State of Virginia Archives: on War & Peace

Bob McDonnell: 230 Virginians gave lives for War on Terror, including Iraq

Since September 11th, 2001, nearly 14,000 members of the Virginia National Guard have left their families and jobs to defend our freedom. Over 230 Virginians have given their lives in the Global War on Terror. On December 18th, the last convoy of American soldiers left Iraq for Kuwait, ending our nearly 9 years in that nation. Gentlemen, thank you for your deep commitment to freedom.
Source: 2012 Virginia State of the State Address Jan 11, 2012

James Webb: It was a mistake to go to Iraq; said so before Senate vote

Q: Would you have voted in October of 2002 to authorize the Iraq war?

WEBB: I clearly would not have. If you read the “Washington Post” piece I wrote in September 2002, I was saying don’t do it.

Q: Mr. Miller, would you have voted to authorize?

MILLER: I didn’t have access to all the intelligence that Senator Allen and other senators had. But looking back, no.

Q: Was it a mistake to go to Iraq?

MILLER: Yes, sir.

WEBB: It was and I said so at the time.

Q: Is there any difference between your position and his?

WEBB: I think I arrived at it far earlier than Harris Miller did. I think this is recent for him.

Q: At the time that we went were you cheering that decision or opposing it instinctively?

MILLER: I wasn’t opposing it instinctively because I believed General Colin Powell when he said that there was a plan to deal with the post-war effort. In fact, that was a lie. We were misled by the president. It became clear within three or four months it was a huge mistake.

Source: Virginia 2006 Democratic Senate Primary debate Jun 9, 2006

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