HILLARY AND THE WAR….I read this last night and wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. I thought a good night’s sleep might clear the cobwebs, but it hasn’t really. Over at FDL, here is looseheadprop’s gloss of a speech Hillary Clinton gave in New York to Eleanor Roosevelt’s Legacy Committee:
What I do know, is that I heard her say that she would end the Iraq war immediately upon taking office. Lots of heads snapped up when she said that (and there was plenty of applause, even a little whooping) and the very politically plugged in person sitting next to me remarked that the statement was “completely new”. She went on to say that the troops had already done everything they had been asked to do: got rid of Saddam, created a situation where elections could take place, surged to create political stability so the elected Iraqi government could do some legislating and work out a political solution (which she said they have not done) and that it was unfair to ask our troops to stay in Iraq and “play referee to an Iraqi civil war.” She said there is no military solution.
I assume Hillary’s actual phrasing was careful enough that she wasn’t really saying anything new or binding. Perhaps “ending the war” isn’t the same thing as “pulling our troops out.” But I’ll be curious to see if this heralds a shift in her war rhetoric. Stay tuned.