What is Hillary Clinton Thinking?

August 21, 2007 at 3:48 pm 7 comments

Update: Media Matters has more on what Clinton said during her speech before the Veterans of Foreign Wars including a video clip from MSNBC in which Clinton says “We’ve begun to change tactics in Iraq, and in some areas, particularly in Al Anbar Province, it’s working. We’re just years too late changing our tactics. We can’t ever let that happen again. We can’t be fighting the last war; we have to be preparing to fight the new war.” This makes clearer that while she is acknowledging some tactical shifts, that she does not support the “surge.”

Lately I have given Hillary Clinton points for a smart campaign ad and for a clever response to an attack from Karl Rove, but I have not a clue what she meant when she said this about President Bush’s escalation of the Iraq war:

That begins with ensuring that America does have the world’s strongest and smartest military force. We’ve begun to change tactics in Iraq, and in some areas, particularly in Al Anbar province, it’s working.

I know that she was speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, but this is a serious case of denying reality and pandering to her audience.

The reality is that this has been the bloodiest summer in Iraq since the invasion began, members of Parliament are on vacation for the entire month of August and seventeen of thirty eight cabinet members are boycotting the government. Meanwhile, the American military is stretched thin and unavailable if there is another emergency or attack. And nearly 4,000 American soldiers have been killed.No amount of wishful thinking is going to change this. We need serious action to end the war, bring our troops home and get Americans out of the middle of what is a civil war.

Senator Clinton has to understand this and if she doesn’t how can she claim to be capable of creating the change that we need after nearly seven years of the worst presidential administration in U.S. history?


Entry filed under: 2008 Election, Campaigns, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Iraq, Military, Politics, War.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. rick  |  August 21, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Read the media matters discussion of this…she was misquoted by Drudge.

  • 2. jeremiasx  |  August 21, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    The quote he put up there was accurate, though…she did say that. She is a CLINTON…she will say whatever the audience she is speaking to WANTS TO HEAR…hope you get it. I hate the neocons, but I hate Hillary WORSE. Take that from an Arkansan who knew them.

  • 3. Bloggernista  |  August 21, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    Rick, thanks for the head’s up in the Media Matter report.

  • 4. Christopher  |  August 21, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    Believe me now?

    Hillary has ALWAYS had a big, ole, swath of GOP in her soul. Like Bush? Then you’ll love Hillary Clinton, who will be Murika’s Margaret Thatcher, if she’s elected president.

  • 5. andyfox1979  |  August 22, 2007 at 7:15 am

    its funny when pushed for answers, democrats all agree they agree with the iraq war… they just say they don’t to rile up the masses. It looks like all politicians are the same, they just say different things.

  • 6. PalmettoPatriot  |  August 22, 2007 at 8:49 am

    She’s definitely not on the Right, but the thing is that the Left and Right any more are almost the same in their support of Big Business – which has a big stake in keeping us in Iraq. We have to leave behind the influences of Big Business if we want things to be better.

  • 7. retro  |  November 20, 2007 at 12:18 am

    As much as I’d like to see a woman president, I don’t trust Hillary as far as I can throw her.


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