Former Member of the US House of Representatives (R-CT)
Pro to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"Some say until Iraq poses an imminent threat to the United States and until he both has a nuclear weapon and threatens to use it, or until we have smoking-gun evidence Saddam Hussein launched the planes into the World Trade Center, we should be content to contain and deter an Iraqi regime openly amassing weapons of mass death.
I could not disagree more. Saddam Hussein will not be deterred, and he will not be contained. Testifying before our committee all three national commissions on terrorism stressed the need for a real-time threat assessment, a new strategy to confront the threat, and a restructured Federal Government to implement the strategy. Containment, deterrence, and mutually assured destruction no longer assure our national security.
Our policy, and the structure of government to carry it out, must be proactive and preemptive."
"Statement on H.J. Res. 114, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq," Oct. 9, 2002
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Involvement and Affiliations:
Member, US House of Representatives (R-CT), 1987-2009
Member, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1975-1987
Former Vice-Chairman, Government Reform Committee
Former Member, Financial Services Committee
Former Member, Homeland Security Committee
Former Member, Select Committee on Hurricane Katrina Response
Former Chairman, Subcommittee National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations