- The Washington Times - Monday, January 30, 2006

Defense Department Press Briefing, Feb. 16, 1999:

Q: Apparently some members of Congress are saying this is beginning to look like a war, a constant air war which is going on over Iraq, and some are wondering if the [Clinton] administration is going to ask Congress for war powers permission. Is that in the cards as far as you’re concerned?

Assistant Secretary of Defense Kenneth Bacon: Since 1991, we have flown tens of tens of thousands of sorties over Iraq to police the no-fly zone. In the overwhelming number of cases [the Iraqis] have not resisted or shown any signs of attacking coalition aircraft. Since the end of [Operation] Desert Fox in late December they have aggressively attacked U.S. aircraft. They have violated the no-fly zone… They have turned on their radars; they have fired anti-aircraft batteries and also fired missiles at our planes over the last month and a half. We have responded properly against these attacks, and we will continue to respond properly against these attacks.

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