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Sen. Robert Byrd lays it down

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by BROWNer, Mar 20, 2003.

  1. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    Senator Robert Byrd (D-W. Vir.):

    March 19, 2003 3:45pm

    I believe in this beautiful country. I have studied its roots and gloried in the wisdom of its magnificent Constitution. I have marveled at the wisdom of its founders and framers. Generation after generation of Americans has understood the lofty ideals that underlie our great Republic. I have been inspired by the story of their sacrifice and their strength.

    But, today I weep for my country. I have watched the events of recent months with a heavy, heavy heart. No more is the image of America one of strong, yet benevolent peacekeeper. The image of America has changed. Around the globe, our friends mistrust us, our word is disputed, our intentions are questioned.

    Instead of reasoning with those with whom we disagree, we demand obedience or threaten recrimination. Instead of isolating Saddam Hussein, we seem to have isolated ourselves. We proclaim a new doctrine of preemption which is understood by few and feared by many. We say that the United States has the right to turn its firepower on any corner of the globe which might be suspect in the war on terrorism. We assert that right without the sanction of any international body. As a result, the world has become a much more dangerous place.

    We flaunt our superpower status with arrogance. We treat UN Security Council members like ingrates who offend our princely dignity by lifting their heads from the carpet. Valuable alliances are split.

    After war has ended, the United States will have to rebuild much more than the country of Iraq. We will have to rebuild America's image around the globe.

    The case this Administration tries to make to justify its fixation with war is tainted by charges of falsified documents and circumstantial evidence. We cannot convince the world of the necessity of this war for one simple reason. This is a war of choice.

    There is no credible information to connect Saddam Hussein to 9/11. The twin towers fell because a world-wide terrorist group, Al Qaeda, with cells in over 60 nations, struck at our wealth and our influence by turning our own planes into missiles, one of which would likely have slammed into the dome of this beautiful Capitol except for the brave sacrifice of the passengers on board.

    The brutality seen on September 11th and in other terrorist attacks we have witnessed around the globe are the violent and desperate efforts by extremists to stop the daily encroachment of western values upon their cultures. That is what we fight. It is a force not confined to borders. It is a shadowy entity with many faces, many names, and many addresses.

    But, this Administration has directed all of the anger, fear, and grief which emerged from the ashes of the twin towers and the twisted metal of the Pentagon towards a tangible villain, one we can see and hate and attack. And villain he is. But, he is the wrong villain. And this is the wrong war. If we attack Saddam Hussein, we will probably drive him from power. But, the zeal of our friends to assist our global war on terrorism may have already taken flight.

    The general unease surrounding this war is not just due to "orange alert." There is a pervasive sense of rush and risk and too many questions unanswered. How long will we be in Iraq? What will be the cost? What is the ultimate mission? How great is the danger at home?

    A pall has fallen over the Senate Chamber. We avoid our solemn duty to debate the one topic on the minds of all Americans, even while scores of thousands of our sons and daughters faithfully do their duty in Iraq.

    What is happening to this country? When did we become a nation which ignores and berates our friends? When did we decide to risk undermining international order by adopting a radical and doctrinaire approach to using our awesome military might? How can we abandon diplomatic efforts when the turmoil in the world cries out for diplomacy?

    Why can this President not seem to see that America's true power lies not in its will to intimidate, but in its ability to inspire?

    War appears inevitable. But, I continue to hope that the cloud will lift. Perhaps Saddam will yet turn tail and run. Perhaps reason will somehow still prevail. I along with millions of Americans will pray for the safety of our troops, for the innocent civilians in Iraq, and for the security of our homeland. May God continue to bless the United States of America in the troubled days ahead, and may we somehow recapture the vision which for the present eludes us.
     
  2. willy.wonka

    willy.wonka Guest

    we just need a new one
     
  3. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

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  4. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

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  5. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

  6. mental invalid

    mental invalid Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 11, 2001 Messages: 13,050 Likes Received: 8
    bump.....for outspoken critics not being heard
     
  7. chicken bone

    chicken bone Guest

    been meaning to bump this!

    bravo!

    too bad this guy will be on bush's hitlist as soon as the new world order comes into play :(

    i hope thats an exaggeration on my part! and maybe i read too many books and watch too many movies.. but things are getting scary.
     
  8. dignan

    dignan Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 27, 2002 Messages: 1,224 Likes Received: 33
    bush aint that great but dick chenney rules.......four more years!!!

    and i think history will prove bush correct in this conflict.......we know more terrorist attacks are coming (they were comming even before this war) but how many have happened since 9-11.........bush's tactics are working, four more years!
     
  9. Esai

    Esai Member

    Joined: Oct 12, 2001 Messages: 612 Likes Received: 1
    So youre againt Bush but all for Dick?
     
  10. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    ha
    .
     
  11. some pittsburgh flavor

    some pittsburgh flavor Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 31, 2001 Messages: 4,936 Likes Received: 0
    our country must be some sort of a laughing stock.

    if not because of idiocy, because we've got a Dick, a Bush, and a Colon





    yes, i know it's "colin"
     
  12. KING BLING

    KING BLING Guest

    Ben Franklin
    History is all a fucking lie.
    Read "Peoples History of the United States 1492-Present" by Howard Zinn. It is the only true history of the United States I have seen. The rest that I have seen are written by coward historians, and of course written by the victor not neccesarily the righteous.
     
  13. VAITOMANOCU

    VAITOMANOCU Member

    Joined: Apr 30, 2002 Messages: 711 Likes Received: 0
    it's becoming clear to me and i'm sure to many, that a lot of people have been doing their homework and that even more just accept everything they see on FOX
     
  14. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    i call fox the 'bush channel'.
     
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