September 27, 2002

(From here and here.)

"Only a person lacking in wisdom would send American troops wading into this mire" with the belief that Iraqi people would help oust Saddam, and that his overthrow would "somehow bring the winds of democratic changes to the entire Middle East region." - Sen. Russell Feingold of Wisconsin.

Bush "has not yet made the case to the American people that the United States must solve this problem alone, if necessary." - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph Biden.

"The administration has not made a convincing case that we face such an imminent threat to our national security that a unilateral, pre-emptive American strike and an immediate war are necessary." - Sen. Edward Kennedy.

French President Jacques Chirac "reiterated that France remains more than ever in favor of a two-step approach and that this is the view of the majority of the international community." - spokeswoman Catherine Colonna.

"If the weapons inspections do not take place, if we do not have clear proof and if we do not have the authorization of the Security Council, we cannot launch a military attack on Iraq -- otherwise, there would be incalculable consequences." - Prime Minister Zhu Rongji of China.

"Anything that's going to condition what the president's going to do on whether or not the U.N. Security Council acts ... is not going to be acceptable," said Senate Minority Leader/hairball Trent Lott.

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