"What is happening to this country? When did we become a nation which ignores and berates our friends? When did we decide to risk undermining international order by adopting a radical and doctrinaire approach to using our awesome military might? How can we abandon diplomatic efforts when the turmoil in the world cries out for diplomacy?
"Why can this President not seem to see that America's true power lies not in its will to intimidate, but in its ability to inspire?
"I along with millions of Americans will pray for the safety of our troops, for the innocent civilians in Iraq, and for the security of our homeland. May God continue to bless the United States of America in the troubled days ahead, and may we somehow recapture the vision which for the present eludes us." -- Senator Robert Byrd on March 19, 2003 when Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq after receiving congressional approval. Byrd is the longest-serving member of the Senate in history. He is also currently the longest-serving and oldest member of the United States Congress. He has been a Senator longer than Barack Obama has been alive. (He also has an unfortunate history of racism for which he has now apologized.)