Video: Karl Rove says Congress pushed the Iraq war resolution too soon

posted at 9:45 am on November 29, 2007 by Bryan

Former Bush administration adviser Karl Rove appeared on the Charlie Rose show just before Thanksgiving for a wide-ranging interview. When the subject turned to the Iraq war, Rove offered a surprising take: That Congress took up its war resolution too soon, sooner than the Bush administration wanted, and that Congress’ timing made the resolution and thereby the war political.

This sequence begins with Rove answering whether the Bush administration has made any mistakes in the war, then flows into the section on the war resolution.

I think it’s fair to say that this is a novel argument. I’ve certainly never heard anyone blame the alleged “rush to war” (a rush that took about a year from start to finish) on Congress.

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this bafoon should have quit sooner.

madmonkphotog on November 29, 2007 at 9:48 AM

Ummm.. with all respect to Herr Rove, the Congressional vote was on giving Bush the AUTHORITY to go after Saddam. Right? It did not mandate any kind of timing or commit Bush to rushing anything.It just said the PResident has the authority to enforce UN resolutions blablabla.

so in this case I think Rove is full of it and trying to dishonestly blame Congress for a rush to war.

What a revisionist piece of crapola. And I supported the war at the time. I thought Bush took TOO LONG to crank the machinery up giving Saddam almost a year to hide his WMD materiel and programs before we ever got there in force.

Rove, you maginificant SPINNER!!

Always Right on November 29, 2007 at 9:52 AM

Ummm.. with all respect to Herr Rove, the Congressional vote was on giving Bush the AUTHORITY to go after Saddam. Right? It did not mandate any kind of timing or commit Bush to rushing anything.It just said the PResident has the authority to enforce UN resolutions blablabla.

it made it political, in effect a mandate….which is what I think is Rove’s point. especially in the political climate of the time.

and for the paultards, if ever challenged in court, the “Iraw War Resolution” satisfies the constitutions ‘declare war clause’, just becuase it doesnt’ use the magic word ‘declaration’ at the top, doesn’t mean its not doing the same thing……….and if that doesn’t satisfy your psuedo-constitutionalism, then your hero voted for an ‘unconstitutional’ war, when he voted for the 2001 AUMF the Afghan war is fought under. funny how he doesn’t mention that huh?

jp on November 29, 2007 at 10:01 AM

How times have changed…..I stayed up to watch the French FM on Charlie Rose and skipped Mr Rove. I wasn’t interested in what he had to say.

We have a new third-rail of American politics….illegal immigration and Rove touched it.

Limerick on November 29, 2007 at 10:07 AM

I think the comment count on this thread proves my point.

Limerick on November 29, 2007 at 11:50 AM

That is pretty interesting.

nailinmyeye on November 29, 2007 at 1:07 PM

“A year?”
Please— Iraqis were firing at American aircraft throughout the nineties. When Saddam kicked out UN inspectors in 1998, BC was too busy with ML and his cigar to give a hoot. Bush II redrew the line in the sand and demanded results cause Americans are the only interested in enforcing UN resolutions.

mdetlh on November 29, 2007 at 2:14 PM

This is the dumbest thing Karl Rove has ever said.

SoulGlo on November 29, 2007 at 4:44 PM

Blame Congress for making you do what you wanted to do?

Retire, and retire the B.S., too, Carl.

It’s emabarassingly Clintonesque.

profitsbeard on November 29, 2007 at 6:15 PM