On the Senate floor today, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) denounced the White House’s saber-rattling on Iran, calling the Bush administration’s warnings of a nuclear threat “rhetorical ghosts and goblins to scare the American people”:
Today is a fitting day to discuss the issue of Iran. Today is All-Hallow’s Eve — Halloween — a day when people don masks and costumes to frighten others. The White House has been busy unleashing its rhetorical ghosts and goblins to scare the American people, with claims of an imminent nuclear threat in Iran, as they did with Iraq.
Earlier this month, Byrd also warned his colleagues against “sleep-walking” into another war, saying, “I hope that we can stop this war of words before it becomes a war of bombs.”
UPDATE: Steve Clemons received a previously undisclosed letter Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) personally sent to President Bush, warning against the “dangerous and increasingly isolated position” the United States could find itself in should it continue to push for war with Iran.