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Tom Delay: "Yes, I am Questioning Their Patriotism."

03/18/2007 01:31 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Tom Delay on Meet the Press, 3/18/07, on the redeployment of troops:

"It is surrender. This is hard so I want to surrender. That's exactly what it is."

Later, he questioned the patriotism of those who would protest the war in Iraq:

DELAY: "It is my opinion that when you go to war we ought to all come together. You can debate going to war, that is a legitimate debate, but once you have our soldiers and our young people dying on the battlefield, we should all come together. And we shouldn't have what we had yesterday on the mall in Washington D.C., those are not in my opinion patriots, that are talking about impeaching the Commander in Chief."
RUSSERT: Is setting a date for withdrawal...
DELAY: I think it's aiding and abetting the enemy. When you tell the enemy what your strategy is, that is aiding and abetting the enemy, because they can use that strategy to come back and harm your soldiers.

Tom Delay, in 1999:

"Clinton's bombing campaign has caused all of these problems to explode." He "only has two choices, occupy Yugoslavia and take Milosevic out" or "to negotiate some sort of diplomatic end, diplomatic agreement in order to end this failed policy."
[I support legislation] "directing the president ... to remove U.S. Armed Forces from their positions in connection with the present operations against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia."

Tom Delay, in 1998, on calling for the impeachment of a Commander-in-Chief:

"Shall we follow the rule of law and do our constitutional duty no matter unpleasant, or shall we follow the path of least resistance, close our eyes to the potential lawbreaking, forgive and forget, move on and tear an unfixable hole in our legal system? No man is above the law, and no man is below the law. That's the principle that we all hold very dear in this country."