The truth is that I oppose the Iraq war, just as I opposed the Vietnam War, because these two conflicts have weakened the U.S. and diminished our standing in the world and our national security.
The Establishment center ... has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history. That war is a moral and political disaster -- a terrible cancer eating away at the soul of our nation.
But it is hazardous and, I believe, counterproductive to become frozen in time by an obsession with past wrongs and errors.
I make one pledge above all others - to seek and speak the truth with all the resources of mind and spirit I command.
I've come to realize that protecting freedom of choice in our everyday lives is essential to maintaining a healthy civil society.
Well, we ought to be stirred, even to tears, by society's ills.
I wish I had known more firsthand about the concerns and problems of American businesspeople while I was a U.S. senator and later a presidential nominee. That knowledge would have made me a better legislator and a more worthy aspirant to the White House.
I did frequently refer to my war record in World War II, but not in any flamboyant way.
I would not plan to base my campaign primarily on opposition to the war in the Persian Gulf.
When I was in the war, I was lucky that I was in a plane and never saw the carnage close-up.
I think it was my study of history that convinced me that the Democratic Party was more on the side of the average American.
I always thought of myself as a moderate liberal, a fighter for peace and justice. I never thought of myself as being all that far out.
I was the guy who was constantly speaking out against the Vietnam War. I have no regrets about that.
I think the country's getting disgusted with Washington partly because of the decline of civility in government.
I thought the Vietnam war was an utter, unmitigated disaster, so it was very hard for me to say anything good about it.
It is not patriotic to commit young Americans to war unless our national security clearly requires it.
From secrecy and deception in high places, come home, America. From military spending so wasteful that it weakens our nation, come home, America.
I hope someday we will be able to proclaim that we have banished hunger in the United States, and that we've been able to bring nutrition and health to the whole world.
I seek to call America home to those principles that gave us birth.
Politics is an act of faith you have to show some kind of confidence in the intellectual and moral capacity of the public.
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