Politics - World - s.f. bayarea forums - craigslist: " Evan Bayh, a Democrat from Indiana and a leader of moderates in the Senate, responded to questions last week on the war in Iraq and a memo detailing links between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden sent to the committee in late October by Undersecretary of Defense Douglas J. Feith and later excerpted in these pages.
'Even if there's only a 10 percent chance that Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden would cooperate, the question is whether that's an acceptable level of risk,' Bayh told me. 'My answer to that would be an unequivocal 'no.' We need to be much more pro-active on eliminating threats before they're imminent.'
Asked about the growing evidence of a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda, Bayh said: 'The relationship seemed to have its roots in mutual exploitation. Saddam Hussein used terrorism for his own ends, and Osama bin Laden used a nation-state for the things that only a nation-state can provide. Some of the intelligence is strong, and some of it is murky. But that's the nature of intelligence on a relationship like this--lots of it is going to be speculation and conjecture. Following 9/11, we await certainty at our peril.' "
So will the anti-war crowd in all honesty say they would be just as upset if Gore were running the show and had invaded Iraq without a clear UN mandate?
NB: Bayh's dad was no dummy, either.