Kennedy opposed the Iraq war from the start. He was one of 23 senators to vote against the resolution authorizing President Bush to invade the country.
In an April 5, 2004, speech, he declared that "Iraq is George Bush's Vietnam."
Kennedy held up photos of the Abu Ghraib prisoner detention abuse while questioning Attorney General John Ashcroft at a June 8, 2004, Senate Judiciary Committee. Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, watched.