In a recent interview, Katie Couric asked Condoleezza Rice what were the reasons for removing Saddam Hussein if one were to take fear of weapons of mass destruction out of the argument. Rice reviewed the general pathologies of the Saddam regime, but did not cite the October 2002 joint congressional resolutions that listed over 20 writs justifying regime change, including Saddam’s bounties to terrorist bombers on the West Bank, genocide against the Kurds, attempts to kill George H. W. Bush, harboring of terrorists, and violation of the 1991 accords, the no-fly zones, and U.N. sanctions. So there were plenty of reasons, not counting fear of WMD, for Congress to have wanted to remove Saddam — and indeed a majority of Democratic senators, including Harry Reid, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton, and sizable numbers of House Democrats voted for the resolutions. The administration erred in hyping one or two writs concerning WMD, and today the result is that we have completely forgotten the congressional authorizations in late 2002 and their rather long litany of Saddam’s transgressions — which had earlier led Bill Clinton to push through a regime-change authorization of his own (the Iraqi Liberation Act of 1998).
A list of exhibits filed in a Virginia federal court Wednesday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller includes emails between Paul Manafort and former Bernie Sanders aide Tad Devine. Devine, Sanders's chief strategist during his 2016 presidential run, is a former business partner in Manafort's lobbying operation, ... Read More
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When Bernie Sanders came to the University of Massachusetts Amherst during his campaign for president, thousands of my fellow students turned out to hear him speak. With his many campus visits, the socialist senator certainly left an impression — roughly 2 million young people voted for him in 2016. Thanks ... Read More
Yesterday, President Obama stood in a cricket stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, and said a lot of things that could, or should, get conservatives nodding in agreement. But as he offered a grim assessment of both modern American politics and the broader geopolitical scene, you had to wonder when, if ever, he ... Read More
‘Democracy demands that we’re able to also get inside the reality of people who are different than us, so we can understand their point of view. Maybe we can change their minds, maybe they’ll change ours.” That was Barack Obama speaking in South Africa on the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s ... Read More