Thursday, December 1, 2005

Hillary Kicks Ass

Like or or not, Hillary Clinton kicks ass with this very well-put rebuttal to the Bushists' (and others') dumbass contention that we have no right to oppose the war because so many were tricked into voting for it.
I voted…on the basis of the evidence presented by the Administration, assurances they gave that they would first seek to resolve the issue of weapons of mass destruction peacefully through United Nations sponsored inspections, and the argument that the resolution was needed because Saddam Hussein never did anything to comply with his obligations that he was not forced to do.

Their assurances turned out to be empty ones, as the Administration refused repeated requests from the U.N. inspectors to finish their work. And the “evidence” of weapons of mass destruction and links to al Qaeda turned out to be false…

Before I voted in 2002, the Administration publicly and privately assured me that they intended to use their authority to build international support in order to get the U.N. weapons inspectors back into Iraq, as articulated by the President in his Cincinnati speech on October 7th, 2002. As I said in my October 2002 floor statement, I took “the President at his word that he will try hard to pass a U.N. resolution and will seek to avoid war, if at all possible.”

Instead, the Bush Administration short-circuited the U.N. inspectors - the last line of defense against the possibility that our intelligence was false. The Administration also abandoned securing a larger international coalition, alienating many of those who had joined us in Afghanistan…

I take responsibility for my vote, and I, along with a majority of Americans, expect the President and his Administration to take responsibility for the false assurances, faulty evidence and mismanagement of the war.

It is time for the President to stop serving up platitudes and present us with a plan for finishing this war with success and honor – not a rigid timetable that terrorists can exploit, but a public plan for winning and concluding the war. And it is past time for the President, Vice President, or anyone else associated with them to stop impugning the patriotism of their critics.
So far, you know, the republican response to calls for troop withdrawal has been to say, "Sure we fucked up, but you were dumb enough to believe in us, so you're guilty too!" Well, screw 'em, Amos. Getting conned doesn't make you a con man, you know?



Amelopsis said...

As reluctant as I am to give Hillary too much credit (I still think she's as bad as the rest); I have to agree with you on this one. She's seems to be speaking rather plainly on this one and that's more than can be said for most. Lay the blame where it belongs; take responsibility for your vote; now that the facts have been laid bare - take some positive action to improve the chaos that has ensued.

But....I won't be holding my breath in anticipation.

windspike said...

I like your last paragraph shea. Its this "we fucked you, but your ass holes for believing us" argument that pisses me off. Fuck them and their lies that got us here.

Sar said...

It's time for all of them to put their money where their mouths are. We elected them to be our representative voices, and polls reflect our great displeasure with the handling of the war & the lack of perceived trustworthiness in Dubya.

SheaNC said...

You know, when I read in the past that she was pro-war, I was bummed and thought she had gone over to the dark side. But this statement restores my faith. She described, very well, why the republican "they voted for it too" defense is crap. Geez, what the repukes did sounds like entrapment: "We'll make them want it!"

Jack Mercer said...

Hillary is the ultimate snow job. She will sucker everyone.

Can't wait!


SheaNC said...

Well, as I said, like her or not, her statement was dead-on accurate.