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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Hillary is still driving us liberals crazy with non-apologies about Iraq

Despite her "apology" this week, Clinton is still waffling.

It was all over the wires so you probably saw Clinton's apology for her Iraq vote:

"He took the authority that I and others gave him, and he misused it and I regret that deeply," she said. "If we knew then what we know now, there never would have been a vote. I never would have voted to give this president that authority." external link
That's not how I remember it! My impression, at the time, was that the Senate, including Hillary Clinton, green lighted Bush's invasion of Iraq.

Oh, sure, he needed to jump through a few hoops -- like going to the UN -- but after that vote, we all knew he was going in.

If you're memory needs jogging, read Russ Feingold's speech at the time, which Hillary presumably heard. There was no doubt that the resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq was an "A-OK" for an invasion.

For example:

So, Mr. President, I believe that to date the Administration has failed to answer the key questions to justify the invasion of Iraq at this time. Yes, September 11 raises the emotional stakes and raises legitimate new questions. This makes the President's request understandable, but it doesn't make it wise.

I am concerned that the President is pushing us into a mistaken and counterproductive course of action. Instead of this war being crucial on the war on terrorism, I fear it could have the opposite effect.
So how, exactly, did Bush misuse the authority the senate gave him?

I wish Hillary would just say, "I'm sorry. I screwed up on that vote. Please forgive me."

Like John Edwards did in his article: The Right Way in Iraq

I was wrong.

Almost three years ago we went into Iraq to remove what we were told -- and what many of us believed and argued -- was a threat to America. But in fact we now know that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction when our forces invaded Iraq in 2003. The intelligence was deeply flawed and, in some cases, manipulated to fit a political agenda.

It was a mistake to vote for this war in 2002. I take responsibility for that mistake. It has been hard to say these words because those who didn't make a mistake -- the men and women of our armed forces and their families -- have performed heroically and paid a dear price.
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That's what we liberals need from Hillary -- a simple, straight-up apology.

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