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Offlinefft2
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Top GOP Rep Calls Iraq War 'Unjustified'
    #3022672 - 08/19/04 11:49 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Top GOP Rep Calls Iraq War 'Unjustified'


Top GOP Rep Calls Iraq War 'Unjustified'
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A top Republican congressman has broken from his party in the final days of his House career, saying he believes the U.S. military assault on Iraq was unjustified and the situation there has deteriorated into "a dangerous, costly mess."

"I've reached the conclusion, retrospectively, now that the inadequate intelligence and faulty conclusions are being revealed, that all things being considered, it was a mistake to launch that military action," Rep. Doug Bereuter wrote in a letter to his constituents.



"Left unresolved for now is whether intelligence was intentionally misconstrued to justify military action," he said.

Bereuter is a senior member of the House International Relations Committee and vice chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He is stepping down after 13 terms to become the president of the Asia Foundation effective Sept. 1.

The letter, sent to constituents who have contacted him about the war, was reported by the Lincoln Journal Star in its Wednesday editions.

In 2002, Bereuter had spoken out in support of a House resolution authorizing the president to go to war.

President Bush has continued to argue the war was justified because Saddam represented a threat to the United States, his neighbors and the people of Iraq.

In addition to "a massive failure or misinterpretation of intelligence," Bereuter said the Bush administration made several other errors in going to war despite warnings about the consequences.

"From the beginning of the conflict, it was doubtful that we for long would be seen as liberators, but instead increasingly as an occupying force," he said. "Now we are immersed in a dangerous, costly mess, and there is no easy and quick way to end our responsibilities in Iraq without creating bigger future problems in the region and, in general, in the Muslim world."

Bereuter said as a result of the war, "our country's reputation around the world has never been lower and our alliances are weakened."

Lincoln City Council member Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican, is facing off against Democratic state Sen. Matt Connealy to replace Bereuter said.


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Re: Top GOP Rep Calls Iraq War 'Unjustified' [Re: fft2]
    #3022699 - 08/19/04 11:59 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Shame John Kerry isn't as wise as this top GOP Rep...or even close for that matter.


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Re: Top GOP Rep Calls Iraq War 'Unjustified' [Re: Ancalagon]
    #3022732 - 08/19/04 12:08 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

So you believe Iraq was a mistake too? What do you think Bush's punishment for slaughtering thousands of innocent people should be?


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Re: Top GOP Rep Calls Iraq War 'Unjustified' [Re: Xlea321]
    #3022780 - 08/19/04 12:23 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

So you believe Iraq was a mistake too?



Why even bother asking... I've told you over and over again it was a tremendous mistake that I was never in favor of.

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What do you think Bush's punishment for slaughtering thousands of innocent people should be?



Let's be realistic here Alex. I imagine you'd like to see the man tried for crimes against humanity...and you'd probably have a pretty compelling case. But you'd of course also have to try every single member of congress, including Johns Kerry and Edwards, for that same crime as the President had no power to procede militarily without that wondeful dereliction of constitutional duty(only Congress has the power to declare war) by the vast majority of Congress's members. I'd really like simply to see Bush, Perle, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft...the whole crew, out of political life for good. I'd also be in favor of an independent investigation to determine whether evidence was fabricated, tampered with, altered in any way, etc. in the leadup to the war in Iraq in order to bolster an extremely weak case. Don't suppose that's satisfactory for you but realistically, it's all you're going to get.


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Re: Top GOP Rep Calls Iraq War 'Unjustified' [Re: fft2]
    #3025502 - 08/19/04 09:57 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Why did Britain, Australia, Japan, Spain, Poland, Italy and a lot of other countries go along with it? I trust their politicians a lot more than I trust a bunch of hallucinogenic mushroom users.


Edited by Ed1 (08/19/04 09:58 PM)


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Re: Top GOP Rep Calls Iraq War 'Unjustified' [Re: Ancalagon]
    #3025522 - 08/19/04 10:00 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

Let's be realistic here Alex. I imagine you'd like to see the man tried for crimes against humanity...and you'd probably have a pretty compelling case. But you'd of course also have to try every single member of congress, including Johns Kerry and Edwards, for that same crime as the President had no power to procede militarily without that wondeful dereliction of constitutional duty(only Congress has the power to declare war) by the vast majority of Congress's members.



Wait...so then wouldn't we basically have no more federal government?  Woohoo!!!! :laugh:


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Re: Top GOP Rep Calls Iraq War 'Unjustified' [Re: fft2]
    #3025614 - 08/19/04 10:15 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Congress voted for the war. If you actually knew any politics you should have known this.


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Re: Top GOP Rep Calls Iraq War 'Unjustified' [Re: Ed1]
    #3026027 - 08/19/04 11:48 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

...based on manufactured and/or exaggerated or plain false information as presented by the White House. Congress should have known better than trust Bush Inc.


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Re: Top GOP Rep Calls Iraq War 'Unjustified' [Re: Vvellum]
    #3027111 - 08/20/04 04:52 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Congress read the same evidence.

Kerry believed.


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Re: Top GOP Rep Calls Iraq War 'Unjustified' [Re: Ed1]
    #3027740 - 08/20/04 10:50 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

Why did Britain, Australia, Japan, Spain, Poland, Italy and a lot of other countries go along with it? I trust their politicians a lot more than I trust a bunch of hallucinogenic mushroom users. 




Can I interest you in some waterfront property? lol Trust a politician?
well there's proof of one born every minute!
why did they go along? Because the Big Cowboy(and his guns) said clearly "if you are not with us you are against us"
WR:wexican:


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