As we work to get Reality Check off the ground, it’s only fitting to take a brief look back at some of Hillary Clinton’s most notorious flip flops on Iraq.
On Meet the Press on the September 15, 2002, Clinton said,
“I can support the President. I can support an action against Saddam Hussein because I think it’s in the long-term interests of our national security.”
In New Hampshire on Feb. 10 she said,
“I gave him authority to send inspectors back in to determine the truth, and I said this is not a vote to authorize preemptive war.”
On March 15, 2007, the New York Times ran an article about Clinton’s position on troop withdrawal.
“In discussing how she would act as commander in chief, ‘She [Sen. Clinton] said in the interview that there were ‘remaining vital national security interests in Iraq’ that would require a continuing deployment of American troops.”
Yet this flies in the face of much of what she’s said about brining the troops home, like this statement from a March 30th Hill article, “Anti-war McGovern backs Hillary,”
“I’m proud to have his [Rep. Jim McGovern] support as we work together to end the war in Iraq and bring our troops home…”
As her critics have repeated time and time again, Senator Clinton refuses to acknowledge her vote authorizing the Iraq War in October of 2002 was wrong.
As she told Larry King in 2004 and has reiterated time and time again,
“No, I don’t regret giving the president authority because at the time it was in the context of weapons of mass destruction, grave threats to the United States, and clearly, Saddam Hussein had been a real problem for the international community for more than a decade.”
At a recent speech before the DNC, she said, (The quote is around 9:20 on the You Tube video.),
“…and I want to be very clear about this. If I had been President in October of 2002, I would not have started this war”