"trumped-up, so-called coalition of the bribed, the coerced, the bought, and the extorted." - John Kerry
When Mr. Kerry slandered our allies with that insult, little did he know that a report would come out and shed more light onto the extensive corruption that has tarnished his beloved UN.
The Duelfer Report now exposes the very friends of Kerry: (France, China, Russia) that Saddam used to the tune of over $12 billion dollars. While President Bush was working to enforce the UN sanctions, these countries stabbed us in the back. Along with the bribes, France was in the process of shipping banned weapons to Iraq just three weeks before the war started. With friends like these, Saddam could have thumbed his nose at the UN until the sanctions were removed. He would then restart his weapons programs and continue his quest for regional dominance and terrorism. John Kerry wants to outsource our national security to these countries?
"By 2000-2001, Saddam had managed to mitigate many of the effects of sanctions and undermine their international support, Iraq was within striking distance of a de facto end to the sanctions regime." states the Duelfer Report. At tonight's debate, let's see if John Kerry brings up his claim that sanctions were working and should have been left in place.
Update: The BBC reports the Deulfer Report shows that the Saddam threat greater than feared.