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And how much is this going to cost? Well, some of those questions are unknowable at present, Tim. Remember when we went there, that we went there specifically to take down the Saddam Hussein regime, to wrap up all WMD capability he had possessed or developed, to deal with the threat that his regime represented to the region, and the United States.
But we have, in fact, I think, been very successful at achieving that. But that will continue to grow. The second largest security contingent in Iraq today behind the U. We stood up a Polish-led division a few weeks ago that has troops in it from 17 countries.
So how long will it take? When you were on the program in March, I asked you about troop levels. Videotape, March 16, We, in fact, have abouttroops, 20, international troops, as well. Did you misjudge the number of troops necessary to secure Iraq after major combat operations? We knew there were holdover elements from the regime that would fight us and struggle.
There were a lot of contingencies we got ready for that never did happen. We were able to defeat that. A plan is only as good until you start to execute, then you have got to make adjustments and so forth. The Congressional Budget Office said that: Tim, we can do what we have to do to prevail in this conflict. This is not just about Iraq or just about the difficulties we might encounter in any one part of the country in terms of restoring security and stability. This is about a continuing operation on the war on terror.
No, I was careful not to say that. And the commitment of the United States going into Afghanistan and take down the Taliban and stand up a new government, to go into Iraq and take down the Saddam Hussein regime and stand up a new government is a vital part of our long-term strategy to win the war on terror. So what we do on the ground in Iraq, our capabilities here are being tested in no small measure, but this is the place where we want to take on the terrorists.
No question about it. In terms of costs, Mr. Vice President, there are suggestions again—it was a misjudgment by the administration or even misleading.
We do know that we are prepared and need to be prepared to do whatever it takes to make it work. There are funds frozen, Iraqi assets in various places in How much is all that?
Will the American people be asked for any more money? Advertise We have not tried to hide it under a bush. The president has been very direct. Democrats have written you letters and are suggesting profiteering by your former company Halliburton and this is how it was reported: Army Corps of Engineers, according to newly available documents. The size and scope of the government contracts awarded to Halliburton in connection with the war in Iraq are significantly greater than was previously disclosed and demonstrate the U.
Of course not, Tim. Tim, when I was secretary of Defense, I was not involved in awarding contracts. I never lobbied the Defense Department on behalf of Halliburton. The only time I went back to the department during those eight years was to have my portrait hung which is a traditional service rendered for former secretaries of Defense.
And as vice president, I have absolutely no influence of, involvement of, knowledge of in any way, shape or form of contracts led by the Corps of Engineers or anybody else in the federal government, so Why is there no bidding? I have no idea. Go ask the Corps of Engineers. One of the things to keep in mind is that Halliburton is a unique kind of company.
There are fine people working for it. I also have a lot of confidence in the people in the Department of Defense. I think things have gotten so bad inside Iraq from the standpoint of the Iraqi people, my belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators. We have not been greeted as liberated.
Well, I think we have by most Iraqis. I think the majority of Iraqis are thankful for the fact that the United States is there, that we came and we took down the Saddam Hussein government. People like Ahmed Chalabi, former Iraqis who came in and briefed—you talked about—did they sell us a bill of goods?
I think they felt—certainly, they were advocates of the U. And I see and receive evidence on a fairly regular basis. Zogby International did it with American Enterprise magazine. One of the questions it asked is: If you want to ask them do they want an Islamic government established, by 2: If you ask how long they want Americans to stay, over 60 percent of the people polled said they want the U.
You also told me, Mr. Vice President, in March that you thought Saddam would be captured or killed, turned in by his own people.
His sons were turned in by the Iraqi people. Let me turn to weapons of mass destruction. I asked you back in March what you thought was the most important rationale for going to war with Iraq.
And the tie to terror. Well, I think that the jury is still out in terms of trying to get everything pulled together with respect to what we know. The reporting that led to the National Intelligence Estimate, upon which I based my statements to you, that was produced a year ago now, the essence of which has since been declassified, that was the product of hundreds of people working over probably 20 years, back at least to the Osirak reactor in The conclusions in that NIE, I think, are very valid.
And I think we will find that in fact they are valid. They knew they had to hide and bury their capabilities in this region inside their civilian structure. The judgment in the NIE was that if Saddam could acquire fissile material, weapons-grade material, that he would have a nuclear weapon within a few months to a year.
That was the judgment of the intelligence community of the United States, and they had a high degree of confidence in it. What do we know ahead?Daily Press Briefing - September 14, 2015
Well, we know he had worked on the program for 20 years. We know he had technicians who knew how do this stuff because they had been working on it over that period of time. We believed, the community believed, that he had a workable design for a bomb. And we know he had tons of uranium. All those are facts that are basically not in dispute.
And we know Saddam had worked on that kind of system before. We had intelligence reporting before the war that there were at least seven of these mobile labs that he had gone out and acquired. But I want to talk about something very specific.
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That was in January. Also, ElBaradei reported finding no evidence of banned weapons or nuclear material in an extensive sweep of Iraq using advanced radiation detectors. And even though the International Atomic Energy Agency said he does not have a nuclear program, we disagree. And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons. ElBaradei, frankly, is wrong.
And I think if you look at the track record of the International Atomic Energy Agency and this kind of issue, especially where Iraq is concerned, they have consistently underestimated or missed what it was Saddam Hussein was doing. I said repeatedly during the show weapons capability.
We never had any evidence that he had acquired a nuclear weapon. He says he came back from Niger and said that, in fact, he could not find any documentation that, in fact, Niger had sent uranium to Iraq or engaged in that activity and reported it back to the proper channels.
Were you briefed on his findings in February, March of ? A question had arisen. I get a daily brief on my own each day before I meet with the president to go through the intel. And I ask lots of question. He never submitted a report that I ever saw when he came back. I guess the intriguing thing, Tim, on the whole thing, this question of whether or not the Iraqis were trying to acquire uranium in Africa.
In the British report, this week, the Committee of the British Parliament, which just spent 90 days investigating all of this, revalidated their British claim that Saddam was, in fact, trying to acquire uranium in Africa.
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What was in the State of the Union speech and what was in the original British White papers. So there may be difference of opinion there.
I have no idea who hired him and it never came This is what concerns people, that the administration hyped the intelligence, misled the American people. This article from The Washington Post about pressuring from Cheney visits: In terms of asking questions, I plead guilty. I ask a hell of a lot of questions. This is a very important area. They enslave, rape, and force women into marriage.
They threatened a religious minority with genocide.
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And in acts of barbarism, they took the lives of two American journalists -- Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff. If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region, including to the United States. While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, ISIL leaders have threatened America and our allies.
Our Intelligence Community believes that thousands of foreigners -— including Europeans and some Americans —- have joined them in Syria and Iraq. Trained and battle-hardened, these fighters could try to return to their home countries and carry out deadly attacks. I know many Americans are concerned about these threats. Tonight, I want you to know that the United States of America is meeting them with strength and resolve. These strikes have protected American personnel and facilities, killed ISIL fighters, destroyed weapons, and given space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory.
These strikes have also helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children. But this is not our fight alone. American power can make a decisive difference, but we cannot do for Iraqis what they must do for themselves, nor can we take the place of Arab partners in securing their region.
So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.
Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy. First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists.
Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are.
This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven. Second, we will increase our support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. In June, I deployed several hundred American servicemembers to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi security forces.
Now that those teams have completed their work —- and Iraq has formed a government —- we will send an additional servicemembers to Iraq. As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission —- we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq. But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment. Across the border, in Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition. Tonight, I call on Congress again to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters.
In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its own people -- a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Third, we will continue to draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks. Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding; improve our intelligence; strengthen our defenses; counter its warped ideology; and stem the flow of foreign fighters into and out of the Middle East.
And in two weeks, I will chair a meeting of the U. Security Council to further mobilize the international community around this effort.
Fourth, we will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by this terrorist organization.
This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave risk, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities. We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homelands. So this is our strategy.
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And in each of these four parts of our strategy, America will be joined by a broad coalition of partners. Already, allies are flying planes with us over Iraq; sending arms and assistance to Iraqi security forces and the Syrian opposition; sharing intelligence; and providing billions of dollars in humanitarian aid. Secretary Kerry was in Iraq today meeting with the new government and supporting their efforts to promote unity.
And in the coming days he will travel across the Middle East and Europe to enlist more partners in this fight, especially Arab nations who can help mobilize Sunni communities in Iraq and Syria, to drive these terrorists from their lands.
This is American leadership at its best: