Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"Well aware of the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution, Senator Lott has asserted that a unilateral, preemptive strike against the Saddam Hussein regime would fall within the 'Use of Force Resolution' that was passed by the Congress after September 11 of last year.
Under the facts, as we now understand them, I must disagree. Contrast the authority that was – and was not – granted by the Congress last year.
Senator Lott and I both voted to give President Bush congressional authorization 'to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons . . . .'
The Congress did not give the President advance authorization to use American military forces against nations – including Saddam Hussein’s Iraq – whose connection with the September 11 attacks have yet to be established."
"The Congress Must Decide if We Are to Go to War with Iraq," AFRO-American Newspaper, Aug. 10, 2002
Experts PhD's, JD's (lawyers), Judges, Members of Congress, Ambassadors, Consulate Generals, heads of government, Cabinet-level positions, military generals/admirals, Chief Weapons Inspectors, members of legislative bodies with significant involvement in, or related to, the US - Iraq conflict. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
US Congressman (D-MD), 1996-present
Member, Government Reform Committee
Member, Joint Economic Committee
Member, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Ranking Member, Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources Subcommittee
Member, Federal Workforce and Agency Organization Subcommittee
Member, Highways & Transit Subcommittee
Member, Congressional Black Caucus
Co-chair, House AIDS Working Group
Member, House Task Force on Health Care Reform
Maryland House of Delegates, 16 years of service
Former Chairman, Legislative Black Caucus, Maryland General Assembly