In response to Linda Cohen's letter on July 3, I did not blame Democrats for the war. What I said was that if the Democrats had voted along their party line, we would not have had the resolution to use force. Also, there were Democrats that voted for the resolution and need to be held accountable, just as much as Republicans for this war.
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Second, I did not agree with the war in 1991 against Iraq, because it was a Middle East problem at that time that needed to be resolved between them.
Third, I did not want the United States to attack Iraq in March 2003. At that time, Saddam Hussein was contained even when he was buying off United Nations officials and did not pose a real threat to the United States.
Fourth, the House and Senate gave the president a blank check to use force against Iraq on Oct. 10, 2002. All who voted for the resolution gave power to the president.
Fifth, when I wrote my letter, I did not conveniently forget post-9/11 politics. Nevertheless, for Cohen's convenience, here are a couple of "chest-thumpers" she might remember:
On Feb. 17, 1998, President Clinton said, "If Saddam rejects peace, and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."
On Feb. 18, 1998, Madeline Albright said, "Iraq is a long way from (here), but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face."
On Dec. 16. 1998, Rep. Nancy Pelosi said, "Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology, which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."
If one thinks blaming others for bad intelligence is going to shorten this war, they are just fooling themselves. We are where we are now and need to support our troops so we can win this war on terror. Let us deal with the war as a united nation, not as one whose citizens keep blaming one another. We can do that at the end of the war, which I hope is soon.
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