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Former Congressman Says Iraq War Product of Fear, Popular Pressure

Former State Rep. John Hostettler (R-8th), one of the most conservative voices of the past decade, recently wrote an entire book about one vote among thousands he cast in his six terms on Capitol Hill. In late 2002, he was one of six Republicans to vote against giving then President Bush the authority to go to war in Iraq. On the eve of the sixth anniversary of the United States’ invasion and occupation of Iraq, Hostettler came by WFIU’s studios to discuss his vote and what he witnessed during the lead-up to war. WFIU Assistant News Director Daniel Robison has the first in a three-part series, reviewing what was happening in Congress prior to the war.

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