Deception RememberedBy Emelius at 12:50 PM
Iraq: Denial and Deception. That is the title of a speech given by Bush on October 7th 2002. In this speech at the Cincinnati Museum Center, Bush outlined the grave threat that Iraq posed. I propose that the speech instead should have been called 'Bush: Denial and Deception'. This speech highlights many of the lies that president Bush told the American people in order to get his war against Iraq. Most of the content of this speech would later be found to be false.
And surveillance photos reveal that the regime is rebuilding facilities that it had used to produce chemical and biological weapons. Every chemical and biological weapon that Iraq has or makes is a direct violation of the truce that ended the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Yet, Saddam Hussein has chosen to build and keep these weapons despite international sanctions, U.N. demands, and isolation from the civilized world.
Iraq possesses ballistic missiles with a likely range of hundreds of miles -- far enough to strike Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, and other nations -- in a region where more than 135,000 American civilians and service members live and work. We've also discovered through intelligence that Iraq has a growing fleet of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to disperse chemical or biological weapons across broad areas. We're concerned that Iraq is exploring ways of using these UAVS for missions targeting the United States. And, of course, sophisticated delivery systems aren't required for a chemical or biological attack; all that might be required are a small container and one terrorist or Iraqi intelligence operative to deliver it.