Dick Morris and  Eileen McGann

We all felt there were WMDs in Iraq and nobody anticipated the blood letting that's happened there since. An admission of error by Hillary would have killed the issue.

Why didn't her advisors prevail on her to admit it?

Because they are scared to death of Hillary's fury, rage, tantrums, and, ultimately, of being exiled.

So Hillary refused to say "I'm sorry." As a result, she has brought herself no end of woe as she tries to appease the left.

Then the question arose of whether to cut off war funding. Again, Hillary refused to go that far.

Why? Because she felt that, as a woman with a reputedly anti-military past, she could not be accused of denuding our troops in the face of the enemy. Again her advisors likely found her convictions too entrenched to challenge them.

So now Hillary has to spin a position against the war that is meaningful but doesn't cut off funding. Now, Hillary has introduced a bill demanding a withdrawal beginning in 90 days and making it illegal to add more troops.

The bill will never pass. The 90-day clock will never make it out of the watch factory. But does this new formulation give her a place to stand in the current debate?

Not really. While she is willing to set a begin date for "redeployment," Hillary won't set an end date as Obama and Edwards have both done.

In the near future a defunding resolution will come to the Senate floor. When it does, and when she votes no, it will dominate the discussion among Democrats – despite Hillary's own proposals.

Hillary has also opened the door to massive criticism by embracing "engagement" and calling for a Mid-East regional conference – obviously including Iran – to settle the war.

These positions put her at odds with those who see a nuclear Iran as threatening Israel's and America's future and who demand tough economic and, if necessary, military action to stop it.

How can you boycott or bomb a country and then "engage" with them?

But the larger lesson is that Hillary has put herself in an impossible position by refusing to apologize and ruling out a funding cutoff.

Had she said, "I'm sorry" and then agreed to cut off funding (about the same thing as a mandatory troop ceiling), she would have coasted to the Democratic nomination.

But now she has laid out a rocky road for herself. And she has only her own bad instincts to blame.

All this begs the question of where is Bill?

He has better instincts and usually is the wiser, cooler head.

Hillary's jagged course suggests that either he is making one of his periodic visits to Hillary's doghouse or he isn't able to make her see common sense.


Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

Dick Morris, a former political adviser to Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and President Bill Clinton, is the author of 2010: Take Back America. To get all of Dick Morris’s and Eileen McGann’s columns for free by email, go to www.dickmorris.com