By JORGE BONILLA
That is, State Senator Obama of the 13th District of Illinois, who will be furious once he learns what the President is up to. Below is a partial transcript of remarks delivered by Sen. Obama in 2002, in the run up to the invasion of Iraq (H/T Ed Driscoll).
I have updated these remarks for your convenience-
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 WolfowitzSusan Rice and Samantha Power 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 RoveDavid Axelrod 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 corporateadministration 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. Now let me be clear — I suffer no illusions about
Saddam HusseinBashar Assad. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power.
He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He’s a bad guy. The world, and the
IraqiSyrian people, would be better off without him.
But I also know that
SaddamAssad poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States or to his neighbors, that the IraqiSyrian economy is in shambles, that the IraqiSyrian military a fraction of its former strength, 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
IraqSyria will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of IraqSyria 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-Qaida. I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.-Senator Barack Obama
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