Originally quoted from SAS23:
"Incidentally, just because a country doesn't permit inspectors into their country does not necessarily mean that they have something to hide".
That's irrelavant. Iraq AGREED to inspections as a CONDITION of their choice to surrender in 1991. By blocking/denying inspectors, they are in violation of UN resolution and the cease fire agreement.
Now, we have a choice when he's defiant. We either let him be defiant, thus discrediting the already laughable UN OR we maintain the RESOLVE and UNITY (both union terms, yes?) of the UN, it's members, and it's resolutions not only to Saddam but to the rest of the world.
Answer me this: What message are we sending to all future nations that may have UN resolutions against them in the future if we allow Saddam to walk all over the UN and it's resolutions? The Middle East's impression of the UN, it's power, and it's resolve is already extremely soggy. They know that all they have to do is wait while the rest of the "civilized" world tires and bores of the issue and then can go right back to what they were doing before w/o consequence.
This wishy/washy approach to foreign relations is what made the Clinton administration such a foreign policy disgrace.
Oh, by the way, why were the likes of you not demanding congressional resolutions to go into Kosovo? Why were you not demanding a declaration of war? Additionally, all the "permission" W needs already came from them on September 14th, 2001 when they VOTED to grant this power to the President. Are you saying they "didn't mean it" when they voted for it? Or maybe they were just afraid of public reaction and appearing partison so quickly after the attacks of September 11th.
Don't forget that we were retaliating against someone who attacked us repeatedly throughout Clinton's occupation begining only a month into his 1st term. Here's a re-cap for you:
#1 WTC, 1993 - The first attack against the WTC -
Response: Local conspirators convicted with the
exception of one who escaped. No response at all to
#2 Somalia, 1993 - Battle launched against America
troops by Somali gangs and Usama followers. 18
Americans killed, US soldier dragged through the
streets. US Response - Clinton orders that we turn tail
and flee. This was later found to be one of Usama's
major motivators in going after us.
#3 Riyadh, 1995 - A bomb in a van at the US military
headquarters kills 7. US Response: The US sends a
team of agents to investigage. Nothing comes out of
the investigation. Saudi officials arrest 4 who are later
#4 Dhahran, 1996 - A truck bomb at a US military
barracks kills 19 Americans. US Response: 5 years
later, a Federal Grand Jury indicts 13 on charges of
taking part. None are in US custody and experts say
the suspects are not likely to be extradited.
#5 Nairobi, 1998 - US Embassy bombed. US
Response: See next.
#6 Dar es Salaam, 1998 - Another US Embassy
bombed. US Response: Clinton orders a limited
missile attack within hours of his scheduled testimony
with regards to the Monica Lewinsky situation. The
targets' validity is seriously scrutinized by members
from both parties, but requests to investigate validity
of targets, while welcomed by Sudan, are rejected by
the White House. Former President Carter expresses
anger at the Clinton Administration for his suspected
rush in response, it's very curious timing, and their
stonewalling in requests for investigation citing that
such investigations should be able to validate the
White House's actions, if they prove to be in favor of
the President's decisions. Clinton later calls the attack
on Afghanastan one that "Almost got him (Usama)"
despite military top brass' assertation that it was a
million to one shot. Four people are later convicted
while many others eluded capture.
#7 Yemen, 2000 - A boat laden with explosives
blows up along side the USS Cole killing 17 US
sailors. Cole was in port despite protests from US
security agencies' warnings of Yemen as a "hot spot"
for terrorist activity and anti-US sentiment. The use of
the port was defended by the White House as a
diplomatic gesture to bring the two countries closer
together by doing business with them (purchasing
fuel). US Response: An FBI investigation begins, but
makes little progress. Agents blame Yemen's refusal
to broaden their inquiry to include Islamic militant
groups. Yemeni officials arrest 8 but none have been
put on trial.
"damn, I didnt know prince could Ball like that" - Charlie Murphy