"You can support the troops but not the president."
"Well, I just think it's a bad idea. What's going to happen is they're going to be over there for 10, 15, maybe 20 years."
"Explain to the mothers and fathers of American servicemen that may come home in body bags why their son or daughter have to give up their life?"
"[The] President . . . is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation's armed forces about how long they will be away from home. These strikes do not make for a sound foreign policy."
"American foreign policy is now one huge big mystery. Simply put, the administration is trying to lead the world with a feel-good foreign policy."
"If we are going to commit American troops, we must be certain they have a clear mission, an achievable goal and an exit strategy."
"I had doubts ... from the beginning . . I didn't think we had done enough in the diplomatic area."
"I cannot support a failed foreign policy. History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now. The President began this mission with very vague objectives and lots of unanswered questions. A month later, these questions are still unanswered. There are no clarified rules of engagement. There is no timetable. There is no legitimate definition of victory. There is no contingency plan for mission creep. There is no clear funding program. There is no agenda to bolster our over-extended military. There is no explanation defining what vital national interests are at stake. There was no strategic plan for war when the President started this thing, and there still is no plan today"
"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is."
All quotes from Republicans during the Clinton Administration.
Senator Rick Santorum
Karen Hughes, spokesman for George W. Bush
Senator Trent Lott
Joe Scarborough (R-Fl at the time)
With Republican spittle and drool oozing out at everyone who opposes the Iraq war and dares to go public, It is worth noting that these quotes are from Republican "traitors", as the Republicans themselves term it. From a different wear, though, with Clinton as President. The next to last quote is from Tom Delay. The last one is straight from George W. Bush"s mouth.
As Kos points out, Clinton won this war without a single American casualty!