over Lee's anti-war stand
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Great Wound, The Nation editors.
in America, The Nation by Robert Fiske.
on Orientalism and Cultural Differences
A few lawmakers urged
Bush to use restraint. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., opposed the force
resolution, asking her colleagues to "think through the implications
of our action today so that it does not spiral out of control."
The House overwhelmingly passed the use-of-force
resolution late Friday night by a 420-1 margin. Rep. Barbara Lee,
D-California, registered the lone dissenting vote, saying she believed
it gave too much of Congress' power to the president and because she
was reluctant to approve force that could worsen the situation.
"I am convinced that military action will not prevent further
acts of international terrorism against the United States," she
said in a statement. "Finally, we must be careful not to embark
on an open-ended war with neither an exit strategy nor a focused target."
Storm over Lee's anti-war stand SF Chronicle, 9/16/01
Rep. Barbara Lee is the sole member of Congress to vote against
authority for President Bush to wage war on terrorism.
Lee, a two-term Democrat was on the lopsided end of a 420-1
vote on Friday night.
"I don't think we should take any action that should cause
any more loss of life," said Lee, 55, a protege of former
East Bay Rep. Ron Dellums who has proposed a Cabinet-level peace
department. "Violence begets violence, and we don't want
that to happen. That kills people."
Lee said that instead of striking out militarily,
the United States should capture and try those who conspired
in the attacks, step up security across the country and improve
intelligence operations. But that's not how much of the country
"Perhaps if the planes hit the Oakland Coliseum
during a Raiders game, her 'moral compass' might
guide her differently," Heath Shelburn of Fort Dix,
N.J., wrote in an e-mail to The Chronicle. "She is a
Lee, a former state assemblywoman and senator,
has stood alone before against military action. In 1999, she
was the sole House vote against President Bill Clinton's plan
to use force against Serbia. In 1998, she was one of five House
members to vote against bombing raids on Iraq.
During her time in Congress she has also championed
more funds for HIV/AIDS treatment in Africa, worked
against more military aid to Colombia and protested
against the Boy Scouts' policy of excluding gays.
Lee said the strong reactions by those who oppose
her stand don't surprise her. "People are still in
mourning," she said. "We're angry. We're dealing
with a tragedy of enormous proportions. But we
should deal with terror in a way that nips it in the
bud and does not spread it."
Lee said the fact that thousands of Americans were
killed or wounded in Tuesday's attacks is even more
reason for taking a breather before responding. "We
should step back and make no mistakes in our
response," she said.
Lee began her political life in the early 1970s as a
student intern for Dellums, a noted anti-war figure
who represented California's overwhelmingly
Democratic Ninth District.
After 11 years with Dellums, during which she was a
senior adviser and chief of staff, Lee was elected
to three consecutive terms in the state Assembly and
one term in the state Senate.
Lee came to Congress promising to trim defense
spending, and she has repeatedly opposed the use of
In Oakland, State Assemblywoman Wilma Chan,
D-Oakland, said it's too soon to say how Lee's votewill play
back home. "It's hard to say, but knowing
her, she felt it was the right thing to do," Chan
said. "She's been very consistent on these types of
issues. She always votes her conscience."
Wilson Riles Jr., a former Oakland city councilman,
called Lee's vote fantastic.
"I thought Barbara Lee was amazingly courageous and
absolutely correct," said Riles, son of former state
schools chief Wilson Riles Sr. "The fact is that
this attack on terrorism will have no success in
terms of ending terrorism in the world and will not
bring back any of the precious Americans who were
lost in this recent attack."
Storm over Lee's anti-war stand
in the SF Chronicle,