Clinton’s short memory
Breaking with tradition under which US presidents mute criticisms of their successors, Clinton said the Bush administration had decided to invade Iraq "virtually alone and before UN inspections were completed, with no real urgency, no evidence that there were weapons of mass destruction."
Clinton also emphasized: "So long as Saddam remains in power he will remain a threat to his people, his region and the world." The best way to end that threat, he said, "is for Iraq to have a different government."
The State of the Union Message provided President Bill Clinton with a solemn occasion to deliver a warning about U.S. determination to destroy Iraq's missiles and biological and chemical arms and to root out the country's capability to rebuild them.
"You have used weapons of mass destruction before," Mr. Clinton asserted, drawing strong applause from the assembled Congress and audience of officials and diplomats on Tuesday night. "We are determined to deny you the capacity to use them again. "I know I speak for everyone in this chamber, Republican and Democrats, when I say to Saddam Hussein: You cannot defy the will of the world."
"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY)