"If I was President"
10:00 AM, Jul 25, 2006 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
In Michigan, Senator John Kerry, commenting on the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, said: "If I was president, this wouldn't have happened." I doubt a President Kerry would have done much to disarm Hezbollah, but, in any event, we do have a strong indication of how a President Kerry would have handled Saddam's invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
Back then Senator Kerry opposed the resolution authorizing force to eject Saddam from Kuwait. He argued on the Senate floor that "time is not on Saddam Hussein's side, but ours. Sanctions cost Iraq much, they cost us little." But after the war ended, we found something unexpected -- a massive nuclear weapons program that had gone undetected by Western intelligence agencies and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
On August 11, 1991, the Washington Post reported that:
The Post also reported just how close Saddam came to getting a nuclear bomb:
Now, it's possible that a President Kerry would have ordered an attack on Iraq in mid-1991. I have my doubts. It's more likely that some sort of phony deal would have been cut, and Saddam would have gone nuclear. We can only speculate what the Middle East would look like today with a nuclear-armed Saddam sitting in Baghdad.