“America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.” George W Bush
After the horrific attacks of 9/11, President Bush called for bipartisan support to take the battle away from American soil and confront those that would threaten not only our Country, but also other countries across the world. In his State of the Union speech on January 29,2002, President Bush declared Iraq as one of three countries that were to be deemed as the Axis of Evil. The President stated:
“Iraq continues to flaunt its hostility toward America and to support terror. The Iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax and nerve gas and nuclear weapons for over a decade. This is a regime that has already used poison gas to murder thousands of its own citizens, leaving the bodies of mothers huddled over their dead children. This is a regime that agreed to international inspections, then kicked out the inspectors. This is a regime that has something to hide from the civilized world….States like these and their terrorist allies constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world.”
The threat of Iraq and weapons of mass destruction was not only a grave concern for President Bush, but for President Clinton as well. President Clinton ordered strikes on Iraq on December 16, 1998 stating, “Earlier today, I ordered America’s armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces. Their mission is to attack Iraq’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors.”
Because of the threat of WMD’s, President Clinton signed into law The Iraq Liberation Act on October 31, 1998. The Act declared that it was the policy of the United States to support a regime change in Iraq. It was President Clinton’s belief that Iraq was a threat to not only the United States, but to the stability of the Middle East as well.
On March 19, 2003, the start of the Iraq War began. The US military, along with many of its allies were quickly able to send Saddam and his regime fleeing the palace that was once held as their sanctuary. Once removed, the search for WMD’s began.
But where were they? Where did they go? We knew that they had them. They admitted to such and even used them on their own people? Yet, despite the intelligence, they were nowhere to be found. What happened to the WMD’s??
Many have speculated that Syria may have harbored these weapons since they helped Iraq evade UN imposed sanctions by shipping military and other products across its borders. However, U.S. investigators hunting for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq found no evidence that such material was moved to Syria for safekeeping before the war.
Since those findings, those on the left have rabidly attacked President Bush on invading Iraq based on a lie. After all, no weapons of mass destruction were ever recovered so therefore, Iraq never possessed them, right? The thought that Syria would have taken possession of them was so far off limits to them that to even suggest that, would make you an accomplice to this heinous crime. However, to President Bush’s strongest supporters, there was never any doubt as to where they ultimately ended up.
Yes, President Bush’s strongest supporters, through all of the mockery from the left, have always maintained that Syria did indeed have Iraq’s missing WMD’s.
So just when you think that President Bush and his supporters may never be vindicated, out pops a statement from none other than Obama’s newly confirmed Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel. (This just happened to coincide with the dedication of the George W. Bush Library.) In his statement, Hagel announced that the United States has evidence that the chemical weapon sarin has been used in Syria on a small scale. What? Could it be?
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said in a statement, “Syria has the ability to kill tens of thousands with its chemical weapons. The world must come together to prevent this by unified action which results in the secure containment of Syria’s significant stockpile of chemical weapons.”
Please take note that this statement was made by Senator Feinstein and not President Bush. However, the Obama administration cautions that we need to investigate this before we should jump to conclusions as to the origin of these weapons and to the extent of how they were used.
It is not known where Syria may have attained the chemical weapon sarin, as the investigation is still premature. However, it does appear that those on the left may finally have to confront the fact that Syria may have indeed harbored the missing WMD’s after all. Of course if you ask the Bush supporters, there was never a doubt that Syria has always been the missing link.
So tell us Chuck, where did the WMD sarin come from? We will anxiously await what we already know.