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Obama in 2002: War Shouldn’t Distract from Fixing Economic Problems

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Matt Cover
CNS News
March 31, 2011

President Barack Obama – as an Illinois state senator – said that economic and domestic problems should take precedence over attacking Saddam Hussein, despite his record of humanitarian abuses.

Obama, speaking at a Chicago anti-war rally on Oct. 2, 2002, said that he opposed “dumb wars” that only distracted the country from its economic and domestic problems.

“What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income – to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression” Obama said.

“That’s what I’m opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics.”

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