Thursday, August 29, 2002

Lucas advises, 'think twice' before going after Saddam

By Patrick Crowley,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas, a Boone County Democrat, returned Tuesday from a trip to Afghanistan and said leaders in that part of the world are concerned about possible U.S. military action against Iraq.

        “They are all concerned about Saddam Hussein. They think he is a bad guy and they want him out of power,” Mr. Lucas said of his meetings with leaders from Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.

        “The difference comes in how we do that. They are very concerned if we're too aggressive and make too much of a strike on offense that we may turn some of the Arab countries that are with us now against us.”

        Mr. Lucas called Mr. Hussein a “menace to society” Wednesday but said “we need to think twice before we go in there with an offensive strike.”


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