Sarah Palin, October 2, 2008:
Americans are craving that straight talk and just want to know, hey, if you voted for it, tell us why you voted for it and it was a war resolution. [emphasis added –jr]
Funny, that’s not what some people were claiming at the time.
George W. Bush, September 19, 2002:
If you want to keep the peace, you’ve got to have the authorization to use force. But it’s — this will be — this is a chance for Congress to indicate support. It’s a chance for Congress to say, we support the administration’s ability to keep the peace. That’s what this is all about.
George W. Bush, October 7, 2002:
Approving this resolution does not mean that military action is imminent or unavoidable. The resolution will tell the United Nations, and all nations, that America speaks with one voice.
(I happen to agree that it was a war resolution — albeit one in which Congress completely abdicated its responsibility to actually make the decision on war — because it was clear at the time that the Bush Administration was lying about wanting to avoid war. But Palin’s giving the game away a bit by saying so. Or would be, if anyone cared about the truth of what happened six years ago.)