“The WMD were not there. Saddam Hussein is no longer there. The 2002 authorization is no longer relevant to the situation in Iraq.”
“Leaving Iraq is necessary — but it is not a plan. We also need a plan for what we leave behind.”
February 15, 2007, Washington, DC – LAWFUEL – Legal News, Legal Jobs – In a speech before the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC today, U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee advocated revisiting the original 2002 Iraq War resolution. The Congress gave the President the authority in 2002 to destroy Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and, if necessary, to depose Saddam Hussein.
“The WMD were not there. Saddam Hussein is no longer there.” Sen. Biden said that the 2002 authorization is no longer relevant to the situation in Iraq and he is working on legislation to repeal that authorization and replace it with a much narrower mission statement for our troops in Iraq.
Sen. Biden also said that although leaving Iraq is necessary, we should also focus on what we leave behind. Sen. Biden’s plan for a federalized Iraq is gaining accolades, not only for its detail and substance, but for its focus on the objective most Americans share: leaving Iraq without leaving chaos behind.
This is a time of tremendous challenge for America in the world.
We must contend with the on-going war in Afghanistan, the genocide in Darfur, nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea, the rise of China and re-emergence Russia, the growing insecurity of our energy supply, the fragility of our climate, and the threat posed by radical fundamentalism.
But one issue dominates our national debate: Iraq.
If we deal with it successfully, we can recover the freedom, flexibility and credibility to meet these other challenges.
That’s what I want to talk about today.