Well-Placed Democrats Insisted Saddam Had WMD

In the build-up to the Iraq War, President Bush was not the only U.S. leader insisting Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. Democratic senators who were members of the Intelligence, Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees, who had their own access to U.S. intelligence, also insisted Saddam had these weapons.

“Saddam Hussein possesses chemical, biological weapons, and if events are allowed to run their course, will someday possess nuclear weapons.”

Sen. Evan Bayh (D.-Ind.)
Intelligence member
Statement, Oct. 3, 2002

“I believe that Saddam Hussein rules by terror and has squirreled away stores of biological and chemical weapon.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D.-Calif.)
Intelligence member
Floor speech, Oct. 10, 2002

“The people of the United States and the rest of the world are at risk as long as Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction. Last night, the President . . . made the most effective case to date that the risk of inaction is too great to bear.”

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D.-W.Va.)
Vice Chairman of Intelligence Committee
Statement, March 18, 2003

“For the last 12 years he’s [Saddam’s] ignored U.N. resolutions and embargoes while rebuilding his illegal chemical and biological weapons. . . . He is dangerous. I believe he needs to be disarmed.”

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D.-Md.)
Intelligence member
Floor speech, March 18, 2003

“In 1991, the world collectively made a judgment that this man should not have weapons of mass destruction. And we are here today in the year 2002 with an un-inspected four-year interval during which time we know through intelligence he not only has kept them, but he continues to grow them… .The threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real, but as I said, it is not new.”

Sen. John Kerry (D.-Mass.)
Foreign Relations member
Floor speech, Oct. 9, 2002

“On Monday night, President Bush, I think spoke for all of us. I know of no one who really disagrees at all. He described Saddam Hussein as a homicidal dictator who is addicted to weapons of mass destruction. It is that addiction that demands a strong response. We all agree on that. There is no question that Iraq possesses biological and chemical weapons and that he seeks to acquire additional weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons.”

Sen. Chris Dodd (D.-Conn.)
Foreign Relations member
Floor speech, Oct. 9, 2002

“I believe if Saddam Hussein continues to refuse to meet his obligation to destroy his weapons of mass destruction and his prohibited missile delivery systems, that the United Nations should authorize member states to use military force to destroy those weapons and systems.”

Sen. Carl Levin (D.-Mich.)
then-chairman of Armed Services
and member of Intelligence
Floor speech, Oct. 9, 2002

“He [Saddam Hussein] stockpiles biological and chemical weapons.”

Sen. Jon Corzine (D.-N.J.)
Foreign Relations member
Floor speech, Oct. 9, 2003


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