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Letter from Senator Barbara Boxer

An interesting bit of information came through my inbox, in a bulk email from Senator Barbara Boxer:

(A)t Wednesday's hearing I presented Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with our Iraq petition, signed by more than 107,000 fellow Americans joining together to demand a credible success strategy and timetable for bringing our troops home from Iraq. I led off my questioning of Dr. Rice by talking about our petition and reiterating our demands, namely that the Bush Administration bring credibility, accountability, and responsibility to their Iraq policy.

But at the same time I felt so emboldened by your support during our questioning this week, I continue to be shocked and frustrated by the Administration's answers.

In fact, at the same hearing where I took Dr. Rice to task for the Administration's many false statements and changing justifications for the invasion of Iraq, I was extremely distressed to hear her lay out yet another even broader mission for our soldiers -- to remake the Middle East.

Even more unbelievably, Rice insisted that rebuilding the entire Middle East has been the Bush Administration's mission ever since 9/11. Well that is not what Congress voted for in either the resolution authorizing force in Afghanistan or Iraq, and it is not what the American people believed to be our goal. The Bush Administration is trying to perpetuate yet another classic "bait and switch," because Congress and the American people would never have supported an open-ended mission to remake the entire Middle East if the President had made his true intentions known up-front.

Yet, during the 2000 Presidential campaign, Bush flatly refuted the concept of nation-building, saying, "I’m not so sure the role of the United States is to go around the world and say, 'This is the way it’s got to be.'"

So which is it, George?

October 21, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink

Comments

Oh My God! This administration is unbelievable!
You know, maybe I've been around too long, but I'm still trying to figure out why congress voted for the Iraq war in the first place. I didn't believe the 'Weapons of Mass Distruction' stuff, and I'm not that informed--so why did THEY believe it??? I guess Boxer is better than some, but....oh well,.....nevermind.

Posted by: OldLady Of The Hills at Oct 21, 2005 3:45:49 PM