In an address to the Senate on February 12, chastising his colleagues for being "ominously, dreadfully silent," Senator Robert Byrd (D–W.Va.) stepped up and offered some ominous and dreadful words himself: "This coming battle...represents a turning point in U.S. foreign policy and possibly a turning point in the recent history of the world." It was the Bush administration’s policy of preemption that he was attacking—"the idea that the United States or any other nation...
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