Daschle Offers Stinging Criticism But No Answers

CNN.com – Bush previews speech for congressional leaders – Mar. 17, 2003
There is no diplomatic solution when France is actively opposed to every alternative that actually requires Iraq to disarm. Even Colin Powell, after being stabbed in the back by the French a couple of months ago, is on board with this move. If anyone is to blame it is France. If Daschle actually can point to an alternative that gets the desired result he should show it. Otherwise, keep quiet.

But Daschle, who voted for the October resolution, lashed out at President Bush on Monday, saying he had “failed so miserably” at diplomacy in the crisis with Iraq that the United States now stands on the brink of war.

“I’m saddened,” Daschle, a South Dakota Democrat, said in a speech to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

“Saddened that this president failed so miserably at diplomacy that we’re now forced to war. Saddened that we have to give up one life because this president couldn’t create the kind of diplomatic effort that was so critical for our country. But we will work, and we will do all we can to get through this crisis like we’ve gotten through so many.”

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