Olson: Congress Should Have Confronted Bush on 'Cycle of Lies'
For Immediate Release
Contact: Christopher Truscott
ANOKA—Bob Olson, a DFL candidate in the 6th Congressional District, released the following statement in response to a report that the Bush administration made at least 935 inaccurate statements about Iraq in the two years following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
"Because too many politicians were unwilling to stand up to this administration and its endless cycle of lies, we've lost 3,931 troops and hundreds of billions of dollars in a war we never should have started.
"I am the only candidate of either party in the 6th District race who opposed this war from the very beginning. To go after Saddam Hussein and Iraq after 9/11 made as much sense to me as attacking India after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This war has been a wasteful distraction in the real war on terrorism.
"As your congressman, I will never cave in the face of unnecessary warmongering by any president, regardless of his or her party. If political courage costs me an election, that's fine. At least I'll be able to sleep at night."