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Voters Unhappy With Votes for Resolution?
Senate Democrats who voted for the resolution authorizing military action against Iraq back in October are finding that vote does not play well with the majority of Democratic voters. So some of those senators are now backtracking. Tom Daschle now says he's against the conflict he voted to authorize. And John Kerry, who's running for president, won't go that far, but he's making it clear he doesn't think much of the "coalition of the willing" the president has assembled. In Iowa over the weekend, Kerry called it "some trumped-up, so-called coalition of the bribed, the coerced the bought and the extorted."
A speech instructor at a two-year college in California has been placed on administrative leave after she was caught giving students extra credit for writing letters of protest to President Bush opposing military action against Iraq. Rosalyn Kahn, a part-time member of the faculty at Citrus College in Glendora told students they would receive extra credit only if they wrote to protest war with Iraq, not if they wrote in favor of it. The Los Angeles Times reports that Kahn also was promising extra credit to students for writing to their state representatives to protest state budget cuts, in particular as they affected adjunct faculty members. She is an adjunct faculty member.
Didn't Mean To Say What He Said
Democratic Congressman James Moran of Virginia is trying today to explain what he meant when he said last week that American Jews were responsible for pressing the administration into war. At an anti-war forum in the Virginia suburbs Moran said, "If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq we would not be doing this." He added, "The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going and I think they should." Moran has now apologized saying he didn't mean to imply that the Jewish community is responsible for or should be blamed for this war.
First Powell, Now Bush?
France, which infuriated the U.S. government by luring Secretary of State Colin Powell to a U.N. meeting in New York last month, only to use it as an occasion to publicly embarrass him by sharply attacking U.S. policy on Iraq, now says it wants President Bush present for this week's vote. A top aide to Chirac told Reuters, "Given the importance of the decision, it seems legitimate that it is taken by heads of state and government." That was Saturday. But today, after saying France would veto the U.S.-British resolution, Chirac said it was unclear whether heads of state would attend, including him.