In October 2002 author John Hostettler was one of only six (6) Republican members of the United States House of Representatives to vote against the resolution authorizing President George W. Bush to invade Iraq. In Nothing for the Nation , Hostettler first explains why he voted against the authorization and what led him to proclaim on the floor of the House of Representatives two (2) days before that vote that the case supporting the allegation of a program of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq was tenuous at best. Hostettler then makes the case that the true motivations for removing Saddam Hussein from power was not so much about US national security but was more personal to the two parties most prominent in selling the WMD case to the American people and their elected leaders in Congress. You've read about faulty intelligence. You've heard from politicians who say they were lied to. Now find out what really happened and find out why we are in Iraq from the man who got it right before the beginning!
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John Hostettler is a Republican and was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 1994 though he had never run for public office before. He served in the House from 1995 to 2007. He was a member of the House Armed Services Committee during his entire service. He resides in southwest Indiana with his wife, Beth, and their four children.Review:
There are too many of us that know we were wrong on that fateful day we failed to protect the Constitution of the United States and ceded to the president what our founding fathers clearly saw to be a congressional responsibility never to be trusted to a president: the right and the responsibility to make war. Unfortunately we labor under doubt and regret from not fully understanding why we were so wrong. Had we listened more carefully to John Hostettler at the time, we would live with fewer regrets today. Nobody who took a position that day is more vindicated by current understanding and by the liberty-devoted tenets of our republic than John Hostettler. Let's take the easy case first. In his book, Nothing for the Nation, Hostettler examines all the current arguments of the day for waging war on Iraq. And as we all now so painfully understand, he demonstrates them to be without foundation. We were not faced with an immediate threat to the nation as we were told. We are led to the only and most plausible conclusion. We waged war because the president wanted to do so for his own reasons. It is as simple as that and there is no way to get around it. And that is what our founding fathers feared the most. Now for the bigger case: Hostettler makes it clear it is against the basic constitutional tenets of our republic to allow such power to rest with one man or one office. Even if waging war against Iraq had been the right and necessary thing to do, it should not have been done in the wrong way. Congress made an unconstitutional delegation of authority to the president and it was the most tragic such delegation ever made. Had we listened to Hostettler at the time, we would not have done it. If we listen to him now, we might save ourselves the pain, regret, and shame from doing it again. For years I have known I was wrong. Now I know why I was wrong. I'm sorry so many had to pay such a dear price for me to learn what I should have known before I took that office. -- Hon. Dick Armey, former Majority Leader (1995-2003), United States House of Representatives
In Nothing for the Nation, my friend and former colleague John Hostettler, who was one of the few Republicans to oppose the Iraqi War, not only demolishes the 'official' justifications for attacking Iraq, but he demonstrates why true conservatives should have joined John and myself in opposing the war. I urge all Campaign for Liberty members, and anyone who wishes to understand how America was neoconned into the Iraq war, to read John's book.
-- Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX); 2008 Republican candidate for President; New York Times bestselling author of The Revolution: A Manifesto
I've worked in Washington long enough to know that the label that matters most is not 'liberal' or 'conservative' but 'principled'. Congressman Hostettler has done our country a service by recounting with clarity and grace how political leaders misled us into a wasteful, unethical, and unconstitutional war in Iraq. His principled actions in Congress and his chronicle of how he made the decision to defy his own political party demonstrate that truth and political courage are not partisan.
--Barry W. Lynn, liberal activist; ordained minister; longtime constitutional lawyer and civil libertarian; host of the syndicated radio show Culture Shocks
There are three books critically important to understanding the neoconservative takeover of US foreign policy. They are Jacob Heilbrunn's They Knew They Were Right, Stephen Sniegoski's Transparent Cabal, and former Congressman John Hostettler's Nothing for the Nation. For me John Hostettler's book is the most important because it focuses on three fundamental issues: first, the need to base all our international relations on the too frequently ignored United States national interest; second, the necessity to restore constitutionalism; and third, the requirement to revive basic ethical principles for both politicians and public alike if we are to avoid a repeat of the Iraq fiasco. Nothing for the Nation is highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand what took place in 2002-3.
-- Philip Giraldi, PhD: former CIA field officer specializing in counterterrorism in Europe and the Middle East; Contributing Editor, The American Conservative; Fellow, American Conservative Defense Alliance
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