Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives (D-CA)
Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"It is from the perspective of 10 years on the Intelligence Committee that I rise in opposition to this resolution [authorizing military force against Iraq] on national security grounds. The clear and present danger that our country faces is terrorism. I say flat out that unilateral use of force without first exhausting every diplomatic remedy and other remedies and making a case to the American people will be harmful to our war on terrorism."
"Unilateral Use of Force Will Be Harmful to the War on Terrorism," Speech delivered on the House floor, Oct. 10, 2002
Experts Individuals with PhD's, JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the US - Iraq conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the US - Iraq conflict.
Involvement and Affiliations:
US Representative, California 8th Congressional District, 1987-present
House Minority Leader, US House of Representatives, 2011-present
Speaker, US House of Representatives (D-CA), 2007-2011
House Minority Leader, 2002-2007
House Minority Whip, 2001-2002
Member, US House of Representatives, 1987-present
Former Senior Member, Appropriations Committee
Former Member, Intelligence Committee
Former Member, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence