(14 September 2007) Before authorizing support to invade Iraq in 2003, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) told Bill Maher this week (for the Yahoo! candidate 'mash-up') that she sought out expert opinions from those inside and outside the government and took advice from those in her husband's administration before granting President George W Bush war powers.
"...At the time I thought I made it very clear I was against a pre-emptive war. And I believe that giving the president authority to go back to the United Nations and put in inspectors was an appropriate designation of authority (for the president,)" she said.
There is no documentation whatsoever showing that Senator Clinton ever worked towards this goal, she now claims, of avoiding possible war at the time by supporting the United Nations' weapons of mass destruction inspector program in Iraq.
"...That [authority] is not what we've seen [President George W Bush] do and I've said that had I known then what I know now obviously I would never have voted to give him authority," she said.
Worrisome indeed that if her 'advisors' at that time did not raise red flags on invading Iraq in 2003, she either has (and so too her husband had) uninformed advisors -- or she simply thinks by saying so in hindsight erases her own inactions from four years ago.
Clinton went on to tell Maher the "real challenge" is "what do we do now?"
What a question for a presidential candidate to ask.
She clearly doesn't know...and that is no lie.
Senator Clinton goes on to tell Maher that George W Bush... "is still president despite my best efforts to end his term in 2004, and I intend as a senator to do everything I can to force a change in course."
Did she? Were her actions or inactions in 2004 her best efforts?
As I was out of work in 2004 --indirectly due to the policies of the Bush Administration-- monitoring election coverage did indeed become an important part of my life. Not a single FOX-spin-news story or the whack-job liberal pundits drooling fake news ad nauseam missed my set of eyes as I helped moderated a political message board.
While I am a Republican, in 2004 I didn't care who was voted in just as long as the Bush Administration was removed, fairly or unfairly, by force, by witchcraft or disease -- didn't matter how. But there was one question those in the anti-Bush camp kept asking: "When will Clinton endorse Senator John Kerry?"
To my recollection -- she never did. However, in reviewing for this little piece, I found one reference that she had. According to the Nippon Television Network in March 2004, Clinton threw her support behind Kerry. Ah so! No wonder we missed that headline - one had to reside in Japan to have caught this news item.
Oddly enough, The lost cause New York Times wrote of Clinton in August 2007, "...Indeed, her friends say she was no fan of the Kerry campaign, seeing it as feckless and undisciplined at times..."
We will see what other lies Clinton can tell in the months ahead. Perhaps what she told Maher will come in handy one day too as Lie No.X.
She told Maher that if she takes over the White House her first priority would be to address bringing troops home and focusing on other challenges here at home.
Nice touch for those who want our troops to leave Iraq one year ago, but I simply cannot believe a female liar version of Bush.
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