Daily Breeze

October 3, 2002

South Bay lawmakers split on Iraq resolution 


WASHINGTON — South Bay lawmakers gave a mixed reception Wednesday to the proposed House resolution on Iraq.

Reps. Jane Harman, D-Redondo Beach, and Steve Horn, R-Long Beach, embraced the resolution hammered out between House leaders and President Bush. But Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, denounced it as “nonfactual.” Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-Carson, could not be reached for comment.

Harman called the resolution “a solid compromise.”

“This . . . addresses many of my constituents’ concerns, while also
allowing us to address the clear and present threat posed by Saddam Hussein. I will support it,” she said.

Harman singled out provisions that call on Bush to work through
diplomatic channels to see that Iraq complies with United Nations
resolutions and stops developing weapons of mass destruction; require the president to comply with the War Powers Act and report to Congress on any military conflict with Iraq; and urge Bush not to divert resources from the war on terrorism, which Harman called “a critical piece for me.” Horn said, “I think, just as the president did before the United Nations, that he’s laid out the case” for a possible strike against Iraq.

While Harman stood behind Bush at the White House as he announced the agreement, Waters delivered a verbal roundhouse against the resolution on Capitol Hill.

“The resolution does not have the kind of credibility that I think a
presidential resolution should have. There are too many questions left unanswered. There are too many holes. There are too many unproven allegations. And it certainly does not convince me that I should be supporting him,” Waters said.

She also pointed to polls that suggest public support for a war against Iraq hinges on whether the United States can win the backing of other nations.

“The public is saying, I believe, that if there is a threat, we must
have the support of our allies. They, too, must believe that there is a threat and we must convince others in the world that this is the right thing to do,” Waters said.

Harman said she believes “the administration is working its tail off to seek multinational support. I think there is a major effort to find
common ground.”

Horn agreed.

“I think the president will have a number of allies that aren’t revealed now,” he said.

Asked whether war could be avoided, Horn said: “I don’t know how you do.

This guy (Hussein) is a monster.”