Historical fact: Minnesota Democrats voted "no" on the Iraq war.
As President Bush and his administration accuse Democrats of "rewriting history" about initial support for the war, the fact remains that 21 Democratic senators and 126 Democrats in the House of Representatives voted against Joint Resolution 114 that entrusted the president with the ultimate final decision of going to war, which he pledged would only happen as a last resort.
Both Minnesota senators, Democrats Paul Wellstone and Mark Dayton, voted no to the resolution, in effect challenging the rationale of going to war before it ever started.
Also, of the five Minnesota Democrats in the House of Representatives at the time of the vote, the majority (three of them) voted no (Jim Oberstar, Martin Sabo and Nancy McCollum) and two voted yes (Bill Luther and Collin Peterson).
All three Minnesota Republicans in the House voted yes (Gil Gutknecht, Jim Ramstad and Mark Kennedy). (John Kline defeated Luther for his seat in 2002.)
To be blunt: Democrats are not rewriting history, Bush and his administration are just lying... again. MICHAEL ENDRIZZI
21 Senate Dems and 126 Dems in the House of Reps VOTED AGAINST House Joint Resolution 114 as taken on October 11, 2002
The vote on House Joint Resolution 114 as taken on October 11, 2002. It passed the Senate by a vote of 77 to 23. The 21 Democrats, one Republican and one Independent senator who courageously voted their consciences against it were:
The House of Representatives passed the Resolution by a vote of 296 to 133. In the House, six Republicans (Ron Paul of Texas; Connie Morella of Maryland; Jim Leach of Iowa; Amo Houghton of New York; John Hostettler of Indiana; and John Duncan of Tennessee) joined 126 Democrats in voting nay.
"All across this land Americans are insisting on a peaceful resolution of matters in Iraq," Kucinich said then. "All across this land, Americans are looking towards the United States to be a nation among nations, working through the United Nations to help resolve this crisis."
On March 20, 2005, George W. Bush rapidly returned to Washington from another Crawford vacation so he could intervene in the Terry Schiavo case by signing Republican legislation requiring doctors to restore Schiavo's feeding tube.
But now, he has found it too difficult to take a few minutes out of his five-week vacation to meet Cindy Sheehan, who simply wants to know the reason that her son is dead... http://bobgeiger.blogspot.com/2005/08/bush-interrupted-vacation-for-schiavo.html
...She obtained figures for the number of civilians killed in Baghdad between 28 February and 5 April, and discovered that 29 had been killed in firefights involving US forces and insurgents. This was four times the number of Iraqi police killed.
"These statistics demonstrate that the US military can and does track civilian casualties," she wrote. "Troops on the ground keep these records because they recognise they have a responsibility to review each action taken and that it is in their interest to minimise mistakes, especially since winning the hearts and minds of Iraqis is a key component of their strategy..." http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=631173
by Peter Grose, Special to the New York Times (9/4/1967: p. 2)
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3-- United States officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in South Vietnam's presidential election despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting.
According to reports from Saigon, 83 per cent of the 5.85 million registered voters cast their ballots yesterday. Many of them risked reprisals threatened by the Vietcong.
NYT. 9/4/1967: p. 2.
...But the generals certainly do know how resistance began in Falluja. On April 28 2003 US soldiers opened fire on parents and children demonstrating against the continued military occupation of their primary school - killing 18 of them in cold blood and injuring about 60 others. Until the killing of those demonstrators, not a single bullet had been fired at US soldiers in Falluja or any of the cities north of Baghdad. But, remorselessly, little-known Falluja became a world-renowned centre of defiance, where a poor and poorly armed people has courageously faced the military wing of the new empire...