President Should Not 'Go It Alone'
IfNot Now, When?
tions that impedes the com-
he time has come for
is forced to vote at this time
ver the next few weeks,
the removal of Iraqi
on a resolution that would
both the House and
ability to act in the absence of
give the president the broad
the Senate will decide
imprimatur from a United
Hussein's regime. He
authority to take unilateral
on a resolution regard-
Nations Security Council that
has surpassed Nazi Germany's
American military action
ing U.S. policy toward Iraq. If
includes Syria, a terrorist state.
Adolf Hitler with respect to the
against Iraq, in other words,
done wisely, we can unite not
The Constitution gives to
to "go it alone" without
only the Congress, but ultimate-
not to the Security
U.N. backing. A vote now
ly help unite the world commu-
power to declare
nity on a course of action that
illustrates how dangerously
ROSEN BERG war; it gives to the president,
we all seek — the elimination of CARL LEVIN American military action
wrong world opinion often is.
suggests that action by a
Count apoint not to United Nations
Saddam Hussein's ability to
Secretary General Kofi Annan,
The world ignored Italy's 1935
united world community is
threaten the world with .
the role of commander-in-
Ethiopian invasion, Germany's
only an option and not criti-
weapons of mass destruction.
United Nations Treaty does
cal as many of us believe it to be.
Saddam Hussein is without question
Now that the president has called
a tyrant and a threat to the peace and
U.S. Rep. Jim
stability of his neighbors, the United
McDermott, D-Wash., in Iraq, joined
Sudetenland and its 1939 seizure of
a vote by Congress authorizing unilat-
States and the world. He is intent on
on his mission by two other congress- -
the remainder of Czechoslovakia.
eral military action at this time sends
building or acquiring weapons of mass
men, stated that the world should take
World opinion did not care about
a very different message.
destruction and the means of deliver-
Hussein at his word, and that President
the plight of refugees fleeing Hitler on
If a U.N.-sponsored diplomatic
ing them, and he has ignored the
Bush has been misleading Americans.
approach does not achieve uncondi-
mandates of the United Nations.
George Orwell wrote 1984,
tional inspections and a U.N. author-
I believe Congress would give near-
could not anticipate how hard
unanimous support to a resolution
some Westerners would work to avoid
The world collaborated in the 1975
the very least we will have reduced the
that supports President Bush's tall
accepting reality and responsibility.
United Nations anti-Semitic "resolu-
risk to our armed. forces by broader
upon the United Nations "to hold
The president has been making the
tion" (slur) of Zionism's
involvement of the
Iraq to account," and that specifically
case for regime change in Iraq for quite
equaling racism. Almost
forces of other nations,
a while. During his campaign for presi-
preserved the broad
dent, he stated that if Hussein were •
coalition that is so vital
found to be manufacturing weapons of
humanity from a
to our war against ter-
mass destruction, then it would be the
rorism, and protected
job of this country to remove the threat.
More recently, in
the interests of our
Vice President Richard Cheney,
1991, 47 American sena-
country and our allies in
Secretary of State Colin Powell,
tors nearly derailed for-
the Middle East and
National Security Adviser Condoleezza
mer President George
around the world.
Rice, along with President Bush, have
As Congress takes up
articulated a powerful public case, lim-
expel Iraq from Kuwait.
this issue, we should
ited to information that is unclassified.
In the 1930s, many in
approve a resolution that
For - Senator Levin and others, who
the European and
can move us forward in
state that the president has not shown
this manner. Such a reso-
an imminent threat from Iraq and
spheres, such as former
lution would not author-
authorizes the use of American mili-
that we should have the United
ize unilateral American military action
tary power to carry out a U.N. man-
behind the "_barrel of the gun"
against Iraq at this time, but neither
date to disarm Iraq.
votes, I would submit
When President Bush addressed the
that we already have a substantial and
Kennedy, either failed to understand
unilateral action at a later date.
United Nations, he rightfully declared
growing coalition of nations in sup-
Hitler's threat or felt the West could
Our nation should never 'relinquish
that the Iraqi threat is "exactly the kind
port of President Bush's goals.
contain that threat.
our authority to defend ourselves to
of aggressive threat that the United
Additionally, I am disappointed by
the United Nations or anyone else and
Nations was born to confront," and he
elected senator trying to limit the
will always be free to defend itself
reminded the world that Iraqi aggression
was stopped after the invasion of Kuwait against an imminent threat.
"by the might of coalition forces and the
includes China, Russia, and France.
understanding of history, and of the
Powell is focused on winning U.N. .
will of the United Nations."
None of those nations was attacked on
threat posed by Hussein's weapons of
support for multilateral action in the
He pledged that the United States
Sept. 11, 2001; this nation was.
mass destruction and his proved will-
weeks ahead, Congress should do the
would work with the Security Council
With respect to politics, if George
ingness to use them, is frightening.
same and save for later consideration
"for the, necessary resolutions." This
were acting with political motiva-
the option of unilateral action and the
course recognizes that Saddam is a
why do Democratic Senators
very different risks involved in going it
problem for the entire world commu-
John Breaux, Mary Landrieu,
nity, not just the United States. And
Evan Bayh, Max Cleland, John Edwards
world bodies such as the United Nations
Congressional authorization of the
we are far more likely to disarm Iraq
and Joseph Lieberman, and Democratic
and its quisling predecessor, the League
use of U.S. military force as part of
without war if Saddam, when he
representatives Tom Lantos, Minority
of Nations, is appalling. United States
such a U.N.-sponsored coalition can
stares down the barrel of a gun, sees
Leader Richard Gephardt, Howard
senators were elected to make decisions
lead and unite the world. Now that the
the whole world at the other end, not
Berman and many others support him?
president has articulated a goal that can
just the United States.
The time for dithering, deferring (to
produce such a coalition, the Congress
But Congress will not be united if it
should not authorize a strategy that can Eric J. Rosenberg, a Farmington Hills res- the United Nations), dallying, and
debating has reached its close. Let us
Carl Levin, D-Mich.,.is chairman of
only create division in the world com-
ident, is active in the Zionist Organization
remove the Iraqi regime.
the Senate Armed Services Committee.
munity and here at home. ❑
ofAmerica's Metropolitan Detroit Chapter.
Congress will not be
united if forced to
vote for unilateral