Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"There is nothing careless about pointing to the President's mistakes and missteps in Iraq. In fact, we must. His misjudgments have made America less safe.
From the outset, Administration blunders increased the costs and risks of confronting Saddam Hussein and securing Iraq. The Administration built its case for war on faulty and cherry-picked intelligence.
Smoking guns would become mushroom clouds....Al Qaeda and Saddam had a dangerous alliance...nuclear weapons materials were flowing into Iraq from Africa...we could invade Iraq without diverting resources from the ongoing war on terror...the Iraq war would be over quickly and the costs would be covered by the proceeds from Iraqi oil sales. All these assertions, of course, turned out to be false."
"Reid Calls for a Change in Course in Iraq," Speech on the floor of the US Senate, June 22, 2006
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:
Majority Leader, US Senate, 2006-present
Chairman, Select Committee on Ethics
Chairman, Committee on Environment and Public Works
Co-chairman, Senate Democratic Conference
Co-chairman, Democratic Policy Committee
Member, Special Committee on Aging
Member, Committee on Appropriations
Democratic Leader and Minority Leader, US Senate, 2004-2006
Majority Whip, US Senate, 2001-2005
Minority Whip, US Senate, 1999-2001
US Senator (D-NV), 1986-present
Member, US House of Representatives, 1st Congressional District, Nevada 1982-1987