When she starts spouting off it really makes me proud to be a Californian. Hugh Hewitt spent most of his show the day before yesterday ripping on Boxer as the dumbest Senator ever and when you actually start looking at the facts behind the drivel she blabbers on about it's pretty easy to see why. In fact when she was criticizing Condi Rice that we went to Iraq for "WMD, period" she was just flat out lying (via Little Green Footballs):
Whereas after the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, Iraq entered into a United Nations sponsored cease-fire agreement pursuant to which Iraq unequivocally agreed, among other things, to eliminate its nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons programs and the means to deliver and develop them, and to end its support for international terrorism;
Whereas Iraq persists in violating resolution of the United Nations Security Council by continuing to engage in brutal repression of its civilian population thereby threatening international peace and security in the region, by refusing to release, repatriate, or account for non-Iraqi citizens wrongfully detained by Iraq, including an American serviceman, and by failing to return property wrongfully seized by Iraq from Kuwait;
Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its continuing hostility toward, and willingness to attack, the United States, including by attempting in 1993 to assassinate former President Bush and by firing on many thousands of occasions on United States and Coalition Armed Forces engaged in enforcing the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council;
Whereas members of al Qaida, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq;
Whereas Iraq continues to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations, including organizations that threaten the lives and safety of United States citizens;
Whereas Congress has taken steps to pursue vigorously the war on terrorism through the provision of authorities and funding requested by the President to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such persons or organizations;
Whereas the President and Congress are determined to continue to take all appropriate actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such persons or organizations;
Whereas the President has authority under the Constitution to take action in order to deter and prevent acts of international terrorism against the United States, as Congress recognized in the joint resolution on Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40); and
Whereas it is in the national security interests of the United States to restore international peace and security to the Persian Gulf region: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This joint resolution may be cited as the `Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002
The type of shameless political grandstanding is pathetic and as a constituent of hers, infuriating, and perhaps she might want to actually read some of the bills that she signs, but that's just a thought.
I've obviously never voted for her, and hopefully when she comes up for reelection Republicans can put someone up against her who might have a fighting chance of beating her.
Beyond that who is she to criticize Condi? Take a look at the credentials of each of them (sorry can't find any links, websense sucks). How many PhDs does Condi have? And if memory serves (I could be wrong because I can't check) Babs only has a Bachelors degree. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I think that Condi might possibly have the expertise edge there regardless of however many years Babs has been a Senator.