Keepin’ It Real

April 26, 2007

Hillary: Hawkish on Iran, but Why Believe Her?

Filed under: Hillary!,Politics,War in Iraq — mary @ 9:38 am

According to today’s Jerualem Post:

Democratic presidential candidate and New York Senator Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that it might be necessary for America to confront Iran militarily, addressing that possibility more directly than any of the other presidential candidates who spoke this week to the National Jewish Democratic Council.

One has to wonder whether Mrs. Clinton is simply pandering to her audience.

Or, does she really think that as President she will possibly invade Iran? And, if she does send troops into Iran, will she immediately pull out if the going gets rough (and Code Pink screams loud enough), leaving a further destabilized region?

After all, isn’t that exactly what she has done in Iraq? In her Senate speech explaining her vote to authorize force in Iraq, Mrs. Clinton was resolute:

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.

But, of course, in Mrs. Clinton’s mind, standing resolutely behind the troops will only last until some woman in a pink t-shirt starts complaining. Once the old gals with the bullhorns start appearing at her public appearances, it’s time to turn tail and run.

After all, in the case of Iraq, Mrs. Clinton changed from a position of resolution to defeatism once the criticism started.

In a Saturday, February 17, 2007 Reuters article:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the early front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, has called for a 90-day deadline to start pulling American troops from Iraq.

Clinton, the wife of former President Bill Clinton, has been criticized by some Democrats for supporting authorization of the war in 2002 and for not renouncing her vote as she seeks the U.S. presidency in next year’s election.

Now it’s time to say the redeployment should start in 90 days or the Congress will revoke authorization for this war,” the New York senator said in a video on her campaign Web site, repeating a point included in a bill she introduced on Friday.

What will a Clinton presidency mean to the armed forces? Would you be willing to risk your life for your country knowing full well that at some point your Commander in Chief will thrust you into a war but will not support you once the political winds start to shift?


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