February 21, 2004

America did the right thing....

Those of you who think Colin Powell is a Clinton/Kerry/Chirac/StateDepartment type of appeasement-weasel who just went along with liberating Iraq because he was a "good soldier" should just shut up and read this speech, given yesterday at Princeton. Here are a few snippets:

...I've been to northern Iraq. I have visited a city called Halabja. It was in 1988, on a Friday morning, that 5,000 people were murdered in their homes by a chemical weapon, by gas that was delivered by Saddam Hussein, delivered on his own people, and five thousand people died.

I've been to their memorial. I've seen their graves. At that time he had the intention, he had the programs, he had the delivery means and he had the stockpile. Intention, programs, capability, stockpile.

You can have intention, you can have programs, you can have capability to deliver. He may not have the stockpile at the moment. But there was no doubt in my mind, in the President's mind, or any of us who have thought about this and examined this, that there was no intention on his part not to have the intention for such weapons and programs...

...The President understood that. Prime Minister Blair understood that. Prime Minister Aznar understood that. Prime Minister Howard understood that. Prime Minister Berlusconi understood that. President Kwasniewski of Poland understood that. So many other nations understood that.

We weighed all the consequences. The President acted. The other leaders acted, decisively and appropriately...

...And Dr. Kay connected some dots out of all of this, dots he connected on his own: �we know that terrorists were passing through Iraq. And we know now that there was little control over Iraq�s weapons capabilities. I think it shows," he said, "Iraq was a dangerous place�I actually think this may be one of those cases where it was even more dangerous than we thought.�

His conclusion: �I personally believe the war was justified.�...

... Not only have coalition forces rid the world of a regime that was simultaneously building palaces for its pampered and digging mass graves for its innocents, the object lesson of the war has led to some important successes in the non-proliferation area.

So don't let anybody be confused by the debates that are going on. America did the right thing....

Posted by John Weidner at February 21, 2004 7:36 PM
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