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Where's the Outrage?

After much thought, and having the opportunity to listen to much of the Congressional debate during some long car trips, I ended up coming to the conclusion that I supported the resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq. I felt -- and continue to feel -- that Saddam Hussein is the kind of person who will only respond to force or to believable threats of force. Therefore, if we were to disarm him, the only way to do so was to make it clear that we would go to war over it -- and we would absolutely have to be willing to do so if he continued to flaunt the world's wishes. It was a harder decision than I would have anticipated, but I'm glad I took the time to think through my position.

Now the North Koreans have come along and made a mess of everything. From an article in the Wall Street Journal:

President Bush was notably silent on the subject of North Korea -- even as he denounced Iraq -- and the White House is painfully aware of the complications. U.S. officials said that the administration has known since early July that North Korea had acquired key equipment for enriching uranium, but the White House was hesitant to go public with the evidence as it was gearing up for a confrontation with Baghdad.

"There was a lot of thought about how to deal with the new information. No one wanted to distract from Iraq," said one U.S. official, adding, "the timing of this thing is terrible."

If I were a member of Congress, I would be furious with the Bush administration right now. At the time that the administration was making the final push for the authorization of force to prevent an "axis of evil" nation from acquiring weapons of mass destruction, they knew from the North Koreans' own admission that another member of the axis either already had nuclear weapons or was close to having them. What's more, the North Koreans have a delivery system capable of delivering such weapons throughout Japan. The next generation of this delivery system will be able to reach Alaska.

If this isn't material information in the war on terror, I don't know what is. Yet the administration chose to keep it from Congress while they were debating whether to authorize war against a rogue nation. I find that unacceptable, and I'm deeply surprised to see no discussion of this fact to date. Where's the outrage?

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