Hypocrisy - n. The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.
AN OPEN LETTER TO TOM DASCHLE:
Dear Mr. Daschle,
I am hoping you can clear up a few things for me that have become quite confusing. You have been very vocal about your concern for the Administration seeking Congressional approval for action in Iraq (which was given in November) and the backing of the United Nations (Resolution 1441 unanimously approved). On March 18, 2003, you made comments about President Bush and his Administration saying, “I am saddened that this president has failed so miserably at diplomacy that it forces our country to go to war.”
Back in 1998 you stated that we need to “send as clear a message as possible that we are going to force, one way or another, diplomatically or militarily, Iraq to comply with international law.” Then you said, “Look, we have exhausted virtually every diplomatic effort to get the Iraqis to comply with their own agreements and with international law. Given that, what other option is there but to force them to do so? That’s what they’re saying. This is the key question. And the answer is, we don’t have another option. We have got to force them to comply, and we are doing so militarily.” Correct me if I’m wrong, but did those “diplomatic efforts” you discuss involve Congress or the United Nations? I must’ve missed something. And what was the “rush to war” back then?
You seem to be primarily concerned that President Bush has not proven that Saddam Hussein presents, in your words, “a very imminent threat.” That’s a high bar. It seems less a realistic request of the Bush administration than a deliberately unattainable standard of evidence. For, you surely know, if President Bush had proof that the Iraqi threat were imminent, to say nothing of “very imminent,” the president wouldn’t waste time publishing the evidence. He would eliminate the threat.
But then you said on the floor of the Senate on October 10, 2002, “We know that Iraq maintains stockpiles of some of the world’s deadliest chemical weapons including VX, sarin, and mustard gas. We know that Iraq is developing deadlier ways to deliver these horrible weapons, including unmanned drones and long-range ballistic missiles. And we know Saddam Hussein is committed to one day possessing nuclear weapons.” At what point does this become a threat, I’m just curious. And is it your opinion that these “stockpiles” of “the world’s deadliest chemical weapons” still exist or not?
You stated, in support of Clinton’s actions, “if something wasn’t done, sooner or later, Saddam Hussein was going to use a bomb.”
From where I stand only three things have changed since 1998, Mr. Daschle:
1. The situation in Iraq has gotten much worse, including the absence of UN Inspectors for 4 years and more reports of mass development of WMDs by Saddam;
2. September 11th attacks on United States soil;
3. A Republican is in the White House.
Mr. Daschle, your hypocrisy is blatantly transparent. You are without shame. You are the most extreme example of a policital hack this country has ever seen. You, Mr. Daschle have taken a route that puts political affiliation and your own political aspirations above the needs of this country and its people. You, Mr. Daschle, are not fit to serve this great land. You are an embarassment to all our flag stands for.
The time has come for you, Mr. Daschle, to recognize that your extreme leftists views have isolated you in the political world and your thoughts, ideas and lack of judgment signal the end of your political career. You have done nothing but divide and polarize, all for personal benefit. It’s time for you to go.
Two things you might want to look up on your way out:
Patriotism - n. Love of and devotion to one’s country.
Devotion - n. Ardent, often selfless affection and dedication, as to a person or principle
You, Mr. Daschle are no American patriot.
A Real American