This guy makes John Lennon look like a hawk.
As a young Navy officer in World War II, I was one of the first Americans to see Hiroshima after the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. That experience lives with me today, and it helped to shape the view I held during my public service career: a view that war is wrong in nearly every circumstance.
As Oregon’s governor, I was the only governor in the nation who refused to sign a statement supporting President Johnson’s Vietnam War policy.
As a senator, I joined with Sen. George McGovern in an unsuccessful effort to end that war. I was the only senator who voted against both the Democrat and Republican resolutions authorizing the use of force in the 1991 Gulf War.
In my final years in the Senate, I opposed President Clinton’s decision to send American troops to Bosnia.
During my 30 years in the Senate, I never once voted in favor of a military appropriations bill.
I know that this record will cause many to wonder why I am such a strong supporter of President Bush and his policy in Iraq. My support is based on the fact that our world changed on Sept. 11, 2001, a day on which we lost more American lives than we did in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
I know from my service in the Senate that Saddam Hussein was an active supporter of terrorism. He used weapons of mass destruction on innocent people and left no doubt that he would do so again. It was crucial to the cause of world peace that he be removed from power. …
I believe the choice is clear. I will proudly cast my vote for President George W. Bush.
What makes this so incredible, of course, is Hatfield’s track record. They don’t make them any more dovish than Mark Hatfield.
While I have not been so bold as to predict it, for a few years now, I’ve felt this election would not even be close. As the saying goes, “9/11 changed everything.”
While it was quite some time ago and many have forgotten, there were thousands or more probably millions of people who changed forever that day. I used to do a radio show with a dyed-in-the-wool liberal. This guy hated Reagan and had all the liberal talking points at his fingertips. That was until 9/10.
Since the terrorist attacks he views the whole world differently. He now realizes national security is the main objective of government and he also realizes there are people who want him dead — and talking nice to them won’t change their minds. He is now, potentially, as conservative as me. Incredibly, he changed to a strong taxcutting, small government conservative. There are millions just like him.
Clearly, Mark Hatfield changed on 9/11.
The media will not dare speak of it. We hear the occasional mention of “security moms” but the big media will never admit that 9/11 changed millions of people forever and it did not make them move to the left.
If you consider the last election was 50/50 it would actually be remarkable if something the size of 9/11 DID NOT make a major change in the electorate in one direction or the other. It was the most historic day most people alive have ever lived thru.
It’s my firm belief, that 9/11 created millions of Mark Hatfields in the world.