There appears to be come confusion about the tweets our @seatimesopinion account posted Tuesday night around the time of the gubernatorial debate between Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna. To clear it up, here is a recap of the history of The Seattle Times’ editorial positions on the Iraq wars.
During the debate, McKenna asked Inslee why 10 of the state’s newspapers (including The Seattle Times) have endorsed McKenna for governor. Inslee responded that he works for the people of the state of Washington, not for the newspapers. (As an aside, in the unlikely situation that a current Seattle Times employee ran for office, our editorial board would not automatically endorse that candidate.)
Inslee then said the same newspapers that endorsed McKenna had urged the U.S. to go to war in Iraq.
So people could read our editorials for themselves, we sent out two tweets. The first tweet said, “Fact check: @JayInslee accuses editorial boards of cheering Iraq War. Our 11/11/90 editorial calls for caution http://seati.ms/P8J6gH #wagov.”
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He didn’t specify in the debate which war he was talking about, so we tweeted links to editorials on both wars.
But let’s focus on the second Iraq War when Inslee was serving in Congress, and all the editorials we published leading up to his vote against the Iraq resolution. The resolution, which Congress approved, gave President George W. Bush the authority to attack Iraq. As you will see below, our editorials opposed the war leading up to that vote. Here are our editorials: