Wellstone on Iraq - In a Strib article today, Senator Wellstone and challenger Norm Coleman talk about their stances toward Iraq.
Coleman nails the point that the left seems to miss:
"We can ignore the snake...We can even say we'll just wait because he has not bitten us yet. But the fact is this: Ignoring, avoiding and prolonging the situation only benefits the snake. It only increases his chances of slithering within striking range undetected. It only increases the sheer number of opportunities he has to do evil."I'm convinced the left won't see a problem until we see mushroom clouds rising over New York. And then you can be sure Joe Lieberman and John McCain will be demanding an independent commission to find out what the problem was, too...
In the meantime, Wellstone says:
"Nobody believes that Saddam Hussein should be ignored," Wellstone said. But he also said that no connection has been established between Saddam and Al-Qaida and that he has seen no evidence that Iraq has, or is close to getting, weapons it can use against the United States.Nobody but the head of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (the German CIA), anyway.
Wellstone said an international program of unfettered weapons inspection can be designed and would work against Iraq.Question, Senator; how does one propose to make this round of inspections any more "unfettered" than the last batch?
He favors the adoption of a U.N. resolution demanding Iraqi cooperation with inspectors and warning Saddam that if he does not comply, "consequences will follow." Wellstone said the administration should give priority to getting such a resolution adopted by the Security Council.Well, at least we'll have another resolution.
We can use stacks of resolutions to rebuild the first American city destroyed by a terrorist bomb...Posted by Mitch at September 24, 2002 10:49 AM