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In Memory of the Fallen (9-11-2001)The Great Iraq Flip-Flop
by Linda A. Prussen-Razzano, Dallas Bureau Chief

February 11, 2004

"Candidly Yours"

Linda A. Prussen-RazzanoDemocrat candidates for 2004, in an obvious attempt to rile to their base and generate headlines of any significance, have decided to use the war with Iraq as their rallying cry. If they truly believe that this position will lend them any credibility with voters outside of their base, then President Bush will have little trouble bayoneting the wounded come Election Day.

Wounded, you say? Yes, wounded.

With the exception of Howard Dean, who is garnering public support but will undoubtedly only see the White House with the help of a tour guide, there isn’t a single Democrat in the field who didn’t also believe everything President Bush believed about Iraq, long before President Bush was elected.

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) likes to pretend he remained unconvinced that Saddam Hussein’s regime posed a threat to the American people, but back on January 28, 1998, he co-sponsored concurrent resolution #71. After listing multiple grievances committed by Iraq, and detailing its flagrant defiance of numerous United Nations resolutions, Mr. Kerry and 45 other members of the Senate, affirmed that:

“Whereas Iraq's continuing weapons of mass destruction programs threaten vital United States interests and international peace and security; and Whereas the United States has existing authority to defend United States interests in the Persian Gulf region: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That Congress--

(1) condemns in the strongest possible terms the continued threat to international peace and security posed by Iraq's refusal to meet its international obligations and end its weapons of mass destruction programs;

(2) urges the President to take all necessary and appropriate actions to respond to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs; and

(3) urges the President to work with Congress in furthering a long-term policy aimed at definitively ending the threat to international peace and security posed by the government of Iraq and its weapons of mass destruction programs.”

 

Too bad Senator Kerry shot his mouth off. On March 12, 1998, he also co-sponsored concurrent resolution #78, relating to the indictment and prosecution of Saddam Hussein for war crimes and other crimes against humanity, specifically:

“Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That the President should--

(1) call for the creation of a commission under the auspices of the United Nations to establish an international record of the criminal culpability of Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi officials;

(2) call for the United Nations to form an international criminal tribunal for the purpose of indicting, prosecuting, and imprisoning Saddam Hussein and any other Iraqi officials who may be found responsible for crimes against humanity, genocide, and other violations of international humanitarian law; and

(3) upon the creation of a commission and international criminal tribunal, take steps necessary, including the reprogramming of funds, to ensure United States support for efforts to bring Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi officials to justice.”

Unlike his counterparts, Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) has been relatively tame in his criticisms of President Bush’s handling of the war with Iraq. This is a good thing, because he also co-sponsored concurrent resolution #71 and concurrent resolution #78. Further, he co-sponsored Joint Resolution #54, finding that Iraq was in an unacceptable and material breach of its international obligations.

Former candidate Dick Gephardt, who once dominated television screens and now begs for media attention, and Dennis Kucinich, whose campaign is so thoroughly uninteresting he had to make a mockery of Private Jessica Lynch’s rescue just to get noticed, also supported Joint Resolution #54, finding Iraq in material breach, as documented under Roll Call Vote #378 taken August 8, 1998.

Please note, under United Nations resolution 1154, passed on March 12, 1998, finding Iraq in material breach of its obligations would allow the United States to use military force to bring them into compliance.

Back in 1998, Republicans introduced all of these bills. Back in 1998, Republicans did not question the threat Saddam Hussein posed to the people of Iraq, their neighbors, and the global community. Back in 1998, all the Democrats listed above agreed.

Back in 1998, Republicans put the security of the country first over partisan politics. By all appearances, many of the current crop of Democrat candidates are incapable of doing the same. Do we really want that type of person for a President?

Before any of them start screaming about President Bush or inferring that he lied, I have just one question – what did you not know then, and when did you not know it? ***

2004 Linda Prussen-Razzano

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