Klein: Because sooner or later, this guy has to be taken out. Saddam has — Saddam Hussein has to be taken out.
Klein: He has been defying the world for 12 years. It is very clear — I mean, I — I — I haven’t found anybody who doesn’t believe that he’s hiding stuff there. And if there’s going to be a civilized world order, the — the world has to be able to act on its — you know, on — on — on its agreements. And –and there have been now 17 UN resolutions calling on this guy to disarm, a — something that he agreed to do, and at certain — at a certain point, you have to enforce it.
Now you can quibble with the fact, you can argue with the fact that the Bush administration forced this judgment at this time in this way, but I think — and — but I — but I do believe that it was Bill Clinton’s moral responsibility and responsibility as leader of the country to do it in 1998, as we — as we were saying before. And — and I think that now that we’ve reached this point, where the inspectors are in and it has become absolutely manifestly clear that he’s not going to abide by this — you know, just look at his behavior in the days since the peace protests. All of a sudden, you know, he’s –he’s — you know, he’s defiant again.
So I think that, you know, the — the message has to be sent because if it isn’t sent now, if we don’t do this now, it empowers every would-be Saddam out there and every would-be terrorist out there.
— Tim Russert’s CNBC program, February 22, 2003 (emphasis added)