On this February day, as this nation stands at the brink of battle, every American on some level must be contemplating the horrors of war. Yet this chamber is, for the most part, silent—ominously, dreadfully silent. There is no debate, no discussion, no attempt to lay out for the nation the pros and cons of this particular war. There is nothing. We stand passively mute in the United States Senate, paralyzed by our own uncertainty, seemingly stunned by the sheer turmoil of events.

Robert Byrd

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Byrd, Robert C. Speech on the impending invasion of Iraq. 12 Feb. 2003. The Senate, U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, DC, USA. Address.