Sen. Fritz Hollings on Iraq
“Howard Dean is right,” declared the silver-haired Hollings, launching into a spirited defense of Dean’s assertion that Americans are no safer now that Saddam Hussein has been captured. “Saddam wasn’t causing anybody any problem.
You have some little smart-aleck announcer on television asking, ‘Do you think we’re better off with Saddam gone?’ What else is gone? We have 456 dead; 11,000 maimed for life, and I don’t think it was worth it. I had intended to vote against that resolution [giving Bush the authority to wage war against Iraq], but Rummy and Condi Rice and Cheney said you can’t wait until the smoking gun is a mushroom cloud. I thought they had some intelligence, that they knew something.”