The ‘Progressive’ Warmonger

A Tiny Revolution blogger Jonathan Schwarz quotes (11/12/08) Iraq War booster Michael Hanlon writing on the Politico website that “it is important that Senator Obama hear from centrists on Iraq, and Susan [Rice] may not be such a person on that subject.” In response to the Hanlon assertion that former Bill Clinton official Rice “is indeed a progressive,” Schwarz gives us some examples of “Susan Rice, left-wing radical, expressing her views on Iraq”:

“I think he [then-Secretary of State Colin Powell] has proved that Iraq has these weapons and is hiding them, and I don’t think many informed people doubted that.” (NPR, 2/6/03)

…”It’s clear that Iraq poses a major threat. It’s clear that its weapons of mass destruction need to be dealt with forcefully, and that’s the path we’re on. I think the question becomes whether we can keep the diplomatic balls in the air and not drop any, even as we move forward, as we must, on the military side.” (NPR, 12/20/02)

Rice’s war-mongering credentials also extend beyond current U.S. wars into lobbying for “military… preparation” to “stop the dying in Darfur”; see FAIR’s magazine Extra!: “The Humanitarian Temptation: Calling for War to Bring Peace to Darfur” (1-2/08) by Julie Hollar