Egyptian scholar Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi (external - login to view) announced this week (external - login to view)
that twice as many Iraqis died during the Clinton
years as during the Bush years.
In a statement published Al-Yawm Al-Sabi'
on November 4th Al-Qaadhawi said he favored John McCain for president:
In a fatwa published on the eve of the U.S. elections, Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi expressed his preference for Sen. John McCain as president: "Personally, I would prefer for the Republican candidate, [John] McCain, to be elected. This is because I prefer the obvious enemy who does not hypocritically [conceal] his hostility toward you... to the enemy who wears a mask [of friendliness]." Gateway Pundit: Egyptian Scholar: Twice as Many Iraqis Died During Clinton Years (external - login to view)
Al-Qaradhawi added: "Whoever thinks that the Democrats are less hostile to [the Arabs] than the Republicans should know that the number of Iraqis killed during the siege [of Iraq] by the Democrat Bill Clinton is twice as high as the number of [Iraqis] killed by the Republican [George] Bush.
"The Democrats kill you slowly without you noticing it - and therein lies the danger. They are like a snake whose touch is not felt until its poison enters your body.
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Then again back in 1996 Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said that Clinton's policy that may have resulted in 500,000 dead Iraqi children was worth it.
In a much forgotten exchange between Lesley Stahl and Madeleine Albright (external - login to view) on "60 Minutes" (external - login to view) back on May 12, 1996:
Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?Unconscious767 (external - login to view) posted this video at YouTube (the account was later suspended) and added this:
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price--we think the price is worth it.
It's worth noting that on 60 Minutes, Albright made no attempt to deny the figure given by Stahl--a rough rendering of the preliminary estimate in a 1995 U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report that 567,000 Iraqi children under the age of five had died as a result of the sanctions.
The American presidents are merely pawns, instructed by the members of the Think Tank, PNAC.
Quote: Open letter to President Clinton on Iraq
PNAC states its aim to "remind America" of "lessons" learned from American history, drawing the following "four consequences" for America in 1997:
While "Such a Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity may not be fashionable today ," the "Statement of Principles" concludes, "it is necessary if the United States is to build on the successes of this past century and to ensure our security and our greatness in the next."
- we need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for the future;
- we need to strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values;
- we need to promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad; [and]
- we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.
On January 16, 1998, following perceived Iraqi (external - login to view)
unwillingness to co-operate with UN (external - login to view)
weapons inspections, members of the PNAC, including Donald Rumsfeld (external - login to view)
, Paul Wolfowitz (external - login to view)
, and Robert Zoellick (external - login to view)
drafted an open letter to President Bill Clinton (external - login to view)
, posted on its website, urging President Clinton to remove Saddam Hussein (external - login to view)
from power using U.S. diplomatic, political, and military power. The signers argue that Saddam would pose a threat to the United States, its Middle East (external - login to view)
allies, and oil resources in the region, if he succeeded in maintaining what they asserted was a stockpile of Weapons of Mass Destruction (external - login to view)
. They also state: "we can no longer depend on our partners in the Gulf War (external - login to view)
to continue to uphold the sanctions or to punish Saddam when he blocks or evades UN inspections" and "American policy cannot continue to be crippled by a misguided insistence on unanimity in the UN Security Council (external - login to view)
." They argue that an Iraq war would be justified by Hussein's defiance of UN "containment" policy and his persistent threat to U.S. interests. (external - login to view)
Rebuilding America's Defenses
Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategies, Forces, and Resources For a New Century
(2000), which lists as Project Chairmen Donald Kagan (external - login to view)
and Gary Schmitt (external - login to view)
and as Principal Author Thomas Donnelly (external - login to view)
, quotes from the PNAC's June 1997 "Statement of Principles" and proceeds "from the belief that America should seek to preserve and extend its position of global leadership by maintaining the preeminence of U.S. military forces...
ESTABLISH FOUR CORE MISSIONS for the U.S. military:
- defend the American homeland;
- fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars;
- perform the “constabulary” duties associated with shaping the security environment in critical regions;
- transform U.S. forces to exploit the “revolution in military affairs (external - login to view)”;
To carry out these core missions, we need to provide sufficient force and budgetary allocations. In particular, the United States must:
MAINTAIN NUCLEAR STRATEGIC SUPERIORITY, basing the U.S. deterrent upon a global, nuclear net assessment that weighs the full range of current and emerging threats, not merely the U.S.-Russia balance.
Project for the New American Century - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (external - login to view)
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In my humble opinion, to achieve and maintain all that each president, con or dem, has to follow suit.
Please read the whole article to get the full understanding.
Also, there is the RAND corporation, but I will leave that for now.