On the same day of the bombing (Dec 16, 1998), Clinton said, "The mission is to attack Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs, and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors. The purpose is to protect the national interest of the United States and indeed the interests of the people throughout the Middle East and around the world. Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons."
You have taken vast liberties with Clinton's quote. The context of the quote is to justify the continued policy of containment. There was never a speech made about unilaterally invading Iraq as the policy of the US, by President Clinton. In fact, by all accounts the policy of containment was entirely effective and there never was a need for an invasion.
Algore chimed in, "If you allow someone like Saddam to get nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, biological weapons, how many people is he going to kill with these weapons?....The man has no compunction about killing lots of people. So the US bombing is a way to save lives and to save the stability and peace of a region of the world that is important to the peace and security of the entire world."
See comment above. Al Gore clearly states the action he is justifying and why. Your citation here is a red herring.
Senator Tom Daschle said in 1998 that a use of force resolution would "send as clear a message as possible that we are going to force, one way or another, diplomatically or militarily,Iraq to comply with international law. We have exhausted virtually our diplomatic effort to get the Iraqis to comply with their own agreements and international law. Given that, what other option is there but to force them to do so?....this is the key question. And the answer is we don't have another option. We have to force them to comply and we are doing so militarily."
Again, the use of force being discussed was the UN sanctioned bombing and policy of containment. Nothing about the events was unilateral, or involved sending US troops to Iraq. It was not deemed necessary because the policy of containment was working.
These are direct quotes of speeches or public comments by leading Democrats from 1998 unfiltered by the "fawning media" which describe the government's policy re Iraq two years before President Bush took office. This is not backfill, just history.
Yes it is history. You apparently choose to ignore the part of history you plucked the statements from, thinking it made your point. Those quotes, in the context of the history they were taken from, prove the prior policy of containment was working, which does not support your contention that Saddam represented the imminent threat to the US and the free world Bush lied to us about in 2001 through 2008, to justify his decision to unilaterally, and without UN sanction, invade Iraq.