John Kerry and Chuck Hagel Both Voted for the Iraq Invasion

I linked to the Chris Hayes interview of John Kerry earlier, but Marcy Wheeler points out a part I had missed. It starts at about 8:10:

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Here’s the transcript:

KERRY: — I disagree. And, first of all, let — let — let me make this clear. The president — and this is very important, because I think a lot of Americans, all of your listeners, a lot of people in the country are sitting there and saying oh, my gosh, this is going to be Iraq, this is going to be Afghanistan. Here we go again.

I know this. I — I’ve heard it.

And the answer is no, profoundly no. You know, Senator Chuck Hagel, when he was senator, Senator Chuck Hagel, now secretary of Defense, and when I was a senator, we opposed the president’s decision to go into Iraq, but we know full well how that evidence was used to persuade all of us that authority ought to be given.

Now, I imagine what Kerry meant was that he and Hagel spoke out against the war after it started to go pear-shaped, and both regretted their votes a lot, but the plain meaning of the words “we opposed the president’s decision to go into Iraq” is just false. It’s a shame Hayes didn’t call him on that.

See the rest of Marcy’s post for more.

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Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper is national correspondent for the Week, and a former web editor for the Washington Monthly.