On October 10, 2002, JOHN McCAIN SAID
The President has spoken clearly of the threat Saddam Hussein’s regime poses to America and the world today — even though Iraq today clearly does not meet the Byrd amendment’s standard of threatening imminent, sudden, and direct attack upon the United States of our Armed Forces. To wait for Saddam Hussein to threaten imminent attack against America would be to acquiesce to his development of nuclear weapons, to ignore his record of aggression against his neighbors, and to disregard his continuing threats to destroy Israel.
Failure now to make the choice to remove Saddam Hussein from power will leave us with choices later, when Saddam’s inevitable acquisition of nuclear weapons will make it much more dangerous to defend our friends and interests in the region. It will permit Saddam to control much of the region, and to wield its resources in ways that can only weaken America’s position. It will put Israel’s very survival at risk, with moral consequences no American can welcome.
Failure to end the danger posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq makes it more likely that the interaction we believe to have occurred between members of al-Qaida and Saddam’s regime may increasingly take the form of active cooperation to target the United States.
IN MY HUMBLE OPINION McCAIN WAS NAIVE ABOUT FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND VERY MUCH IN FAVOR OF GETTING THE USA INTO A DUMB WAR.