Hillary: For the War, Before She was against it

Bill Sammon, the Washington Examiner’s White House Correspondent and Friend of First Friday, tears Hillary a new one in his new book “Meet the Next President“. We haven’t read it yet (we will, Bill, we will!), but the Examiner has been running excerpts all week. Today’s portion on Hillary succinctly captures her complete flip flop on the Iraq war:

“Intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program,” Clinton said on the Senate floor. “Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well affects American security. Now this much is undisputed.”

Her use of the word “undisputed” was significant. It signaled that Clinton was not placing the onus of proof on Bush. Instead, she was determined to let the world know that she was making up her own mind, not blindly following the president.

In addition to supporting the intelligence, she voted to give the President the authorization to go to war:

“This is probably the hardest decision I have ever had to make – any vote that may lead to war should be hard – but I cast it with conviction,” she added. “It is with conviction that I support this resolution as being in the best interests of our nation.”
Indeed, Clinton felt so strongly that she voted against an amendment that would have required Bush to come back to Congress for a second, more explicit authorization in the event that the United Nations balked at war.

And now that she needs the Code Pink vote to win the Presidential primary, she acts like she and her Democratic colleagues played no part:

“Look, I think the American people are done with Iraq,” she told the New York Times last February. “I think they are at a point where, whether they thought it was a good idea or not, they have seen misjudgment and blunder after blunder, and their attitude is: What is this getting us? What is this doing for us?”

Next year she’ll probably take credit for the Surge.


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