May 13, 2004

Tom DeLay, How Times Have Changed

Tom DeLay, in his own words.  From the Office of the Democratic Whip:

“Doing good on a worldwide scale appeals to peace hawks, who are motivated by altruism, not patriotism.” Floor Statement, 4/15/99

“American foreign policy is now one huge big mystery.  Simply put, the administration is trying to lead the world with a feel-good foreign policy.” Floor Statement on Resolution on Peacekeeping Operations in Kosovo, 3/11/99

“Bombing a sovereign nation for ill-defined reasons with vague objectives undermines the American stature in the world.  The international respect and trust for America has diminished every time we casually let the bombs fly.  We must stop giving the appearance that our foreign policy is formulated by the Unabomber.” Floor Statement on Resolution on Peacekeeping Operations in Kosovo, 3/11/99

“I rise today to state that no defense funds should be used for ground forces in Kosovo unless authorized by Congress.” Floor Statement, 4/15/99

“So what they are doing here is they are voting to continue an unplanned war by an administration that is incompetent of [sic] carrying it out.  I hope my colleagues will vote against this resolution.” Floor Statement on S. Con. Res. 21, 4/15/99

“It is clear that any deployment to Kosovo will similarly drag on and go enormously over budget.”  Floor Statement, 4/28/99

“I cannot support a failed foreign policy. History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now. The President began this mission with very vague objectives and lots of unanswered questions. A month later, these questions are still unanswered. There are no clarified rules of engagement. There is no timetable. There is no legitimate definition of victory. There is no contingency plan for mission creep. There is no clear funding program. There is no agenda to bolster our overextended military. There is no explanation defining what vital national interests are at stake. There was no strategic plan for war when the President started this thing, and there still is no plan today.”  Floor Statement, 4/28/99

And more recently?

“You still have the Starks of the world, and the Sheila Jackson-Lees, who are trying to have it both ways. They start every comment with ‘I certainly support the troops,’ and then go denigrate why they’re there. That’s not supporting the troops, because you are telling that soldier directly he’s risking his life for something that’s wrong, and that has consequences. It has consequences in morale; it has consequences in soldiers second-guessing orders; it has consequences in soldiers questioning themselves as to what their commitment is.” – Rep. Tom DeLay, Washington Times, 3/27/03


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