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Leftist Hypocrites on Iraq ^ | 10/22/03 | Michael Tremoglie

Posted on 10/22/2003 1:32:27 AM PDT by kattracks

It is one thing to criticize the president’s foreign policy in principle - to be opposed, because of one's deeply held beliefs, to the president’s actions to invade Iraq. It is quite another to criticize the president’s foreign policy simply to obtain political power.

Unfortunately, for all Americans, the Democratic Party critics of President Bush’s invasion of Iraq - and many other critics of the war - are motivated by politics, not principle. This is revealed by the hypocrisy of their condemnations.

Democrat Senate minority leader Tom Daschle echoed the sentiments of many antiwar protesters by objecting to military action in Iraq because of the lack of UN approval. Yet, he was not concerned about the UN’s opinion when Bill Clinton wanted to take military action in Bosnia and Kosovo. During a 1999 interview Jim Lehrer asked Senator Daschle,  “(A)re you convinced that the American people understand the need to put U.S. troops on the ground in Kosovo?”

Daschle replied, “We have to be able to convince the American people that this is in our interest. I don't think you need much of an imagination, though, to know what happens if all of this gets out of hand.…I think we can avoid that with a little preventative medicine. That's what this is all about. It's preventative, and I think it will work.”

It was an interesting choice of words by Daschle. When Democratic President Bill Clinton wanted to take military action against nations that did not, could not and would not want to do anything against the United States it was called preventative. However, when Republican President George Bush wanted to take military action against a nation that violated a treaty and committed an act of war, it was called preemptive.

Now some might argue there was a difference. They may say that genocide was being committed in the Balkans. This justified taking military action without UN approval.

Such an argument is specious. There was genocide of enormous proportions in Rwanda, yet Clinton did nothing. Meanwhile, Hussein had committed acts of genocide against the Kurds and was known to murder his own people routinely.

Clinton’s actions in Bosnia and Kosovo have been termed illegal by some foreign policy experts. These experts have been both nonpartisan and uniform in their condemnation of American military action in Bosnia/Kosovo and Iraq.

Democratic Party politicians and Bush-haters have reiterated the argument that UN benediction was needed before invading Iraq. Yet, it was President Clinton’s special envoy to the Balkans, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, who recently wrote in the New York Times, “ No serious policy maker would advocate subordinating American national security interests to the United Nations; for this reason President Clinton twice used force in the Balkans (in Bosnia in 1995 and in Kosovo in 1999) without Security Council authority.1

President Bush’s most vituperative critic, Ted Kennedy, voted to allow all necessary force in Kosovo. Yet, when it came to Bush’s proposed military action in Iraq Kennedy said, "UN inspectors are on the ground and making progress, and their work should continue…."

When the first American soldier was killed in Bosnia in February 1996, Democrat Senator Pat Leahy of Vermont said, “the American people were going to have accept more casualties.” Senator Leahy’s attitude now is very different. He is not as glib about military casualties in Iraq as he was about military casualties in Bosnia. About Iraq Leahy said, “We could be involved in urban warfare where large numbers of our troops are killed.”

Democrat New York Congressman Charles Rangel is an excellent example of the hypocrisy of the Iraq war critics. During an interview with Sean Hannity he said, “There are a lot of bums in the world and we shouldn’t go after them without the approval of the international community.”  Yet, Rangel approved Clinton’s military involvement in Bosnia and Kosovo without UN authorization.

What about the media? Their hypocrisy is just as apparent.

At least George Bush went to the UN to ask for assistance. However, Clinton’s team purposely excluded the UN from the Balkans. Yet, there were no New York Times editorials condemning Clinton for not seeking the approval of the UN.  Not one major TV network had someone like Scott Ritter claiming Bush should be impeached because the action in Kosovo violated international law.

What about the entertainers whose vitriolic remarks about President Bush are common? What disparagements did Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, and Janeane Garofalo make about Clinton?

None. As Garofalo said, “ It wasn’t hip to protest then.”

The remarks by Republicans and conservatives criticizing Clinton’s policies in the Balkans were very different from those who criticize President Bush. When President Clinton wanted to send 20,000 troops to Bosnia, the Republican leader in the Senate, Robert Dole, said that although he does not agree with Clinton, "we have one president at a time. He's the commander-in-chief.2

What a difference between Bob Dole and Senator Robert Byrd, who said of President Bush and the pending invasion of Iraq,This nation is about to embark upon the first test of a revolutionary doctrine…The doctrine of preemption -- the idea that the United States or any other nation can legitimately attack a nation that is not imminently threatening…appears to be in contravention of international law and the UN Charter….”

Democratic Party politicians like Kennedy and Daschle, editors like Howell Raines, entertainer/activists like Susan Sarandon need to be tell us why they were not opposed to sending Americans to die in the Balkans when there was no threat whatsoever to America. Yet, they are so vehemently opposed to sending troops to Iraq where there was clearly a threat – if even only a remote one. Is it simply a matter of politics? Is the real reason NOW condemn’s the Iraq invasion more a function the president’s opinion of abortion than it is foreign policy? What do you think?

The president’s critics need to answer this question for the sake of the American people.




Michael P. Tremoglie is the author of the soon-to-be-released novel A Sense of Duty, and an ex-Philadelphia cop. E-mail him at

TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: appallingdems; leftists

1 posted on 10/22/2003 1:32:28 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: misterrob
save for later reading
2 posted on 10/22/2003 5:06:19 AM PDT by misterrob
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To: kattracks
What a bunch of Dole-crap. Dole was all in favor of Bosdnia and Kosovo. His Albanian connections are huge.
3 posted on 10/22/2003 10:24:56 PM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: kattracks

ping - a useful article considering the Democrats' latest push.

4 posted on 11/19/2005 10:49:56 PM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Andy from Beaverton

Dole is a senile old fool. His wife is an outspoken RINO. He presided over the most craven Senate in U.S. history - giving Clinton nearly anything he wanted without a fight.

Then he had the nerve to run one of the most anemic and pathetic Presidental campaigns in history.

He should keep out of politics and go back to shilling for Viagra.

The Democrats have a simple plan - we knew they were going to pursue it BEFORE the election occurred.

If Bush was re-elected, they would try to follow the plan they successfully implemented during Nixon's second term -
impeach the Presdient or force him to resign. Thus is what all the opposition to Iraq is about. They want to whip up public opinion by mantaining that Bush "lied" about WMD in Iraq. They want to discredit his administration by employing bogus criminal trials of his lieutenants by the many liberal activist Democrat judges in this Country - as in the case of Tom DeLay.

The Democrat Party is a cancer in American society - a cancer which must be excised at all costs. It serves no useful public function and only conspires to frustrate foreign policy objectives essential to America's safety for personal partisan political gain; fomenting dissention and class warfare based on income, religion and race; and implementing an agenda of one-world government in a socialist society.

Ronald Reagan wanted future generations of Americans to grow up in a world free of the Evil Empire and the Nuclear menace.

We should strive to emulate him by creating a Country in which future generations of Americans will grow up free of the presence of this pestilential, anti-American cabal known as the Democrat Party.

5 posted on 11/19/2005 11:48:13 PM PST by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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