Bush’s Story: After Saddam Hussein Emerged As A “Gathering Danger,” Bush Tried To Address Threat “Without War”

Bush Library Touchscreen: “At The Start Of The Bush Administration, Saddam Hussein Was A Threat To International Peace.” From the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum:

[George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Display, photos taken May 3-4, 2013]

Bush Speech Excerpted Library Video: “Saddam Hussein’s Regime Is A Grave And Gathering Danger.” From the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum:

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[Still from George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum “War On Terror” Film, video captured May 3-4, 2013]

Bush Library Video: “And There Was Another Looming Threat, That Of Saddam Hussein In Iraq.” According to a video produced by the Bush W. Presidential Library and Museum, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says, “And there was another looming threat, that of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. He was a sworn enemy of the United States, routinely fired at American and British planes, threatened his neighbors, repressed his people, putting 400,000 of them in mass graves. He refused to adhere to 17 United Nations Security Council resolutions. It became evident that he was trying yet again to rebuild his weapons of mass destruction and continuing to defy the will of the international community.” The video than cuts to Bush’s UN speech, where he says, “The history, the logic, and the facts lead to one conclusion: Saddam Hussein’s regime is a grave and gathering threat.” [George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, video taken on May 3-4, 2013]

Bush: “Iraq Has Trained Al Qaeda Members In Bomb-Making And Poisons And Gases.” According to the transcript of a speech Bush gave in October 2002, “We know that Iraq and the al Qaeda terrorist network share a common enemy — the United States of America. We know that Iraq and al Qaeda have had high-level contacts that go back a decade. Some al Qaeda leaders who fled Afghanistan went to Iraq. These include one very senior al Qaeda leader who received medical treatment in Baghdad this year, and who has been associated with planning for chemical and biological attacks. We’ve learned that Iraq has trained al Qaeda members in bomb-making and poisons and deadly gases. And we know that after September the 11th, Saddam Hussein’s regime gleefully celebrated the terrorist attacks on America. Iraq could decide on any given day to provide a biological or chemical weapon to a terrorist group or individual terrorists. Alliance with terrorists could allow the Iraqi regime to attack America without leaving any fingerprints.” [Bush Remarks, 10/7/02]

Bush In His Memoir: “I Had Tried To Address The Threat From Saddam Hussein Without War.” According to an excerpt of George W. Bush’s book, Decision Points, “As I saluted back, the gravity of the moment hit me. For more than a year, I had tried to address the threat from Saddam Hussein without war. We had rallied an international coalition to pressure him to come clean about his weapons of mass destruction programs. We had obtained a unanimous United Nations Security Council resolution making clear there would be serious consequences for continued defiance. We had reached out to Arab nations about taking Saddam into exile. I had given Saddam and his sons a final forty-eight hours to avoid war. The dictator rejected every opportunity. The only logical conclusion was that he had something to hide, something so important that he was willing to go to war for it.” [NBC News, 11/11/10]