Dec 15, 2003
On February 17, a month before the U.S. attack on Iraq occurred, Dean said, "From the outset, the Administration has seemed oblivious to the simple fact that it clearly would be in our interests for any war with Iraq to occur with U.N. authorization and cooperation and not without it." Dean was not against the war on Iraq; he just wanted U.N. approval to cover for a U.S. attack.
As recently as December 13, Dean's website highlights his demand of June 22 to put more U.S. troops into Iraq: "I believe that we need a very substantial increase in troops. They don't all have to be American troops. My guess would be that we would need at least 30,000 and 40,000 additional troops."
As for Clark, after declaring he wasn't eager to go to war, he says, on his website, "Nevertheless, we're there now and that's all ancient history. So, what we have to do is I think number one: establish legitimacy.... So, I'd go first to the United Nations. I'd say, 'Look, we know you don't have a security force. We'll finish the job, we'll work for security."
"Security," of course, is nothing but a mild-sounding word for the violence of war.
Opponents of the war? No!