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Hillary Speaks on Iraq, Defends Her Iraq Vote

by Pamela Leavey

Today, Hillary Clinton defended her Iraq vote. She stopped short of saying her vote was a mistake, as others have in recent weeks. Hillary spoke up “amid growing unease among liberal Democrats who could determine the potential 2008 presidential candidate’s future.”

I take responsibility for my vote, and I, along with a majority of Americans, expect the president and his administration to take responsibility for the false assurances, faulty evidence and mismanagement of the war,” the New York senator said in a lengthy letter to thousands of people who have written her about the war.

At the same time, she said the United States must “finish what it started” in Iraq.

Clinton and other hawkish Democrats have come under criticism from liberal anti-war activists, many of whom will hold sway over presidential primary contests.

In a letter (email) to voters, Hillary “cited prewar assurances from the White House that the United States would use the United Nations to resolve the issue of Iraq’s purported weapons of mass destruction.”

“Based on the information that we have today, Congress never would have been asked to give the president authority to use force against Iraq,” she said.

“Given years of assurances that the war was nearly over and that the insurgents were in their ‘last throes,” this administration was either not being honest with the American people or did not know what was going on in Iraq,” she wrote.

Hillary did state in her email that she felt, as other Democrats do, that is time for plan from the President:

It is time for the President to stop serving up platitudes and present us with a plan for finishing this war with success and honor – not a rigid timetable that terrorists can exploit, but a public plan for winning and concluding the war. And it is past time for the President, Vice President, or anyone else associated with them to stop impugning the patriotism of their critics.

She also made an attempt to defend those who have spoken out more harshly in recent weeks:

Criticism of this Administration’s policies should not in any way be confused with softness against terrorists, inadequate support for democracy or lack of patriotism.

A copy of Hillary Clinton’s email is available here.

8 Responses to “Hillary Speaks on Iraq, Defends Her Iraq Vote”

  1. Hillary? Would you like the Kool-Aid now?

  2. Hill has had the kool aid I think. I thought it would be interesting to highlight what she said, though it’s not impressive.

  3. Hillary is a lost dog.

  4. This is a waffle statement. Hillary needs to say what she really thinks. This war was built on lies, we never finished the job against bin laden and now this President and staff are clueless on how to move forward. If nothing else she should at least say that the only plan laid out so far that would work is John Kerry’s, but we know that will not happen for politcal reasons.

  5. The opening sentence sounds like Hill copied off of JK’s homework, doesn’t it? Of course the stay the course yada yada was pure ShrubCo drivel.

  6. Hillary pounds another nail in the coffin of her failing Democratic presidential aspirations.

    The only thing she has going for her is name recognition, which she got from her husband.

    If America wants a female president, we can do better than Hillary, if only Barbara Boxer would throw her bonnet into the ring.

  7. She is almost as bad as Lieberman and Biden. As Kenneth Galbraith told both Clinton and Trueman: “What america does not need is another republican party…one is more then enough” AMEN Ken…

  8. Well I guess triangulation isn’t working for ol hil like she and bubba thought it would.
    Hil probably wouldn’t have spoken out at all had the polls went in bush’s favor and she thought they would. I guess she thought that her ringing endorsement for pres from oprah would overshadow the fact that as the so called front runner in 08 she hadn’t weighed in. When Bill said a few weeks ago to some arab students that the way the war was handeled was a mistake I knew she was waiting to see what way the wind blew. After all bill was telling Kerry to concentrate on the economy during the election then after the election was saying kerry should have talked about iraq. Talk about two-faced.
    Hil’s stand is no better than liberman’s.