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Inhofe and His War

(Sign the petition urging state Senator Andrew Rice to run against U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe)

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe’s voting record and public statements about the Iraq war, now in its fifth year, show him to be completely wrong to the point of absurdity about the most significant world event in a generation.

Inhofe is the quintessential Bushbot, an angry warmonger, following the president’s lead no matter what that means. Many Senators and Representatives, who initially voted in favor of the war, have tempered their support in recent months as the war drags on and the killing continues. But not Inhofe. His lack of insight and inability to face up to the truth show him to be incompetent and stubborn.

Can Oklahomans allow someone to be so wrong about something so important and still remain in public office?

Here are some of Inhofe’s votes:

He voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan . He voted NO on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. He voted no on investigating contract awards in Iraq and Afghanistan. He voted no on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007.

The truth of the matter is that Oklahomans know we cannot expect Inhofe to express any remorse for his wrong-headed support of the war. We cannot even expect him to honestly and openly debate the issue.

What we can expect is that Inhofe will embarrass the state. When the Abu Ghraib scandal broke in 2004, for example, and people first realized American soldiers were torturing prisoners, Inhofe dismissed it. “I’m probably not the only one up . . . that is more outraged by the outrage than we are by the treatment,” said Inhofe, according to CNN. The news station quoted fellow Republican U.S. Sens. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) disavowing his remarks.

In light of the abuse at Abu Ghraib, reports of abuse at the American prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and other known atrocities of the gruesome war, Inhofe’s comments now seem even more wrong-headed, outrageous.

This is one reason why I draft Andrew Rice to run for U.S. Senate. Andrew opposed the war from its beginning. Even as the president and his advisors continued to exploit the September 11, 2001 terrorists’ attacks as a reason for the Iraq invasion, Andrew remained against the war.

The 2001 attacks are an important and emotional issue for Andrew and his entire family. His brother, David, was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. In his grief, Andrew had the calm and insight to know America should go after terrorists following the attacks, not start a war that has diverted our attention, squandered our financial resources, and divided the country.

Please take a few seconds a sign the petition urging Andrew to run.

–Kurt Hochenauer