Notable Quotable

Wednesday, October 06, 2004
Who said it?

"Almost no one disagrees with these basic facts: that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a menace; that he has weapons of mass destruction and that he is doing everything in his power to get nuclear weapons; that he has supported terrorists; that he is a grave threat to the region, to vital allies like Israel, and to the United States; and that he is thwarting the will of the international community and undermining the United Nations' credibility."

No, it wasn't Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld or Paul Wolfowitz who said it. Believe it or not, those are the words of John Edwards, speaking from the floor of the Senate on Oct. 10, 2002, the day he voted to authorize the war in Iraq.

Sorry, Edwards, but despite your flailing attempts to rationalize your own flip-flops, there is simply no way to reconcile unequivocal assertions such as this one about the threat from Saddam, with your current rhetoric about a "grand distraction" or "colossal error".

You are a flip-flopper, plain and simple.