Now Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"House Joint Resolution 114, which I supported, and which authorizes the use of force against Iraq, specifically calls for a Presidential determination, that - and I quote - 'reliance by the United States on further diplomatic or other peaceful means alone either will not adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq or is not likely to lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq'...
I deeply believe that if Iraq is in possession of weapons of mass destruction, it poses a real threat to the entire international community; and there is no doubt, as the President pointed out, that Saddam Hussein is an evil dictator.
But at this point I believe it would be a tremendous mistake for the United States to unilaterally attack Iraq, and I urge the administration to go slow, let the inspectors do their work, and build that international coalition. War should be a last resort, not a foregone conclusion."
"Senator Feinstein Cosponsors Resolution Urging President Bush to Give UN Weapons Inspectors More Time in Iraq," Address to the US Senate, Jan. 29, 2003
[Editor's Note: Prior to Dianne Feinsteins' Jan. 29, 2003 Con address to the US Senate above, her position was Pro the US attack on Iraq as indicated by her Oct. 10, 2002 prepared floor statement below.]
"Disarming Iraq under Saddam Hussein is necessary and vital to the safety and security of America, the Persian Gulf and the Middle East - let there be no doubt about this.
But the decision to cast this vote does not come lightly. I continue to have serious concerns that there are those in the Administration who would seek to use this authorization for a unilateral, pre-emptive attack against Iraq.
I believe this would be a terrible mistake...
I deeply believe that it is vital for the U.N. Security Council to approve a new, robust resolution requiring full and unconditional access to search for and destroy all weapons of mass destruction.
Unfortunately, the Security Council has not yet taken this action. Nor do we, at this time, know if they will.
If one believes Iraq is a real threat, and I do, and if the United Nations fails to act, then the only alternative is military action led by the United States."
"US Senator Dianne Feinstein: The Right Course on Iraq," Prepared Floor Statement, Oct. 10, 2002
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Involvement and Affiliations:
US Senator (D-CA), 1992-present
Chairman, Rules and Administration Committee, 2007-present
Member of the following US Senate Committees: Judiciary Committee, Appropriations Committee, and Select Committee on Intelligence
Mayor of San Francisco, 1978-1988
Recipient of the following awards and medals: Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Oct. 2001; Top 50 Member of Congress - Top Five Centrists Award, Congressional Quarterly, 2000; President’s Medal, University of California at San Francisco, 1988; US Navy’s Distinguished Civilian Award for Service, 1987; US Army’s Commander’s Award for Public Service, 1986; French Legion d’Honneur, bestowed by President Mitterand, 1984; Los Angeles Anti-Defamation League of B’nai Brith’s Distinguished Public Service Award, 1984; five honorary doctorates and one honorary law degree
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"Confronting Iran; Will We Learn From Our Mistakes and Apply Tough Diplomacy - Or Rely Once Again on the Failed Doctrine of Preemption?," Los Angeles Times, Apr. 15, 2006
Cowritten with Barbara Mikulski, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Barbara Boxer, Patty Murray, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Mary Landrieu, Blanche L. Lincoln and Catherine Whitney, Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate, 2001
First female mayor of San Fransciso and the first woman to serve in the US Senate from California