View Full Version : Bill Clinton's - Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 - Call for Regime Change

Big Dog
06-05-2012, 08:05 AM
I guarantee you he'll use the arsenal....

- President William Jefferson Clinton ~ 1998

"The House of Representatives passed the bill 360 - 38 on October 5, and the Senate passed it with unanimous consent two days later. President Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act into law on October 31, 1998."

President Clinton stated in February 1998:

Iraq admitted, among other things, an offensive biological warfare capability, notably, 5,000 gallons of botulinum, which causes botulism; 2,000 gallons of anthrax; 25 biological-filled Scud warheads; and 157 aerial bombs. And I might say UNSCOM inspectors believe that Iraq has actually greatly understated its production.... Over the past few months, as [the weapons inspectors] have come closer and closer to rooting out Iraq's remaining nuclear capacity, Saddam has undertaken yet another gambit to thwart their ambitions by imposing debilitating conditions on the inspectors and declaring key sites which have still not been inspected off limits.... It is obvious that there is an attempt here, based on the whole history of this operation since 1991, to protect whatever remains of his capacity to produce weapons of mass destruction, the missiles to deliver them, and the feed stocks necessary to produce them. The UNSCOM inspectors believe that Iraq still has stockpiles of chemical and biological munitions, a small force of Scud-type missiles, and the capacity to restart quickly its production program and build many, many more weapons.... Now, let's imagine the future. What if he fails to comply and we fail to act, or we take some ambiguous third route, which gives him yet more opportunities to develop this program of weapons of mass destruction and continue to press for the release of the sanctions and continue to ignore the solemn commitments that he made? Well, he will conclude that the international community has lost its will. He will then conclude that he can go right on and do more to rebuild an arsenal of devastating destruction. And some day, some way, I guarantee you he'll use the arsenal.... President Clinton ~ 1998[6]"


06-05-2012, 09:12 AM
Guess he was wrong. Point?

06-05-2012, 10:03 AM
The most interesting aspect of the Iraq Liberation Act which had overwhelming political support, is that the military leaders of the time wanted no part of it. Clinton, well he was probably just trying to finesse the Republicans like usual, and wasn't about to force the issue.

The ILA called for the training and supplying of Iraqi groups that opposed Saddam to aid in regime change. But General Anthony Zinni, then CENTCOM commander, thought the idea was a prescription for disaster and even referred to it as "The Bay of Goats".

He had a confrontation with the Republicans in congress (lead by McCain) about it and politely (and not so politely) told him off. Clinton asked the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Hugh Sheldon) to reprimand Zinni but Sheldon agreed with Zinni so the reprimand was little more than name only.

Zinni would remain a strong opponent of the Iraq invasion and stated that the intelligence didn't indicate that Saddam had WMD's, and didn't show a threat. And of course he was proven correct.

06-05-2012, 11:48 AM
So it aint bush's fault..........................lmao

Big Dog
06-06-2012, 11:26 AM
So it aint bush's fault..........................lmao

LOL, well Bill, ... Clinton and the Dems aren't the sweet little innocent babes that the media portrays them to be. :thumbsup:

06-06-2012, 12:55 PM
LOL, well Bill, ... Clinton and the Dems aren't the sweet little innocent babes that the media portrays them to be. :thumbsup:

That's true...........:thumbsup:

They will be though......... The next time an (R) gets to be king of the world.......:o