Rep. John Lewis on the President's Iraq Speech At Fort Bragg
Congressman John Lewis made these comments about President Bush's address tonight about the war in Iraq delivered from Fort Bragg, North Carolina:
"The President of the United States should stop deceiving the American people. The evidence is clear. Saddam Hussein and the nation of Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. I want the people of Georgia to clearly understand that it is not possible to connect the conflict in Iraq with the tragedies of 9/11."
"This war was ill-conceived. It was not necessary. It was wrong to go into Iraq two years ago, and it is wrong to stay there now. How many more of our young men and women will die? How many more of our young men and women will be wounded? How many dollars will we continue to spend on an unnecessary conflict?"
"The American people have not forgotten that it was the policy of the Bush Administration to attack a sovereign nation that posed no threat to us. This preemptive war is what created the flood of terrorism into the cities of Iraq. We have not been called, we have not been ordained to be the policemen of the world."
"The President of the United States may continue to wrap himself in the robe of 9/11, but as we say in the South, this dog will not hunt. The American people are sick and tired of this war. The community of nations and the people of the world are sick and tired of this war. We must do everything possible to bring this conflict to an end."