By TOM RAUM, Associated Press Writer |
"Mr. President, we delivered for your father. We will deliver for you," said Sen. John Warner of Virginia, the senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Said House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, D-Mo.: "We disagree on many domestic issues. But this is the most important thing that we do. This should not be about politics. We have to do what is right for the security of our nation and the safety of all Americans."
An identical version was introduced in the Senate by a bipartisan group that included Warner and Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn.
Rep. Tom Lantos of California, the panel's senior Democrat, said delaying a confrontation with Iraq would only "increase the danger and increase the price" and leave the United States "humiliated before history."
Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y., said: "I continue to have grave concerns about the administration's complete failure to explain what an unsupported war on Iraq will do to our efforts to establish a stable global order."
"In this place, everybody's pretty practical at the end of the day," said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph Biden, D-Del.
Biden dropped plans to try to have his committee consider an alternative he drafted with Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., that would have put more emphasis on a U.N. role and made disarmament the only reason for confronting Iraq.
Many Democrats looked forward to getting the matter behind them ? in hopes they could refocus public attention on economic issues before the midterm elections five weeks away.
(In otherwords the democrats don't give a shit about an unjust war on Iraq and are only concerned about getting elected)
"I think many people are on the path to give the president pretty much what he wants," said Rep. David Bonior, D-Mich., a strong critic of what he calls "this rush to war" and one of three congressmen who visited Baghdad this week.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., who did not join Bush in the Rose Garden but attended an earlier breakfast session, said the new Iraq resolution was "an improvement over the president's original proposal."
Three women, shouting "no war with Iraq," briefly disrupted the House committee's session. Chairman Henry Hyde, R-Ill, ordered them removed from the room.
Every name supporting or meekly giving into Bush's war in the article is a man. The only clear and definitive voice against the war are the three women who were quickly thrown out by a man.
Maybe Emma Goldwoman is right.