Answer: A compelling, bi-partisan majority of U.S. politicians and citizens.
The question aroused my interest since it’s commonly implied that only Bush, Cheney and a handful of Neocons were on board with the invasion decision.
First, let’s look at the blowhard politicians.
The 2002 Iraq War Resolution passed the House 296 (68%) to 133 (31%) … with 81 Democrats voting for it.
In the Senate, the vote was 77 to 23 … with 29 of 50 Democrats voting for it …. Among the notable Dems voting yes: Biden, Clinton, Kerry, Hagel … Side note: Obama wasn’t in the Senate yet.
Below is a summary of the vote … click for details re: how each Senator & Congressional Rep voted.
Now the bigger question: Did Congress vote the will of the people?
You bet they did.
According to Pew polls, over 70% of U.S. citizens initially thought that invading Iraq was the right decision.
As war ran on, that number dwindled to under 40% in 2008.
Gallup’s surveys confirm the Pew findings.
Gallup says that only 23% of U.S. adults initially thought that invading Iraq was a bad idea; 75% were fine with the decision.
That number has also dwindled to around 40%
Yeah, it was Bush’s decision … and retrospectively, the decision was problematic. It’s fair to hang it on him
But, those who are feigning “not me” and “I told you so”these days – politicians especially — should be called on it.