Hillary is a mixed bag of advantages and disadvantages. It may work to her advantage that so much is already known of her that it may be impossible to "swift boat" her.
I don't believe voting for the Iraq resolution (which was a statutory authorization to use military force, if necessary, to insure Saddam was disarmed) ia necessarily a bad thing. It, combined with a similar resolution from the UN the following month, did what it was designed to do; it got the inspectors access.
All that said, it is true that giving that authorization to this president was a mistake. I agree with Hillary Clinton that this administration misled us, misused this authorization, and failed to plan for after Saddam was removed.
Her problem here, as I see it, is her vote to confirm Condi Rice. This is also Biden's and Obama's problems, as they also voted to confirm.
What do any of these three know today that they did not know when they voted to promote Dr. Rice, who was an integral part of misleading, misusing, and failure to plan? How can they reconcile their complaints about these things with their vote (an official "okay") for one who part of what they now complain of?
That question is lurking out there. It will come up. How can they answer it?
John S. Smith
Mar 14 2007 - 4:55pm