Saturday, February 17, 2007

What's New With the Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has issued a new statement regarding the Iraq war. She has announced that she is willing to lose the anti-war vote rather than claim she would not have supported the war, "Which I don't agree with."

"If the most important thing to any of you is choosing someone who did not cast that vote or who has said that vote was a mistake, then there are others to choose from."

Her statement, of course, referring to Barack Obama who is on record for not supporting the war (although not in office at the time of the vote) and John Edwards, who casted his vote for the war but has since denounced it as the result of misinformation.

Her adviser, Richard C. Holbrooke, revealed that “Some of her many advisers think she should’ve uttered the three magic words — ‘I was wrong’ — but she believes it’s self-evident that the Senate Iraq resolution was based on false intelligence and never should’ve come to a vote.”

And in this case I agree. Needing the Democratic Senator to claim she is sorry for her vote is like believing that Michael Richards's or Mel Gibson's apologies have any value. They don't. Since then she has announced the war to be a disaster, announced that they were given faulty intelligence and been a vocal critic, even calling for a withdrawal to begin within 3 months. She's not Joe Lieberman, who still supports the disaster, so an apology would be a meaningless set of words used only as a strategic veil to help get her elected. She's not the most liberal candidate, and you can dislike her over Barack Obama if you like, but at least worry about the issues rather than a war that she will likely be responsible for in 2 years.

I'm not happy with some of her stances on the issues, but I'm thinking in the general terms of "who can win" and "who do I like." I like Obama, Clinton AND Edwards. So I'm going to worry about who can win. However, if you're still debating "who do I like?" You should probably not worry about a hollow apology and start worrying about the issues that will affect our country in the future.

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