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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:29 PM
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Edward Kennedy: Iraq has become President Bush's own Vietnam
http://argument.independent.co.uk/podium/story.jsp?stor...

Sadly this administration has failed to live up to basic standards of open and candid debate. They repeatedly invent "facts" to support their preconceived agenda - facts which administration officials knew or should have known were not true. This pattern has prevailed since President Bush's earliest days in office. As a result, this President has now created the largest credibility gap since Richard Nixon.

Tragically, in making the decision to go to war, the Bush Administration allowed its own stubborn ideology to trump the cold hard evidence that Iraq posed no immediate threat. They misled Congress and the American people because the administration knew that it could not obtain the consent of Congress for the war if all the facts were known.

The result is a massive and very dangerous crisis in our foreign policy. We have lost the respect of other nations in the world. Where do we go to get our respect back? How do we re-establish the working relationships we need with other countries to win the war on terrorism and advance the ideals we share? How can we possibly expect President Bush to do that? He's the problem, not the solution. Iraq is George Bush's Vietnam.
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