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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Obama Was Right on Iraq in 2002

In the wake of former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan's new book describing in detail the lies, distortions and propaganda used by the White House to pressure, intimidate and cajole Congress and the American people into approving his invasion of Iraq, lest us not forget that Barack Obama was right on the Iraq war from Day One, while John McCain and Hillary Clinton let themselves be walked down the yellow brick road to the morass we find ourselves in today.

“But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors...and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history.”

“I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences.”

“I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda. “

I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.”

“What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income, to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression.”

“That's what I'm opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics.”