Here is what John Kerry had to say about Iraq before he ran for President. Is his position now a flip or a flop?
"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is
a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime.
We all know the litany of his offenses. He presents a
particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently
prone to miscalculation. He miscalculated an eight-year
war with Iran. He miscalculated the invasion of Kuwait.
He miscalculated America's response to that act of naked
aggression. He miscalculated the result of setting oil rigs
on fire. He miscalculated the impact of sending scuds into
Israel and trying to assassinate an American President. He
miscalculated his own military strength. He miscalculated
the Arab world's response to his misconduct. And now he
is miscalculating America's response to his continued
deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass
destruction. That is why the world, through the United
Nations Security Council, has spoken with one voice,
demanding that Iraq disclose its weapons programs and
So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass
destruction is real, but it is not new. It has been
with us since the end of the Persian Gulf War.
In U.N. Security Council Resolution 1441, the United
Nations has now affirmed that Saddam Hussein must
disarm or face the most serious consequences. Let me
make it clear that the burden is resoundingly on Saddam
Hussein to live up to the ceasefire agreement he signed
and make clear to the world how he disposed of weapons
he previously admitted to possessing."
Speech at Georgetown University
January 23, 2003