Former President Clinton, husband of the Senator, was, according to the reporters, her chief counsel on the war vote. They quote him saying at the time, "Mark my words, he will develop weapons of mass destruction....He will deploy them and he will use them."
After returning from a trip to Iraq in 2003, Senator Clinton spoke at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York about the situation, saying that "We have no option but to stay involved and committed," and calling her vote "the right vote" and one "I stand by."
Clinton appeared on Meet the Press during a 2005 trip to Iraq, and, again according to Gerth and Van Natta, continued to express confidence in the effort, and opposed withdrawal or a timetable. "We don't want to send a signal to insurgents, to the terrorists, that we are going to be out of here at some, you know, date certain."
The issue here is not making mistakes. The issue is being honest and taking responsibility.
Senator Clinton, in what should be of concern to us all, seems to have a problem with both.
It is simply nauseating to hear from someone who aspires to be president of the United States what we heard from Clinton at the New Hampshire debate. "...this is George Bush's war...He started the war. He mismanaged the war. He is responsible for the war."
There would have been no Iraq invasion without authorization from Congress. Clinton's vote was part of that authorization. It was her war as it was George Bush's war.
Senator Clinton may have not read the National Intelligence Estimate, as she has admitted, before voting for the war. But she certainly was reading the polls. At the time of the vote on the Iraq war, President Bush's approval was at 70 percent.
She was aware, awake, conscious, sober, and responsible when she cast her vote.
A little free campaign advice to Senator Clinton. Americans prefer presidents who tell the truth and take responsibility.
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