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Hillary’s Iraq vote - V 7.5
Posted by: McQ on Monday, January 14, 2008

Shortened Meet the Press:

Tim Russert:
Let me bring you back to October 10 of 2002, when the Senate had to vote on the authorization to go to war. This was Senator Clinton on the floor of the Senate.
He then shows a video clip of Senator Hillary Clinton from October of 2002 on the floor of the Senate:
So it is with conviction that I support this resolution as being in the best interest of our nation. And it is a vote that says clearly to Saddam Hussein, this is your last chance. Disarm or be disarmed.
Hillary Clinton:
You didn't show my entire speech—of course, you don't have time to do that—because I made it very clear that my vote was not a vote for preemptive war.
I want to stay with your vote because that same day, Senator Levin offered an amendment, the Levin amendment, and this is how the New York Times reported it. "The [Levin] amendment called ... for the U.N. to pass a new resolution explicitly approving the use of force against Iraq. It also required the president to return to Congress if his U.N. efforts failed." ... Senator Levin said, "Allow Congress to vote only after exhausting all options with the United States." You did not participate in that vote. You voted against Carl Levin, who was saying give diplomacy a chance and yet you said no. You voted to authorize war. The resolution you voted for, Robert Byrd said was a blank check for George Bush. Ted Kennedy says it was a vote for war. James Carville and Paul Begala said anyone who says that vote wasn't a vote for war is bunk.
It was a vote to use the threat of force against Saddam Hussein, who never did anything without being made to do so.
The title of the act was "The Authorization For Use of Military Force Against Iraq" resolution.
Game, set, match and tournament to Russert. Hillary Clinton has attempted to twist that vote into so many things it is not it has become pathetic. And because she's a master at obfuscation, it's sometimes useful to pare down the conversations in which she attempts to spin her past to the bare bones.

And the basic point here is the title of the resolution she was voting on is pretty clear on its face as to its purpose. If James Carville, Paul Begala and Ted Kennedy considered it a vote for war, it's hard to believe the woman who would be president didn't. If she didn't, you have to question her intelligence, experience and judgment. (You also have to try and figure out why she felt a president, just handed the legal authorization to go to war, would then do what some junior Senator from NY wanted done simply because she thought that's what the resolution was all about - and more importantly why she thinks the American people would believe her to be that naive or dumb, you know, if she's that experienced and all).

And if you take the time to read through all of Clinton's spin at the link above (the transcript of her Meet the Press session) you'll find the name of Chuck Hagel invoked along with some others. Eric Lipton unravels all of that for you here.
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Speaking of Hiliary’s vote ..
Diebold Again: Did Hillary Really Win New Hampshire?
Written By: Neo
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Hillary is a liar. The Lipton piece makes that much clear. There is not other word one can use to describe her.

Obama/Edwards in ’08.
Written By: mkultra
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Mk - drop silky pony will you, give Obama a chance.
Written By: looker
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She didn’t know it was an authorization of force. Uh huh.
Hillary’s statements always leave me with a choice between 2 alternative:
1. She is too stupid to be my President.
2. She has too much contempt for the intelligence of the electorate to be my President.
Written By: Tim
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For Hillary Clinton to oppose OIF would have been to oppose her husband’s legacy on Iraq. Bush’s case for regime change in Iraq was plagiarized - or inherited - from Clinton.
Written By: Eric Chen
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