Wednesday, May 28, 2003
"The rhetoric and posturing by this Administration serves only to validate impressions in the region that the United States is empire building.
"It is disturbing that as the nation is just beginning to learn that it was misled in the build-up to war in Iraq, that this Administration is seeking to continue its dangerous policy in the region with an aggressive posture towards Iran.
"The Middle East region is at a critical juncture. Now more than ever, it is critical that the United States work with our friends and allies in the region to root out terrorists cells and implement a peaceful solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Now is not the time for a continuation of this Administration's misguided policy of preemptive and unilateral war."