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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-05-07 03:29 PM
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12. every one of these posts are too simplistic
Edited on Fri Jan-05-07 03:31 PM by LSK
1. The vote was during a political climate that is different than today. Most of the country was still shell-shocked from 9/11.

2. Midterms were coming up in one month. According to "Fiasco" the vote was a foregone conclusion anyways.

3. The Bush admin gave Congress a highly edited NIE that tried to sell the war. The full NIE has to date not been released to the public.

4. The Resolution itself can be viewed as a leverage tool to force Saddam to allow inspectors back in. At the time of the vote there were no inspectors in Iraq.

5. There was a big intelligence black hole from 1998 to 2002.

6. Bush violated the IWR and gave almost no real reason to go in.

7. Perfectly good politicians and candidates have repeatedly apologized for voting for it (Cleland, Kerry, Edwards).

Each of these points is worthy of a long and detailed discussion.

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