Sen. Hillary Clinton on October 10, 2002, stating her intentions to vote for the Iraq War Resolution.
"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al-Qaeda members, though there is apparently no evidence in his involvement in the terrible events of September the 11th, 2001."
"Even though the resolution before the Senate is not as strong as I would like in requiring the diplomatic route first, and placing highest priority on a simple, clear requirement for unlimited inspections, I will take the President at his word that he will try hard to pass a U.N. resolution, and will seek to avoid war if at all possible.
"Because bipartisan support for this resolution makes success in the United Nations more likely -- and therefore war less likely -- and because a good faith effort by the United States even if it fails will bring more allies and legitimacy to our cause, I have concluded after careful and serious consideration that a vote for the resolution best serves the security of our nation."
"I come to this decision from the perspective of a Senator from New York, who have seen all too closely the consequences of last year's terrible attacks on our nation. In balancing the risks of action versus inaction, I think New Yorkers who have gone through the fires of hell may be more attuned the risks of not acting.
"I know that I am."
Eight days previously, Illinois state senator and aspiring United States senatorial candidate Barack Obama gave a speech as well.
"Now let me be clear. I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man, a ruthless man, a man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent or direct threat to the United States, and in concert with the international community he can be contained -- until in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history.
"I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences."
"You want to fight, President Bush? Let's finish the fight with Bin Laden and al-Qaeda..."
Now, for a third opinion on the Iraq War Resolution from that time by a Democratic senator, here is Sen. Robert Byrd.
"I think the American people want somebody who stands for something. They are tired of this wishy washy going along, and saying 'We've got to get it over' and 'We've got to put it behind us'. We're not going to put this thing behind us. The President has chosen to make this the battlefield. Iraq. He has chosen to make that the battlefield. His administration has chosen to do that. His chief political advisor Karl Rove advised the Republican members of the national committee in January to do that."
"Mr. President, this is plain and simple a blank check given to the President of the United States. I won't touch it."