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Posted on March 18, 2003. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Paul Wolfowitz speaks to Iraqi-Americans about a post-Hussein Iraq
Question: Considering the history of the United States government and its policy in the area of supporting dictatorships, considering the support of the United States government to Saddam Hussein in the ’80s, considering the turning of the United States’ backs to the Iraqi people in their uprising and the resultant slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, considering the United States turned its face when the Kurds were sprayed with chemical weapons, considering the unevenhandedness and the dealing of the United States with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, why should we here, with all due respect, why should the people outside in Iraq trust or believe what you just said or what the United States government says? (Applause.)

Wolfowitz: . . . . Remember, it was the United States and United States blood and courage that liberated the people of Kuwait. It was the United States military that saved the people of Somalia from starvation. It was the United States military that ended ethnic conflict in Bosnia. It was the United States military and a coalition that ended ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. It is the United States military that led to the liberation of Northern Iraq and has protected it since. And it was the United States military and other countries and our President and a lot of other people, but above all the courage of American soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines that liberated Afghanistan. And that’s by my count, six times that we’ve come to the aid of Muslim populations. The Iraqis will be the seventh. (Applause.)

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We have one of the most powerful military forces ever assembled ready if the President decides they’re needed to do what has to be done. And if we commit those forces we’re not going to commit them for anything less than a free and democratic Iraq. (Applause.)

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