Obama from 2002: “I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.”

An excerpt from Barack Obama’s October 2002 speech in Chicago at an anti Iraq war rally:

“I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda. I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.”

It’s a very interesting read. Rather than just criticizing, Barack Obama does offer his thoughts on how we can fight the war against terrorism:

“You want a fight, President Bush? Let’s finish the fight with Bin Laden and al-Qaeda, through effective, coordinated intelligence, and a shutting down of the financial networks that support terrorism, and a homeland security program that involves more than color-coded warnings.”

You can read the full speech from Wikisource.

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