HILLARY ON IRAQ


Hillary Clinton's Senate Record on the War in Iraq:
  • October 2007: In a characteristic move of playing both sides of an issue, Hillary signs onto Senator Jim Webb's bill that would prohibit the use of funds for military operations in Iran. She is the first and only co-sponsor of a bill unlikely to even be voted on. This largely empty gesture is designed to quell criticism of her Kyl-Lieberman vote.

  • September 2007: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton votes yes on the Kyl-Lieberman Amendment that effectively labels the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps a “terrorist organization.” Clinton was the lone Democratic presidential candidate in the Senate to support this legislation that many view as giving President Bush authority to launch an air war against Iran.

  • May 2007: Hillary votes NO on the war appropriations bill that passes the Senate by a vote of 80-14. The Associated press says that Presidential politics played a role in the NO votes cast by Clinton and Obama, who are under pressure from anti-war activists. CODEPINK's eighteen-month Listen Hillary campaign is having an impact.

  • May 2007:. Hillary Clinton votes YES on a procedural motion to end debate on legislation sponsored by Senator Feingold calling for a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq. The motion is defeated, as has been predicted. The media reports that during the day Clinton gives several different answers about whether she will actually support the measure if it comes
    to a vote. The Associated Press quotes her as saying she will not speculate on “what I'm going to be voting on in the future.” Later in the day she says she will support the legislation.

  • May 2007: Under increasing pressure because of declining public support for the war, Hillary Clinton signs on as a co-sponsor of a bill that would revoke the 2002 War Authorization she voted for. The bill would allow for continued funding of the war, having no discernable practical impact, but is an attempt by Hillary to distance herself from the increasingly unpopular occupation of Iraq and to position herself as an “anti-war candidate.”

  • March 2007: In an interview with the New York Times, Hillary predicts a “remaining military as well as political mission” in Iraq; she states that if elected president, she would keep a reduced military force there to fight Al Qaeda, deter Iranian aggression, protect the Kurds and support the Iraqi military. The implication is that there will be permanent bases and American boots on the ground in Iraq far beyond the 2008 elections if Hillary becomes president.

  • January 2007: Hillary says that it was President Bush's “decision to go to war with an ill-conceived plan and an incompetently executed strategy." She adds, “We expect him to extricate our country from this before he leaves office,” e.g., before 2009, but she hedges when asked if this means troop withdrawal by then. In short, Hillary once again makes it clear that her ever-changing positions on the war are tied completely to her domestic political calculations

  • January 2007: Hillary places the blame for the situation on the Iraqis themselves: "I don't think we should continue to fund the protection for the Iraqi government leaders or for the training and equipping of their army unless they meet certain conditions…." She opposes Bush's "troop surge" and calls for a "cap" on troop levels, but refuses to call for withdrawal or to support Senate measures that would restrict funding for the war.

  • December 2006: Hillary still doesn't join John Kerry and John Edwards in apologizing for the war authorization vote, but she does say: "Obviously, if we knew then what we know now, there wouldn't have been a vote and I certainly wouldn't have voted that way."

  • October 2006: Hillary calls for the firing of Donald Rumsfeld. "If we could get some adult supervision right now in the administration with respect to their war strategy, this could be handled," she said. She's not against the war-she just thinks it's being managed badly.

  • September 2006: Clinton votes NO on Senate Amendment 4882 sponsored by Diane Feinstein that would ban the sale of cluster munitions for the use in heavily populated civilian areas. The amendment is defeated 70-30.

  • June 2006: Clinton votes NO on Senate Amendment 4442 sponsored by John Kerry that would require the redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Iraq in order to further a political solution in Iraq. The amendment is defeated 86-13.

  • November 2005: A few days after Representative John Murtha bravely calls for the redeployment of troops currently in Iraq, Hillary offers this response: an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq would be "a big mistake."

  • February 2005: Hillary makes the somewhat dubious statements that much of Iraq is functioning well, that elections there have succeeded and that the insurgency is failing. Hillary says the US should not set a deadline for troop withdrawal because it will "play into the hands of the insurgents."

  • April 2004: Hillary says she is not sorry she voted for a resolution authorizing the president to take military action in Iraq, but she does regret "the way the president used the authority."

  • October 2002: Clinton votes YES on House Joint Resolution 114, "to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq." The measure passes the Senate 77-23.

    All voting records fromwww.vote-smart.org


From The Olympian, February 4, 2007:
In Iowa last weekend, Sen. Clinton showed why she shouldn't - and I believe won't - be president. She deliberately misled the audience about her vote to authorize President Bush to use force against Saddam Hussein... Last weekend in Des Moines, Sen. Clinton attempted to explain her 2002 vote in favor of a Senate resolution "to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq" (S.J. Res. 45): "I said that we should not go to war unless we have allies. So (President Bush) took the authority that I and others gave him and he misused it, and I regret that deeply. And if we had known then what we know now, there never would have been a vote, and I never would have voted to give this president that authority."

Speaking to the left wing, anti-war organization, Code Pink, on March 7, 2003, as can be found on YouTube, Sen. Clinton tried to justify her pro-war vote: "There is a very easy way to prevent anyone from being put into harm's way, that is for Saddam Hussein to disarm. And I have absolutely no belief that he will. I have to say that this is something I've followed for more than a decade. If he were serious about disarming, he would have been much more forthcoming. ... I ended up voting for the resolution after carefully reviewing the information, intelligence that I had available, talking with people whose opinions I trusted, trying to discount the political or other factors that I didn't believe should be in any way part of this decision."
Read the entire article at The Olympian

From Washington Post, January 18, 2007:
Clinton Steps Up Criticism of War in Iraq -- Senator Rejects Bush Strategy but Steers Clear of Timetable for Troop Pullout:

Her long support for the war and past reluctance to break more significantly with the administration have left her at odds with many liberal activists, who will play an influential role in the Democratic nomination battle. Yesterday, she stopped short of embracing a timetable for withdrawing troops from the conflict, an idea many activists support...
Read the entire article at Washington Post

From The Guardian, January 18, 2007:
Blow to Clinton campaign as effort to win over Iraq critics falls short:

Although she is one of the front-runners for the Democratic nomination and has already accumulated sizeable campaign funds and an experienced election team, she is in danger of misjudging the speed with which the public mood is shifting against the war, and the strength of anti-war feeling in the Democratic party...
Read the entire article at The Guardian

From The HuffingtonPost, July 13, 2006:
Elaborating on how Hillary can overcome voter uncertainty by, as the story puts it, reintroducing her values and biography to a national electorate," the anonymous advisor says: "She will define herself, and we have the money to do it. People have to get to know her, know that she was once a Republican, that she's a big Methodist... That will happen." So that's the winning strategy for 2008? Run Hillary as a Goldwater girl and -- wait for it -- "a big Methodist"?

Holy blatant red state pandering, Batman!"
Read the entire article at The HuffingtonPost

From The New York Daily News:
[Senator Clinton] has called abortion "a tragic choice," sponsored a bill to make flag-burning a crime, pushed for a crackdown on violent video games and supported the war in Iraq.

Democratic eyebrows were raised again earlier this month when it was revealed that Murdoch — whose conservative Fox News Network regularly lambastes Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton — plans to sponsor a fund-raiser for her."
Read the entire article at nydailynews.com

From The New York Observer:
Mrs. Clinton's strategy [on Iraq]—as pieced together from her public speeches and letters—amounts to this: America should stay the course, but not at the cost of lingering for too long. Troops should start coming home this year, but enough should remain to maintain some semblance of peace for a national unity government that will have to take responsibility for Iraq's future.

In the view of some leading members of the foreign-policy establishment, Mrs. Clinton's political caution has left her with something that is not a long-term strategy at all."
Read the full article, by Jason Horowitz, www.observer.com

Arianna Huffington on Hillary, May 14, 2006:
I've been trying to crack The Hillary Code.

Unlocking the latest Clinton cryptex, we find not a papyrus map but other kinds of symbolic clues: Making headlines with her warm assessment of Bush. Partying with a Who's Who of the GOP power elite, including Karl Rove, Karen Hughes, Tom DeLay, and Bill Frist. Planning a fundraiser to be hosted by— wait for it—Rupert Murdoch.

It doesn't take a dashing Harvard symbologist and a sexy French cryptographer to figure this one out. Hillary Clinton is determined to single-handedly remove every last vestige of authenticity from American politics."
Read the full article, http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Molly Ivins on Hillary:
I'd like to make it clear to the people who run the Democratic Party that I will not support Hillary Clinton for president.

Enough. Enough triangulation, calculation and equivocation. Enough clever straddling, enough not offending anyone This is not a Dick Morris election. Sen. Clinton is apparently incapable of taking a clear stand on the war in Iraq, and that alone is enough to disqualify her."
Read the full article, www.freepress.org

Jimmy Breslin on Hillary:
There are, as stated earlier, now more than 2,000 young Americans who have died in Iraq. [Hillary Clinton] wants to be a candidate for president and she doesn't even mention our dead, or our next dead.”
Read the full article, “Take a Stand? Not our Hillary!“ www.newsday.com