October 2nd, 2007
08:45 AM ET
2 years ago

Thompson: Saddam Hussein 'clearly' had WMD

Former Sen. Fred Thompson campaigns in Iowa this week.

NEWTON, Iowa (CNN) – Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson blamed inadequate intelligence for not sending a larger U.S. invasion force into Iraq, but said he supported the decision to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

"Clearly we did not go in with enough people, with the right strategy," Thompson told reporters after a campaign event in this rural city in central Iowa. "We did not foresee what was happening there. Part of that has to do with the fact that our intelligence capabilities were not what they should have been."

Thompson said it was imperative to remove Hussein from power.

"Saddam Hussein, today, had we not gone in, would be sitting on this [powder] keg and be in control of the whole thing," Thompson predicted. "He would have been the new dictator of that entire region in my estimation. He is–was–a dangerous irrational man who, by this time, would have been well on his way to having the nuclear capability himself."

In remarks delivered earlier in a café, Thompson said Hussein "clearly" had weapons of mass destruction prior to the beginning of the war.

"We can't forget the fact that although at a particular point in time we never found any WMD down there, he clearly had had WMD," Thompson said. "He clearly had had the beginnings of a nuclear program, and in my estimation his intent never did change."

"By today," Thompson continued, "[Hussein] clearly would have had that rejuvenated; especially looking at what Iran says that it's doing."

Today's event marks the first of a three-day swing through the Hawkeye State for the GOP presidential candidate.

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-CNN's Chris Welch and Mark Preston


Filed under: Fred Thompson • Iowa
soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. anon, new york, NY

    What a bad actor!

    October 3, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Patrick, Bartlesville Oklahoma

    The last comment wasn't directed at me but in response to the last part I think we should intervene in Burma and Darfur with our army if diplomacy doesn't work.

    October 3, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Ramu Ramaswami,Allentown,PA

    Another CLOWN making same statement.
    What a joke American people have to listen to.

    October 3, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Peter, Philadelphia PA

    I don't understand why none of you are willing to address Korea...

    Sadam had the potential to create WMDs... so do most countries... It isn't as hard as you all make it out to be... you can make mustard gas in fairly large quantities out of your home... get over it... WMDs are a smoke screen for the real issues. The fact that we say WMDs is sad in itself. What is a weapon of mass destruction? Is the fertilizer bomb that took out the federal building a WMD?

    The question should be, why we slapped Iraq for WMDs but not Korea. Kimmy over there in N. Korea is a lunatic and doesn't even let his people travel. They are completely locked off from the outside world. Even Iraqis didn't have to worry about that.

    Please just address the fact that there was no reason to attack Iraq other than oil. Korea, Darfur, Burma, ethiopia... places where the people are truly suffering don't have anything to offer... so why help them? This seems to be the mentality of America... which is sad.

    October 3, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Izmer Chicago Il

    YEAH THOMPSON.

    October 6, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Ike, Toronto, Canada

    Let’s be honest here. It all depends on which way you want to hate America. If we’re talking about WMDs in Iraq, they didn’t exist. If we’re talking about how America is immoral, they did exist and we sold them to Iraq.

    As most of the posters here understand, it’s not the facts (nor the spelling, punctuation, and grammar) that matter so much as having it both ways. In this case, Thompson’s implying that the WMDs Hussein used to kill 100,000 Kurds and 50,000 Iranians were real. We can’t let him get away with that immoral view, just as we can’t let people think that the 500-or-so canisters of WMD materials we’ve recovered since the invasion suggest that Hussein had WMDs.

    As long as Thompson argues that there were WMDs, we need to maintain that the “slaughters” of the Kurds and Iranians were faked. They were staged by the same people who faked the moon landing and who organized the inside-job conspiracy of 10,000-strong to destroy the World Trade Center.

    If you doubt the effectiveness of the Jewish cabal that controls the world, consider this: They’re deviously savvy enough to know that the best way to get us to invade Iraq was to use not one Iraqi as a “hijacker.”

    If you still doubt the effectiveness of this Jewish cabal, consider THIS: Not one person involved in any of these conspiracies — from the moon landing, to the “massacres” in Iraq, to the “attack” on the World Trade Center — has ever come forward. Be afraid.

    October 23, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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