October 7, 2012     


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Submitted by Michael Dewey
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Ten years ago today, Congress began debate on legislation that would authorize the Bush Administration to wage war on a nation that did not attack us, had no connection to 9-11 and did not pose a threat to our country.

As one of the first to oppose the war, I recall the intense pressure in Congress to support the war. Leaders of both political parties told me I stood alone and that history would judge me as betraying the memory of 9-11, even though Iraq had nothing whatsoever to do with 9-11.

Days before the critical vote, there was a report in mainstream media which said that only 19 Members opposed the war. We surprised the media when we turned out 25 members in opposition at a press conference. Days later, I announced that at least a hundred Members would oppose the war. Yet the pressure to conform continued, stemming from the White House, the media, and party leadership. The effort to manufacture consent within Congress and the nation was in full force.

One hundred thirty two of my colleagues and I stood strong. We saw the truth that Iraq was not a threat and that the war would result in countless deaths, trillions wasted and a step towards permanent war and fear.


 

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