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After last week's show, Friday Freefly- Bribes for antiwar votes & Iraq news, when I called out a Rep. Defazio for signing on to the Bring the troops home bill based on the pork he was getting in return for his vote, I got an email from his spokeswoman, who I had quoted. She sends along the Congresman's clarification stating that all pork aside, he was anti-war, when anti-war wasn't cool. Actually that is a more principled, if ultimately wrong position.

I saw your post on the Blackfive blog on March 23, and I wanted to send you a short statement from my boss clarifying his position on the Emergency Supplemental vote, which I hope you will post....
Danielle Langone
Press Secretary
Office of Congressman Peter DeFazio
2134 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC  20515

By Peter DeFazio

Member of Congress, 4th District of Oregon


I was an early, outspoken and consistent opponent of the war in Iraq. I doubted claims of WMD and ties to al-Qaeda. As the deception regarding the aluminum tubes and uranium for Niger began to unravel the WMD allegations, Rep. Ron Paul and I introduced a bill in February 2003 to repeal the use of force resolution passed by Congress. I first proposed a plan to negotiate a timeline to end the war to the president in February 2005.

However, unlike some other Out of Iraq Caucus members, I made the difficult choice to vote for the three previous supplementals to provide essential equipment (not preprovided by the Bush team) and support for the troops. It was a much easier call for me to vote for this emergency supplemental since it both provided essential equipment to the troops and an enforceable deadline to end the war. To say the least, it's more than a bit of a stretch to take a staff member's comments out of context and imply that my vote hinged upon a domestic spending addition to the bill.


It was the right vote, a vote to set an end to a war launched with massive deception that should never have been fought. Any suggestion that I had another motive for supporting the bill is flat out wrong.