WASHINGTON - As the debate over whether U.S. lawmakers should give President Obama authorization to launch a military strike against Syria intensified week, Sen. Dick Durbin said he could hear the ghosts of the Iraq War rattling in the halls of Congress.
Back in his home state of Illinois, the Democratic senator - who was among the 10 members of the Senate Foreign Relations committee to vote on Wednesday in favor of giving the president a use-of-force authorization in Syria - said he has heard from some of the president's friends and supporters who don't agree with Obama's call for a punitive military strike against Bashar Assad's regime.
"I've listened to this debate and I can't tell you how many times I've hearkened back to 12 years ago and a debate over the war in Iraq," said Durbin, who voted against going to war in Iraq. "Our decision is being made in the shadow of the war in Iraq. ... The shadow recalls that moment 12 years ago when the government of the United States of America was guilty of a political mortal sin: It misled the American people into a war."