Thursday, August 18, 2005

Memorable Quotations from Long Ago

With four soldiers dying in Iraq yesterday and two dying in Afghanistan; with almost 45 innocent people dying in Baghdad yesterday; with more than 1,000 protesters showing up on the Lake Street Bridge yesterday; and with a Minnesota state senator and a candidate for U.S. Congress heading down to Crawford, Texas, to join the throngs of people clamoring for answers to questions about this war; with Republicans reframing their positions on the war in the run-up to the 2006 elections; I felt it was time to take a look back at another conflict, Kosovo, to learn how pro-American and "Support our Troops" Republicans backed up the president and didn't try to undermine our soldiers in the field. (Quotes supplied by PeP Supercorrespondent, Anti-Everything.)

"President Clinton is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation's armed forces about how long they will be away from home. These strikes do not make for a sound foreign policy." -Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA)

"No goal, no objective, not until we have those things and a compelling case is made, then I say, back out of it, because innocent people are going to die for nothing. That's why I'm against it." -Sean Hannity, Fox News, 4/5/99

"American foreign policy is now one huge big mystery. Simply put, the administration is trying to lead the world with a feel-good foreign policy." -Representative Tom Delay (R-TX)

"I cannot support a failed foreign policy. History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now. The President began this mission with very vague objectives and lots of unanswered questions. A month later, these questions are still unanswered. There are no clarified rules of engagement. There is no timetable. There is no legitimate definition of victory. There is no contingency plan for mission creep. There is no clear funding program. There is no agenda to bolster our overextended military. There is no explanation defining what vital national interests are at stake. There was no strategic plan for war when the President started this thing, and there still is no plan today." -Representative Tom Delay (R-TX)

"Explain to the mothers and fathers of American servicemen that may come home in body bags why their son or daughter have to give up their life?" -Sean Hannity, Fox News, 4/6/99

"This is President Clinton's war, and when he falls flat on his face, that's his problem." -Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)

"You can support the troops but not the president." -Representative Tom Delay (R-TX)

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Soumyadip said...

The doves have transmorgified into hawks. Kosovo was perhaps a nobler cause than Iraq. And it didn't stink of oil.

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