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From Rosie O'Donnell Blog: Irresistible Republican Quotes on War

By August 30, 2005

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The Iraq War seems to on everyone's mind lately. (Well, that and Hurricane Katrina. Here at About.com, we're all hoping that power returns soon to the millions stranded by the storm, and that life returns quickly to some semblance of normal.)

In a recent jog around the blogosphere to see what liberal minds are thinking about Iraq, I discovered at Rosie O'Donnell's popular, poetic blog a treasure trove of irresistibly hypocritical quotes from top Republicans when Clinton committed troops to Bosnia. Enjoy!

“Victory means exit strategy, and it’s important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is.”
–Governor George W. Bush (R-TX)

“You can support the troops but not the president.”
–Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)

“Well, I just think it’s a bad idea. What’s going to happen is they’re going to be over there for 10, 15, maybe 20 years.”
–Joe Scarborough (R-FL)

“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

“[The] President . . . 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.”
–Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)

“If we are going to commit American troops, we must be certain they have a clear mission, an achievable goal and an exit strategy.”
–Karen Hughes, speaking on behalf of George W Bush

“I had doubts about the bombing campaign from the beginning . . I didn’t think we had done enough in the diplomatic area.”
–Senator Trent Lott (R-MS)

“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 over-extended 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”
–Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)


April 17, 2007 at 7:24 pm
(1) Juanita McKenzie says:

It’s more than interesting to read what top Republicans had to say when Pres. Clinton sent troops into Bosnia. There may not had been an exit plan at the start, which is a very dangerous and foolish thing to do. Clearly Clinton developed one with the aid of the top military men at the time. This begs the $65,000 question; Why hasn’t or can’t Bush do the same thing for Iraq ? The hypocritical narrow mindness of these Republicans never ceases to surprise me. Amazing simply amazing. And yet Bush was re-elected !

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