Stumping in New Hampshire, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, the presumed 2008 Democratic frontrunner, said: "From almost the first day they got into office they were trying to figure out how to get rid of Saddam Hussein. I'm not a psychiatrist; I don't know all of the reasons behind their concern, some might say their obsession."
So Senator Clinton now says that she knew that Bush and Cheney were "obsessed" with "getting rid" of Saddam. But she decided to vote anyway in favor of giving them the power to act out their "obsession" through military violence? Clinton is disqualified as a candidate.
Along with Clinton, we must delete from our file Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, and John Edwards. All of these "Johnny-come-latelies" are currently pandering to the anti-war base of the Democratic Party. Biden, Dodd, and Edwards voted for Bush's war at a time when it mattered most to stand up against it. All three of them are disqualified.
Congress has so far failed to issue a formal note of disagreement with Bush's escalation of the war. Now the Administration is asking us to wait for signs of "progress" over the "next 12 to 18 months." That commitment will translate into another 1,200 to 1,800 Americans coming home in body bags, tens of thousands of dead Iraqis, and the expenditure of another $60 to $100 billion.
It's becoming clearer each day that the Pentagon's "Office of Special Plans," under Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith, cooked the books on the Iraqi "intelligence" to scare the nation into war. The anti-war Left could see that the "intelligence" was bogus, and that we were being lied to. We demonstrated in the streets to show the world that we rejected Bush's warmongering.
And where were Clinton, Biden, Dodd, and Edwards? They turned their backs not only on us, but also on the twenty-two Senators and 133 House members who voted against the war.
So why did these gutless politicians vote for Bush's war? They voted to issue death sentences to thousands of innocent Iraqis and Americans for one reason: It was politically expedient for them to do so at the time. They did not want to be open to Karl Rove's attacks on their "toughness" against the "terrorists," or be labeled "anti-American" or "unpatriotic" by their political opponents. They were willing to go along with an illegal invasion and occupation of a sovereign state based on lies and innuendo because it served their own short-term political interests.
Now, Clinton, Biden, Dodd, and Edwards offer their belated tactical criticisms of a war they should have seen as immoral and illegal from the start. They say the Bush Administration misled "us" about the reasons for the war. Or they say "everybody got it wrong." They tell us that the problem is "we" didn't go in with enough troops, or "we" didn't handle the reconstruction well, or "we" didn't understand the culture of Iraq, etc. Or they blame it all on Donald Rumsfeld. The time for tactical criticisms has long passed. If those cowardly Senators who now want us to vote for them for President had shown judgment and courage at that critical time in October 2002 "we" might not be in this quagmire.