Opinion

Our View: Congress must look at resolution on Iraq

Congress ought to be re-examining House Joint Resolution 114, the measure passed in early 2002 to authorize President Bush to take military action against Iraq. A move to repeal that resolution, and replace it with a narrower mission of protecting and withdrawing U.S. troops while seeking agents of al-Qaida, is gaining support in Congress.

At the very least, it looks to be the best way to finally get the attention of a White House that seems unable to face the truth of the situation without some kind of intervention. ...

The 2002 resolution, passed by bipartisan majorities in a Congress still spooked by the attacks of 9/11, listed 23 "whereas" reasons why that authorization was a good idea. In retrospect, most of them look absurd. They were based on the administrations claims, now totally discredited, that Saddam Hussein possessed a significant arsenal of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and that he was in league with the terrorists who had, or would, attack the United States. ...

The argument made by Bush partisans that limiting the war equates to a lack of support for our troops is similar to the argument made by the drunken brother-in-law that cutting off his liquor supply means you don't love him. The difference being, of course, that while the nation's leaders are the ones with the denial problem, it is the soldiers, and their families, who suffer. ...

The above editorial excerpt is from The Buffalo (N.Y.) News.

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