Tuesday, July 15, 2003
Dean: “I Seek Accountability” http://dean2004.blogspot.com/politics/2003_07_13_deanarchive.html#105830342960369668
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2003
Dean: “I Seek Accountability”
WASHINGTON—While campaigning in the nation’s capital today, Governor Howard Dean, M.D. made the following statement regarding recent developments: “It only becomes more and more clear every day what a mistake this administration made in launching a pre-emptive war in Iraq. The evidence mounts that not only did the Administration mislead the American people and the world in making its case for war but that it failed to plan adequately for the peace.
“Today, we are paying the price: in lives lost, in a $100 billion price tag that only rises daily, and in the toll on our reputation around the world.
“There was a time and a place for questioning the veracity of the evidence being presented about the war. There was a time for asking the tough questions about the rationale for war, the planning for peace and the cost of the mission—and that time was before the first shot was fired. It was the duty of our elected representatives in Congress to ask the toughest possible questions about our purpose and our plans before signing a blank check for the Bush administration to wage pre-emptive war.
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