“We knew it was coming,” Former Republican Party Chairman Bob Clark said. “Personally, I believe World War III has already started. Now we’re in Iraq, and until the United Nations gets going and does what they were designed to do in 1947, then we’re going to find ourselves going to Korea soon after we get this done.”
“It looks like the United Nations is going the way of the League of Nations,” Clark said. “They formed the League of Nations, but they never could do anything because it couldn’t make a decision. It looks like the United Nations is going down that road.”
Democratic Party Chairman Julia Sexton said she wants to help Iraq, but believes the president should have thought more about the consequences of war.
“I support the president in what he is doing, but I, like many others, feel that his lack of diplomatic expertise has alienated a lot of countries that were our friends,” Sexton said. “I feel like we should have had the coalition behind him before he started posturing about making war and taking over Iraq.”
“We are going to have to bear the burden of restoring Iraq, and maintaining a democracy there,” she said. “We’re going to be stretched financially. I don’t think we should take that burden by ourselves. I don’t feel like he took all of that into consideration.”
“When you offer an ultimatum, you don’t have a way of retreating to find a better solution,” she said. “He didn’t leave himself any avenue but war, and I don’t think that is ever right, no matter who the president is.”
Sexton said she believes there are more pressing matters in other parts of the world.
“I think we have a lot more at stake in places like North Korea than we do in Iraq,” she said.
“I have a great concern for all involved,” Chickamauga City Schools superintendent Melody Stansell. “It’s devastating when you have so many people that you know have loved ones going there.”
“The president has tried to avoid it,” she said. “He certainly has provided warning upon warning, and I think we need to be as supportive of him and his decision as possible.”
“All I can say is that it’s something that we had to do as a nation,” LaFayette Mayor Neal Florence said. “We’re lucky to have the support of 35 other nations. The biggest effect it’s going to have on us is that a lot of local people will be involved with some sort of ground invasion or cleanup.”
“I don’t think it’s going to last very long,” Florence said.
Florence said he is disappointed by international naysayers.
“We are not trying to take over the world, and I don’t think it’s our job to be the peacekeepers,” he said. “They need to get on board with the plan. We believe in capitalism, everybody living in democratic society and being able to choose for themselves.”
“I thought that (the attack) was a good move,” LaFayette Public Safety Director Charles "Dino" Richardson said. “I just don’t think they need to lighten up. I think we need to get it over with. I support the president and think they made a wise choice.”
“I saw the same thing in Vietnam,” Richardson said. “They were talking about rebuilding before they ever actually started the war.”
“I was glad to see it started,” Chickamauga Mayor Ray Crowder said. “That regime over there needs wiping out if one ever did, and I’m for it 100 percent. I support the president and especially all of our troops.”
Ray Brooks, president of Northwestern Technical College, said he wants victory to be swift with as few casualties as possible.
“I just hope for the safe return of our folks in harm’s way over there,” Brooks said. “I hope they get the job done quickly.”
“I think there was a time for debate, but once we go to war, in my opinion, I think it’s time to support our troops,” he said