Sunday, February 17, 2008

Lies, Damned Lies, and Clinton-Speak

Mrs. Clinton assures us that when she voted for the "Authorization to Use Military Force" (AUMF) against Iraq, she didn't think Dubya would use it to actually go to war! The double-speak must be family trait: this is cut from the same whole cloth as the "I didn't inhale" line from Mr. Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton and the other Democrats who voted for the AUMF did so for reasons of personal political gain. They didn't want to be on the losing side of what they anticipated would be a triumphant exercise of American military firepower.

So now that the execution of the unjustified and indefensible war in Iraq has been botched completely, Mrs. Clinton would have us believe that she was against the war from the git go. And only voted for the AUMF as a threat against Saddam Hussein. This might ring true, were it not that there was at least a minority in Congress in both the Senate and the House who expressed grave doubts on the administration's bogus arguments and shoddy intelligence from the very beginning. I am extremely proud of my own U.S. Representative, Ms. Barbara Lee for voting against the war on Iraq. Perhaps even more telling, a good 20% of the unwashed citizenry didn't buy the Bush administration's sales pitch in the lead up to the Iraq war.

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