Strong Statement

Dean Says Those Who Misled Nation Should Resign :

Manchester, NH — Governor Howard Dean issued the following statement today:

‘Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld’s statement yesterday — that he only found out that the Niger documents were forgeries — “within recent days” was stunning.

‘What is now clear is that there are those in this administration that misled the President, misled the nation, and misled the world in making the case for the war in Iraq.

‘They know who they are. And they should resign today.

‘There will be investigations, and the truth will come out – the American people must know the truth – and those in this administration must be held accountable for their failure to give us the truth before we went to war.

‘But we do not need to wait for the investigations to rid these people from our government – they can resign on their own today.

‘I am now convinced more than ever that it was a mistake to have given this administration a blank check to engage in this war – as too many in Congress did when they supported the Iraqi war resolution.'”