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Monday, September 9, 2013

Debate Over Syria Draws Comparisons To Iraq

Colin Powell, left, appeared at the UN Security Council on Feb. 5, 2003, to present evidence of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. John Kerry, right, made a statement about the use of chemical weapons in Syria at the State Department on August 30, 2013. (AP)

Colin Powell, left, appeared at the U.N. Security Council on Feb. 5, 2003, to present evidence of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. John Kerry, right, made a statement about the use of chemical weapons in Syria at the State Department on August 30, 2013. (AP)

As Congress debates military intervention in Syria, the politics and language being used feel very familiar.

Back in 2002, Congress was debating military action in Iraq on the heels of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The rationale was that Saddam Hussein was acquiring weapons of mass destruction and had direct ties to al-Qaida. Both claims turned out to be false.

But in late 2002, Congress voted to authorize the Iraq War. Nearly 200 members of Congress who took part in that vote are still in Congress.

We take a look back at the Iraq War debate and how it compares to the debate over Syria.

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