pelosi denies being briefed. Others, who were there, have informed her that she was present. Was she lying, delusional or both?

When asked by host Chuck Todd about his definition of torture on Meet the Press, ex-VP Dick Cheney said, ""Torture to me is an American Citizen on a cell phone making a call to his four young daughters shortly before he burnt to death in the upper levels of the Trade Center in New York on 9/11."

As Rob O'Neill, the man who used KSM's knowledge to put three bullets in Osama bin-Laden's head said, "If you can walk away from it, it's not torture."

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DaveWeinbaum.com. He is a businessman, writer and part-time stand-up comic and resides in a Midwest red state.

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