"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'...
"Senator Feinstein Cosponsors Resolution Urging President Bush to Give UN Weapons Inspectors More Time in Iraq," Address to the US Senate, Jan. 29, 2003
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."
[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.]
"US Senator Dianne Feinstein: The Right Course on Iraq," Prepared Floor Statement, Oct. 10, 2002
"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."