DECISION TO GO TO WAR
- Author, former
war correspondent, and New York Times columnist Chris Hedges in a 12/26/02
interview by Terence Smith:
"[War] gives us a sense of purpose, it ennobles us as a people,
it allows us to jettison individual consciousness for a goal, a noble
goal, and it . . . it allows us to suspend questioning, to stop questioning
for the great enterprise in front of us. And unfortunately, that's why
war at its inception is often met with such exhilaration."
- President Bush
in his 3/6/03 prime time press conference:
"I hope we don't have to go to war. But if we go to war we will
disarm Iraq. And if we go to war there will be regime change. And replacing
the cancer inside Iraq will be a government that represents the rights
of all the people, a government which represents the voices of the Shia
and the Sunni and the Kurds."
- Former Speaker
of the House Newt Gingrich in a 3/9/03 Washington Post article:
"I think history will record that a remarkably strong president
happened to be in office at a juncture where weapons of mass destruction
and terrorism rewrote all the rules of engagement in international relations,"
Gingrich said. "It will record that the president moved beyond
old institutions and developed a new set of alliances."
- National Security
Adviser to President Carter Zbigniew Brzezinski in 3/7/03 NewsHour debate:
"If there was an imminent threat, I would say yes, go to war on
the 17th, go to war tomorrow even. We don't face an imminent threat.
The president repeatedly has said it's a grave and gathering threat.
And how we deal with it is absolutely critical to the kind of leadership
we'll be able to exercise over the next decade, to the kind of precedents
we set for dealing with North Korea, and other problems of proliferation
of terrorism. We don't want to be dealing with these problems alone,
because we will not be able to deal with them effectively on our own."
- French Foreign
Minister Dominique De Villepin in his 3/7/03 response to U.N. weapons
inspector Hans Blix's report to the U.N. Security Council:
"To those who believe that war would be the quickest way of disarming
Iraq, I can reply that it will drive wedges and create wounds that will
be long in healing. And how many victims will it cause? How many families
- Secretary of
State Colin Powell in his 3/7/03 response to U.N. weapons inspector
Hans Blix's report to the U.N. Security Council:
"Nobody wants war, but it is clear that the limited progress we
have seen, the process changes we have seen, the slight substantive
changes we have seen come from the presence of a large military force,
nations who are willing to put their young men and women in harm's way
in order to rid the world of these dangerous weapons. It doesn't come
simply from resolutions; it doesn't come simply from inspectors; it
comes from the will of this council, the unified political will of this
council and the willingness to use force if it comes to that to make
sure that we achieve the disarmament of Iraq."