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Jim Slattery on War & Peace

Democratic Senate Challenger


Roberts delayed prewar intelligence to justify war in Iraq

Slattery accused Roberts of using his position on the Senate Intelligence Committee to protect the Bush administration from political embarrassment. Slattery says Roberts intentionally delayed a review of how the president and his allies used prewar intelligence to justify the war in Iraq. "Many Kansans," he said, "do not even know that Senator Roberts was chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the lead-up to the war in Iraq and that he blocked investigations to determine who was responsible.

Roberts said Slattery's charges are inaccurate: "Since it's not accurate and he knows it, it's not responsible."

Experts in national defense and foreign policy think Slattery makes a valid point, although they question a second charge that Roberts failed to inform the American people prior to the war in 2003 that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had no role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Source: 2008 Kansas Senate Debate reported in the Kansas City Star Oct 22, 2008

Roberts should have known Iraq intelligence was inaccurate

As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Slattery believes Roberts should have known the intelligence used to invade Iraq was wrong. Roberts countered that the whole world believed the intelligence was accurate, and that once that was deemed not to be the case, his committee let the truth be known.
Source: 2008 Kansas Senate debate reported on KSN News Sep 6, 2008

Iraq War is based on assumptions that defy common sense

Our nation is engaged in a tragic war that has taken the lives of more than 4,000 of our best young men and women. The US entered the War in Iraq based on inaccurate intelligence data and assumptions that defy Kansas common sense. As the war continues to cost more than $10 billion a month, the Kansas share of the total cost will surely be more than $4,000 for every man, woman and child in our state.
Source: Campaign website, SlatteryforSenate.com, "Issues" Jul 13, 2008

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