March 17, 2004: House Iraq Resolution Turns Into Debate (AP)

  • The American people have not sent us here just to be an amen chorus for this administration. There are serious problems and we should be debating serious solutions,” said Rep. Tom Lantos of California, top Democrat on the House International Relations Committee.
  • But Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif., countered that U.S. action had “brought freedom for tens of millions, toppled one of the most despicable regimes in the history of the world and strengthened the national security for the American people.” He said Republicans simply wanted to congratulate the troops and “I don’t understand why there is any controversy.”