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Lisa Murkowski: Prewar Iraq was a safe haven for terrorists

KNOWLES: “We were told about weapons of mass destruction and (connections) to al-Qaida, and today we know that’s not true,” Knowles said. He said he supported the doctrine expressed by Secretary of State Colin Powell when he was an Army general: strike only when you have an overwhelming force, broad public support and an exit strategy. “We’re lost in a quagmire and alone in the world,” said Knowles, a Vietnam veteran. “We are bogged down as an occupying army,” while America’s real threat, Osama bin Laden, remains free.

MURKOWSKI: Murkowski said Americans are engaging in “a lot of Monday-morning quarterbacking” on the war. “We all agree that the world is a better place, a safer place, without Saddam Hussein in power,” she said. She described prewar Iraq as a “safe haven for terrorists,” an assertion that was not reached by the Sept. 11 Commission.

Source: [Xref Knowles] AK Senate Debate in Anchorage Daily News Oct 27, 2004

Scott Kohlhaas: The Bush doctrine makes a draft is very, very likely

The Bush doctrine is one of pre-emptive strike and they have claimed there is an axis of evil and they have taken on one of the three - Iraq. It doesn’t take a man of vision to see that a draft is very, very likely if they continue down this path.
Source: Commentary on AK Senate Debate, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Oct 27, 2004

Lisa Murkowski: A democratic Iraq will be a role model for the Middle East

Q: Was the Iraqi invasion a successful step toward democracy in the Middle East or a setback?

KNOWLES: Based on the information of imminent threat presented to Congress by Bush, I supported the decision to invade Iraq. Knowing today this information was false, we would be safer if we had used those forces for a full-scale assault on Al-Qaida and bin Laden, who remain an imminent threat to our security. It remains in the best interests of America and the world to continue efforts to bring peace and stability to Iraq.

MURKOWSKI: Iraq will be a successful and stable democracy and the result will place greater pressure on other Middle Eastern nations to grant individuals greater civil rights and liberties. This will only come about if the US remains committed to assisting Iraq make this transformation. If not, other groups who would like to play a greater role in their own government’s decision-making process are likely to be disillusioned and unlikely to push for reform.

Source: [Xref Knowles] AK Senate Debate, Q&A by Daily News-Miner Oct 10, 2004

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