RUSH: Back to the audio sound bites. President Clinton this morning with Harry Smith on the Early Show at CBS. Harry Smith said, ‘When you were in Muscatine a week and a half or so ago, right, and said, I’ve always been against this, speaking about the Iraq war, I did a little Googling last night, and the best I could tell was you said the weapons inspectors should be allowed to do their jobs.’
CLINTON: Look, I said something like that a hundred times. I supported threatening Saddam so we could do the inspections. The mistake we made was not letting the inspections finish. If they had, there would have been no war. And I was always against doing it without the inspections. As you pointed out, most of my speeches weren’t getting covered by the press and we didn’t copy them or anything back then. But we do have several records, including one six days before the invasion, where I said, I don’t think they should do this until the inspections finished. That was the deal. And, if we’d done it, there would have been no war.
RUSH: He’s lying again! Didn’t keep his speeches? Well, we did. We have what Clinton said. He wasn’t against the war as he’s trying to say.
Let’s go back to February 17th, 1998. He was president, and this is from his address to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Pentagon staff. He said, ‘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. We have to defend our future from these predators of the twenty-first century. They’ll be all the more lethal if we allow them to build arsenals of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them. We simply cannot allow that to happen. There is no more clear example of this threat than Saddam Hussein.
Bill Clinton, New York Daily News, April 16th, 2003. ”Saddam is gone, and good riddance,’ former President Clinton said yesterday. Clinton also said Bush should not be faulted if banned weapons of mass destruction aren’t found. Said the president, ‘I don’t think you can criticize the president for trying to act on the belief that they have a substantial amount of chemical and biological stock. That is what I was always told.”
May 18th, 2003, at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, during commencement address. ‘I supported the president when he asked the Congress for authority to stand up against weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.’ My question is, Harry Smith, what the hell are you doing? You can’t find these things? All you could find is something Clinton said about inspectors? We’re doing the job the mainstream media should be doing.
TIME Magazine, Bill Clinton, June 28th, 2004. ‘So you’re sitting there as president, you’re reeling in the aftermath of 9/11, so, yeah, you want to go get Bin Laden and do Afghanistan and all that, but you also have to say, well, my first responsibility now is to try everything possible to make sure that this terrorist network and other terrorist networks cannot reach chemical and biological weapons or small amounts of fissile material. I gotta do that. That’s why I supported the Iraq thing.’
He just got away with lying again on the CBS Early Show because their researchers couldn’t find anything other than Clinton talking about weapons inspectors when they Googled. I find it just breathtaking, folks, I do, at how incompetent the Drive-By Media is. They can’t do anything right, and they don’t want to. They don’t want to get it right where the Clintons are concerned.