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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-05-07 03:32 PM
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14. Bogus poll
Not many people seem to remember that the IWR wasn't a vote for the invasion, but was a vote to give Bush authority to invade AFTER he had exhausted all legal channels to bring Hussein into compliance. There were a lot of different reasons for this bill, and each senator had to decide their own justification for the bill. Before the bill passed, Bush was claiming he had full authority without consulting COngress or going to the UN. For some the bill was an attempt to limit Bush's power, for some it was an attempt to avert the invasion that we all knew Bush wanted, and for some it was a vote to go to war.

I respect those who voted against it much more than those who voted for it, but one has to understand that many people voted for this bill because in their minds it was the last chance to avert an invasion, not an authorization of the invasion. Bush was claiming he could invade without the bill. The IWR put restrictions on what Bush claimed he could do.

Contrast Hillary, for instance, whose speech before voting for the bill emphasized her hope that this would lead to peace, not war (very similar to the speech Wesley Clark gave before the Armed Services Committee recommending such a bill), to those on the Republican side who saw this bill as a chance to invade.

So, to answer your poll question, I judge each politician on their complete record twoards the invasion. The IWR was one part of that. I respect those who voted against it more than those who voted for it. But some saw the bill as a chance to avert the war, and said so at the time. They were fooled by Bush, so they stand lower in my opinion than those who voted against the Resolution. But they still stand higher than those who aggressively campaigned for the invasion, and how aggressively championed it after it happened.

ANd I respect those who have turned against it more than those who still support it.

Politics is a lousy place for absolutism. Absolutists on either side frighten me.
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