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I submit to you that Hillary Clinton is NOT a leader, is dishonest, and for those reasons should NOT be the next president of the United States. Most of you already know this. This is for the few who don't. Her continuous lying about Iraq, for the sole reason of garnering votes, proves the point. Her non-stop shucking and jiving on the war, her myriad poll-driven positions on the same, all point to a woman devoid of principle, but one consumed with the hunger for power. Look at her history regarding Iraq.
Here's Hillary defending her husband's 4-day Iraq bombing campaign, known as Operation Desert Fox:
“[T]he so-called presidential palaces … in reality were huge compounds well suited to hold weapons labs, stocks, and records which Saddam Hussein was required by UN resolution to turn over. When Saddam blocked the inspection process, the inspectors left.” - Hillary in December, 1998.
And here's what Hillary said when the polls looked favorably toward the Iraq war, and when she thought it might look bad to vote against it, so she voted for it, as did John Edwards, as did John Kerry. Obama was not yet in the Senate, so he had no vote.
There is a very easy way to prevent anyone from being put into harm’s way, that is for Saddam Hussein to disarm. And I have absolutely no belief that he will. I have to say that this is something I’ve followed for more than a decade. If he were serious about disarming, he would have been much more forthcoming. . . . I ended up voting for the resolution after carefully reviewing the information, intelligence that I had available, talking with people whose opinions I trusted, trying to discount the political or other factors that I didn’t believe should be in any way part of this decision - Hillary addresses Code Pink on March 7, 2003.
Take note of the fact that in 2003, Hillary said she'd been following Saddam's movements for "more than a decade".
Here's what Hillary said to the troops back then:
“We must stay the course” in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and asked for more troops to finish the job...We have to exert all of our efforts militarily” - Hillary on November 29, 2003, when visiting the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But something happened on the way to the easy six-week american victory in Iraq. Saddam's men didn't really fight us. Instead, they disbanded and adopted guerilla-style insurgent tactics, and then Al Qaeda sympathizers flooded into the country to fight The Great Satan in the same manner, using terrorist tactics. It became a security nightmare, severely impairing the new Iraqi government and reconstruction.
So what did Hillary do ? She started dissembling. In 2005, Hillary embarked upon a new strategy, claiming she had been misled by false intelligence from - guess who - THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION ! You aren't supposed to notice that the CLINTON ADMINISTRATION had all the same intelligence conclusions for it's entire 8 years, that regime change in Iraq was the policy of the Clinton administration, or that the intelligence doesn't really come from any ADMINISTRATION, it comes from the CIA and other intelligence bodies.
"If Congress had been asked [to authorize the war], based on what we know now, we never would have agreed" - Hillary on November 29, 2005 in an e-mail sent to her supporters.
At the same time, Hillary began her absurd claim that she didn't know her vote authorizing the use of military force in Iraq actually authorized the use of military force in Iraq:
"assurances they gave that they would first seek to resolve the issue of weapons of mass destruction peacefully through United Nations sponsored inspections," Clinton lamented: "Their assurances turned out to be empty ones." - Hillary on November 29, 2005 from the same e-mail.
Of course, Hillary still "supports the troops", as she attempts to lose the war in order to get votes, as Iraq war popularity plummets. Hillary also doesn't want to be seen as soft on Al Qaeda, even as she begins shilling for an Al Qaeda victory in Iraq.
"I have continually raised doubts about the President's claims, lack of planning and execution of the war,while standing firmly in support of our troops...Criticism of this Administration's policies should not in any way be confused with softness against terrorists, inadequate support for democracy or lack of patriotism" Hillary on November 29, 2005 from the same e-mail.
By 2007, you weren't even supposed to remember that Hillary voted for the war, much less that Congress authorized it:
"Nearly four years ago our president rushed us into war in Iraq." - Hillary on February 7, 2007
When Rumsfeld was canned, and new tactics were implemented in Iraq (the surge) in 2007, Hillary was completely against it. She even called general Petraeus a liar in so many words for reporting on the success of the surge, a success that everyone must now admit to (other than the hardcore lunatic fringe who won't ever admit to anything being successful as long as Bush is at the helm).
But get a load of how Hillary actually tried to TAKE CREDIT for the successes of the surge she was dead set against. A giant hook should have come out and pulled her off the stage when she tried this lie out on Tim Russert on Meet The Press.
January 13, 2008, on Meet The Press
MR. RUSSERT: If General Petraeus says, "Senator, in September you called the surge the suspension of belief. It has worked, and you know it's worked"--let me finish--"you can see on the ground. I'm saying to you, Senator, or president-elect Clinton, don't destroy Iraq. It's working, the surge is working. Keep troops there just a few more months to get this reconciliation complete."
SEN. CLINTON: ...The point of the surge was to quickly move the Iraqi government and Iraqi people. That is only now beginning to happen, and I believe in large measure because the Iraqi government, they watch us, they listen to us. I know very well that they follow everything that I say. And my commitment to begin withdrawing our troops in January of 2009 is a big factor, as it is with Senator Obama, Senator Edwards, those of us on the Democratic side. It is a big factor in pushing the Iraqi government to finally do what they should have been doing all along.
One slight correction to Mr. Russert. Hillary actually called Petraeus' testimony "the willing suspension of disbelief".
In closing, there is one Hillary quote I can wholeheartedly agree with:
"The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they're not" - Hillary Clinton.
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