Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Flashback: Chabot is 100% with Bush

Thanks to the user that posted this, it really caught me off-guard. This is a 2003 WaPo article that shows Chabot's loyalty with his crazy President, and NOT any "independent mindedness".

Chabot backs Bush, touts action in Iraq

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By Shelly Whitehead
Post staff reporter

Sounding a bit like a commander rallying the troops for battle, U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot told Northern Kentucky business and community leaders Friday that he is "100 percent with the president" in the plan to disarm Iraq.
About 100 people attending the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce monthly government forum luncheon in Covington heard Chabot, R-Westwood, of Cincinnati, detail the threat he feels Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein poses and why war with Iraq may be the only way to stop that threat.

"My greatest fear if we do nothing is Saddam Hussein, when he gets nuclear weapons, he'll provide (them) to terrorist organizations -- and we can literally lose cities," said the five-term congressman.

Though he is hopeful the U.S. can avoid war with North Korea, Chabot said he could not say the same for Iraq. He said short of the increasingly unlikely possibility that Hussein will seek foreign exile, military action appeared likely.

When pressed for why United Nations weapons inspectors have not presented more proof Iraq is producing weapons of mass destruction, Chabot said he believes President Bush will come forward with such information before any U.S. military attack on Iraq begins.

"Since Saddam is doing most of the stuff underground, it's not stuff we can see from satellites," Chabot said in explaining why there has been no visual proof of Iraqi arms production.

"And we have to make sure we don't jeopardize the people we have on the ground. -- Saddam is very brutal. -- My belief is that the American public will be satisfied when we give more information before (taking) any military action."

Chabot, who co-chairs the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, just returned from a trip to Taiwan and Japap. He said the nine- member congressional delegation worked to build support in Taiwan and Japan for the fight against terrorism and controlling the growing threat posed by North Korea.

He said though it now appears North Korea was "cheating all along" and may well have several nuclear weapons, he is still hopeful the conflict can be resolved diplomatically. He acknowledged the threat North Korea presents, however, with weapons currently capable of striking Alaska, Seoul, and thousands of U.S. troops in South Korea.

Though recent national polls indicate Americans are most concerned about the economy right now, the issue fell further down on Chabot's agenda.

Sounding less enthused about the president's economic plan than his Iraqi war plan, Chabot nonetheless called Bush's economic stimulus package "a good one," designed to work by cutting taxes. But Chabot said he would like to see some additions, like further cuts in both the capital gains and government spending.

He stressed that even though Republicans are the majority on Capitol Hill, that doesn't guarantee legislation furthering the GOP's agenda can get the necessary votes. "A lot of people think Republicans can do anything they want because they have control. -- But it's really not like that."

Publication Date: 01-27-2003

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