Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Edwards VS. Clinton: WMD

A new poll says that if the Presidential election was held today, Hillary would win.

"If I had been president in October 2002, I would not have started this war. If we in Congress don't end this war before January 2009, as president I will." -Hillary Clinton, February 3, 2007 (source)

On Sunday's "Meet the Press" John Edwards slyly got in his first shot at Hillary.
Hillary can claim she wouldn't have gone to war all she wants, but we have the quotes. When those on the right point out to those on the left that Democrats voted to go into Iraq too --their standard response is "Yeah, because they believed Bush's trumped up intelligence." But, Edwards basically told Russert that he didn't trust Bush's info and relied on the Clinton's for his pre-war info...and it was them that convinced him that Iraq had WMD and was a "grave threat" to America:

"MR. RUSSERT: “ A grave threat to America,” do you still believe that?

SEN. EDWARDS: No.

MR. RUSSERT: Why were you so wrong?

SEN. EDWARDS: For the same reason a lot of people were wrong. You know, we—the intelligence information that we got was wrong. I mean, tragically wrong. On top of that I’d—beyond that, I went back to former Clinton administration officials who gave me sort of independent information about what they believed about what was happening with Saddam’s weapon—weapons programs. They were also wrong. And, based on that, I made the wrong judgment. I, I, I want to go another step, though, because I think this is more than just weapons of mass destruction. I mean, I—at the—I remember vividly what I was thinking about at the time. It was, first, I was convinced he had weapons of mass destruction. That’s turned out to be completely wrong and false. I had internal conflict because I was worried about what George Bush would do. I didn’t have—I didn’t have confidence about him doing the work that needed to be done with the international community, the lead-up to a potential invasion in Iraq. I didn’t know, in fairness, that he would be as incompetent as he’s been in the administration of the war...

...So I accept my responsibility. I’m not defending what I did. Because what happened was the information that we got on the intelligence committee was, was relatively consistent with what I was getting from former Clinton administration officials. I told you a few minutes ago I was concerned about giving this president the authority, and I turned out to be wrong about that...

MR. RUSSERT: Last Wednesday you gave an interview to The Politico, and you said this: “ ‘When we went to war, Senator Clinton and I both voted for it. ...’ Edwards [said]. ‘I have since said I was wrong, and I take responsibility for that. I have not heard Senator Clinton say that.’ Should she say she was wrong? [Edwards was] asked. ‘That is a moral decision she has to make,’ Edwards said.” Do you believe Senator Clinton is morally bound to admit the war was wrong?

SEN. EDWARDS: I think she’s morally bound to follow her own conscience. If she—if she believes—and this doesn’t just apply to her, it applies to anybody in the Congress—if she believes that her vote was wrong, then yes, she should say so. If she believes that her vote was right, then she should defend it..." (source)

It's going to be hard for Hillary to prove she can be a hawkish woman, while saying we shouldn't have went to war and appeasing the far left...while Edwards is out there saying it wasn't George W. Bush that convinced him to vote for the Resolution...it was the Clinton camp.

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