September 26, 2002 | Strausberg, Chinta
Opposition to War Mounts
Pressure is mounting against President Bush who continues to turn a deaf ear to pleas from Congress, Democrats and some Republicans to drop his plans for an all out assault against Iraq.
From coast-to-coast and around the world, Bush is being hammered with demands to drop his plans to take out his arch foe, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Elected officials like Reps. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-2nd), Bobby L. Rush (D-1st), Danny K. Davis (D-7th) and Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D-13th) urged Bush to end his “pattern of destruction” for the sake of America and its economy.
“The president has not made his case for going into Iraq,” said Obama.
“What is clear is that we have severe problems here at home.”
Having traveled downstate, Obama said people are talking about health care and how their pensions have melted away through corporate scandals.
“I think the president has an obligation to focus on critical foreign policies. I also think his neglect of the economy does nothing to enhance America’s long-term security.”
Two days ago, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported that the price of oil surged above $30 a barrel once again, hitting a 19-month high as traders fret about the likelihood of war in the Middle East.
And, the mounting tensions over Israel’s bull dozing of most of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s headquarters, coupled with Bush’s strong hawk position on Iraq, the U.S. economy, Obama said, is caught between the crossfires with little relief in sight and a fear of body-bags returning home from another war.
Arafat has said: “I will not surrender,” and Secretary of State Colin Powell said: “We’ll have to see how he responds to the pressure he is under from the international community.
“Pressure has to be maintained on Iraq until the UN is satisfied that he has gotten rid of these weapons and allowed inspectors in to make sure of that,” said Powell.
“That’s the only way to do it, and then we will see whether or not that is adequate or whether more action is required.
“The U.S. continues to believe that the best way to disarm Iraq is through a regime change.”
Obama said Bush’s push for a war is “a cover-up for a failing economy.”
“We are watching the markets closely but we are not worried yet,” OPEC Secretary General Alvaro Silva Calderon said.