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1998 Ron Paul Chapter 12

We Encouraged Saddam Hussein

12 February 1998

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1998 Ron Paul 12:1
Mr. PAUL. Will the gentleman yield?

1998 Ron Paul 12:2

Mr. HORN. I’ll be glad to yield. The time is mine.

1998 Ron Paul 12:3
Mr. PAUL. Thank you for yielding. I’d like to make two points. The other gentleman from California makes a good point about the character of Saddam Hussein, but you have to remember and have to realize that he was a close ally that we encouraged for 8 years during the 1980s, so we helped build him up, which contradicts this whole policy. I would like to see a more consistent policy.

1998 Ron Paul 12:4
Then the gentleman brings up the subject: Yes, he may be in the business of developing weapons, but he’s gotten help from China, he’s gotten help from Russia, and possibly from Britain and the United States, and 20 other nations are doing the same thing. So if you’re interested in stopping these weapons, you better attack 20 countries. So you have a job on your hands.

1998 Ron Paul 12:5
And I yield back.


1998 Ron Paul Chapter 12
The text of this chapter and Chapter 126 were spoken so closely in time that the same C-Span video clip is used for both.

1998 Ron Paul 12:1
Mr. Speaker, will the gentleman yield? Here, Ron Paul asks if The Honorable Stephen Horn of California will yield.

1998 Ron Paul 12:3
Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding. Here, Ron Paul thanks The Honorable Stephen Horn of California for yielding as requested in 1998 Ron Paul 12:1

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