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Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2001 21:50:05 -0600 (CST)
From: Michael Givel <mgivel@earthlink.net>
Subject: [toeslist] Opportunist Democrats Call for War on Iraq
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Opportunist Dems Call for War on Iraq

The Village Voice, [23 November 2001]

Capitol Hill's loudest voice for bombing Iraq? That would be Al Gore's old running mate, Senator Joe Lieberman. The Connecticut pol heads a caucus of war-hawk Dems. Some of them are eyeing the 2004 presidential campaign, hoping to use the issue of Iraq to outflank Bush and look like a bunch of tough guys.

Lieberman argues the U.S. must be unflinching in our determination to target Iraq as part of the war against terrorism. Lieberman wants to push Bush into declaring it's U.S. policy to remove Saddam Hussein.

He is not just a thorn in our sides, he is a threat to American lives, he said between fundraisers in New Hampshire earlier this month. If we give him a chance and don't defeat him, he will truly attack us before long.

Other Dems, backed by the conservative Democratic Leadership Council, want Bush to expand his war against terrorism. They don't go as far as Lieberman, but Senator Joseph Biden, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Massachusetts senator John Kerry, a Vietnam vet, have been calling for a wider effort. Kerry would move to dump Saddam if Iraq were discovered to be behind chemical and biological attacks. Senator Robert Torricelli of New Jersey also is counted among this group.

During House debate, New York's Gary Ackerman argued after the terrorist attacks that as long as Hussein remained in power, the world would be at risk. Attacking Iraq depends on whether we have evidence of its participation on September 11, he told the Voice. But if there are strong indications that Saddam Hussein had something to do with it, I would agree a thousand percent, and we should do whatever we have to do and blow the shit out of them.