Hillary Clinton Equals Iraq War And The Mess That Came After
Last night, at a forum in Iowa, Senator Bernie Sanders identified the core issue in the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries:
“The truth is that the most significant vote and issue regarding foreign policy that we have seen in this country in modern history was the vote on the war in Iraq. OK, that’s the fact.
I voted against the war in Iraq and if you go to my Web site, listen to the speech that I gave when I was in the House in 2002, saying, yes, it’s easy to get rid of a dictator like Saddam Hussein, but there’s going to be a political vacuum, there will be instability.
And it gives me no pleasure to tell that much of what I feared, in fact, happened.
Hillary Clinton voted for the war in Iraq.”
The vote for war in Iraq took place 14 years ago, but Sanders is right to bring it up, because that single vote remains the defining act of Hillary Clinton’s political career. There are two reasons for this:
1) The world is still suffering the effects of the disastrous decision of Hillary Clinton, and other right-leaning Democrats, to help George W. Bush rush the United States into war in Iraq. The Taliban are still raging in Afghanistan. Iraq remains a mess, and provided the regional destabilization, experience and weaponry necessary for civil war in neighboring Syria to break out, allowing the Islamic State to emerge as a new face of brutality in the Middle East.
2) By voting in favor of George W. Bush’s policy of war in Iraq, Hillary Clinton ignored the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party. I will never forget it. As a resident of New York, I was a constituent of Senator Hillary Clinton. Like huge numbers of other New Yorkers, I wrote to Clinton, begging her not to vote in favor of starting the Iraq War. Clinton ignored these messages, and embraced the politics of fear.
Hillary Clinton claims to be steady and “pragmatic”, while accusing Bernie Sanders of favoring wild, untested political ideas. However, when it came to the war in Iraq, Hillary Clinton wasn’t pragmatic. She was the one who favored wild, untested political ideas. Clinton promoted a crazy scheme to use the United States to start a war halfway around the world based on bald-faced lies.
It was Bernie Sanders who was calm and steady, demonstrating a capability for critical thinking that Hillary Clinton could not master. While Sanders had the courage and dignity to stand up against the hype crafted by those seeking to start a war, Clinton panicked.
It took Hillary Clinton 10 years even to admit that she had made a mistake.
Hillary Clinton’s track record shows that Democratic voters can’t trust her to stand up for their values of peace and progress when the going gets rough. Next Tuesday, Democrats in Iowa should see Clinton’s claims of pragmatism to be what they are, and caucus for Sanders.