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...Early Days of Vietnam Conflict. Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with former U.S. senator Mike Gravel.
Bush Administration March to War with Iraq an Echo of Early Days of Vietnam Conflict

Interview with Mike Gravel, former U.S. senator, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Mike Gravel represented Alaska for two terms in the U.S. Senate, where he was an outspoken opponent of the war in Vietnam. When the Gulf of Tonkin resolution was passed in 1964, providing a political basis for launching the war in Vietnam, only two senators voted to oppose it -- Wayne Morse of Oregon and Gravel's predecessor from Alaska, Ernest Gruening.

Since leaving the Senate in 1981, Gravel has been working on a national initiative to provide more direct political power to the American people with the goal of strengthening U.S. democracy. The former senator has been an outspoken critic of the Bush Administration's war against terrorism, and the acquiescence of most Republicans and Democrats in Congress to the administration's rush to war against Iraq.

Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Gravel about the parallels he sees between the early years of the Vietnam War and where the U.S. is headed today with regard to the White House plans for war with Iraq.

Former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel's organization, the Democracy Foundation, can be reached at (703) 516-4056, or visit their Web site at
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