Keepin’ It Real

April 14, 2007

Hillary: “I thought I was voting to send in UN Inspectors”

Filed under: Hillary!,Politics,War in Iraq — mary @ 9:33 pm

According to ABC News’ reporter Eloise Harper on the ABC Political Radar Blog, Hillary Clinton was heckled today during a campaign stop in Hampton, New Hampshire. Hecklers are not unusual on the campaign trail, so this is not surprising. Hillary’s weak-kneed and dishonest response to the hecking, however, is.

From the ABC Political Radar Blog:

April 14, 2007

ABCNews’ Eloise Harper reports: After fielding many questions ranging from mental health care to veteran affairs at a Town Hall Meeting in Hampton, NH, Senator Hillary Clinton received a heated question about Iraq. A woman who had traveled from New York asked Sen. Clinton if she had read the report given to her in 2002 on intelligence and the Iraq war.

Clinton said she had been briefed on the report, and the woman screamed back, “Did you read it?!” Notably uncomfortable, the Senator repeated that she had been briefed. This exchange went back and forth about three times.

The woman sat down and Clinton explained, “If I had known then what I know now, I never would have voted to give this President the authority.” Clinton also said she believed she was giving the President the authority to send U.N. inspectors to Iraq. (emphasis added)

Seems Ms. Clinton forgot the title of the Resolution on which she voted:

S.J. Res. 45, A Resolution to Authorize the Use of
United States Armed Forces Against Iraq

She also seems to forget the speech she made on the Senate floor explaining her vote in favor of this resolution:

October 10, 2002

Floor Speech of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
on S.J. Res. 45, A Resolution to Authorize the Use of
United States Armed Forces Against Iraq
As Delivered

Today we are asked whether to give the President of the United States authority to use force in Iraq should diplomatic efforts fail to dismantle Saddam Hussein’s chemical and biological weapons and his nuclear program


And perhaps my decision is influenced by my eight years of experience on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue in the White House watching my husband deal with serious challenges to our nation. I want this President, or any future President, to be in the strongest possible position to lead our country in the United Nations or in war. Secondly, I want to insure that Saddam Hussein makes no mistake about our national unity and for our support for the President’s efforts to wage America’s war against terrorists and weapons of mass destruction. And thirdly, I want the men and women in our Armed Forces to know that if they should be called upon to act against Iraq, our country will stand resolutely behind them


So it is with conviction that I support this resolution as being in the best interests of our nation. A vote for it is not a vote to rush to war; it is a vote that puts awesome responsibility in the hands of our President and we say to him – use these powers wisely and as a last resort. And it is a vote that says clearly to Saddam Hussein – this is your last chance – disarm or be disarmed.

The entire speech is here:

I have a problem with this disingenuousness: Either you are playing the dumb blonde who cannot remember an incredibly important vote, nor an incredibly important speech that you made, or you are totally dishonest because you don’t want to stand tall and live with a vote you made that has turned out not to be as popular as you thought it would be. Either way you wish to play this game, these are not qualities I want to see in the next President of the United States.

I now wait for more fudging along the lines of these famous words: “That depends on what the definition of is is.”


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