Ed Driscoll

Quote of the Day

Guess who said this:

“I call on those who question the motives of the president and his national security advisors to join with the rest of America in presenting a united front to our enemies abroad.”

–Senator Dick Durbin, in 1998, defending then-President Bill Clinton, when he attacked Iraq.

But then, he wasn’t the only one saying such things back then.

Update: Instalanche! Welcome Glenn Reynolds readers, as well as those of the several other blogs who have trackbacked to this post.

Another Update: Via James Taranto, here is the full quote from a press release issued by Senator Durbin on December 17th, 1998:

For Immediate Release
Contact: Melissa Merz
(202) 224-7028
December 17, 1998

DURBIN STATEMENT ON MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAQ
I fully support President Clinton and our national security team’s decision to take swift action against Saddam Hussein.

The attack against this dictator should come as no surprise.

The record clearly shows that he has harassed American and United Nations inspectors, ordered the destruction of important documents in anticipation of inspections and hampered the ability of inspectors to carry out their mission. His defiant protection of his weapons of mass destruction cannot go unanswered.

The mission has bipartisan support, including U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee; U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN); and U.S. Sen. John Warner (R-VA), incoming Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

I call on those who question the motives of the president and his national security advisors to join with the rest of America in presenting a united front to our enemies abroad.

The men and women who are risking their lives in defense of our national and global security deserve nothing less.

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Taranto also notes that at least one prominent Democrat has called on Senator Durbin to fully apologize for his remarks: Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley.