Hillary Clinton is trying to convince Iowa voters
that she signed the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002, with no idea that President Bush would actually use military force:
Clinton was making her first campaign swing through this early nominating state, which twice voted for Bill Clinton for president. She met with key activists and held a raucous town hall meeting with 1,500 cheering backers and hundreds of journalists.
"I have said clearly and consistently for quite some time that I regret the way the president misused the authority," said Clinton. "He misled Congress and the country on what he was seeking and what he intended to do."
Uh, didn't you read the resolution you signed, Hillary?
SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.
(a) AUTHORIZATION. The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to
(1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and
(2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions regarding Iraq.
Rush Limbaugh has commentary on the flip-flop - see here and here.
While I have your attention, check out this 2002 Hillary speech excerpt that appears in the second linked article (emphasis added):
In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports showed that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al-Qaeda members, though there is apparently no evidence of his involvement in the terrible events of September the 11th, 2001. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare.
Hillary herself links Saddam to al-Qaeda. So don't tell me that we had no reason to invade.
Labels: Middle East, Politics, War on Terror