For The First Time Hillary Clinton Admits That She Was Wrong To Vote For The Iraq War

In her upcoming book, Hard Choices, Hillary Clinton completely admits that she made a mistake by voting for the Iraq War in 2002.

Via CBS:

“[M]any Senators came to wish they had voted against the resolution. I was one of them. As the war dragged on, with every letter I sent to a family in New York who had lost a son or daughter, a father or mother, my mistake become (sic) more painful.”

“I thought I had acted in good faith and made the best decision I could with the information I had. And I wasn’t alone in getting it wrong. But I still got it wrong. Plain and simple.”

Her admission that she got it wrong is a complete 180 from her defense of the vote during her previous presidential campaign in 2008.

In 2006, on the Today show, Clinton said, “Obviously, if we knew then what we know now, there wouldn’t have been a vote, and I certainly wouldn’t have voted that way.”

While running for the Democratic nomination in 2008, she defended the vote on Meet The Press, “We can have this Jesuitical argument about what exactly was meant. But when Chuck Hagel, who helped to draft the resolution said, ‘It was not a vote for war,’ What I was told directly by the White House in response to my question, ‘If you are given this authority, will you put the inspectors in and permit them to finish their job,’ I was told that’s exactly what we intended to do. ”

On these previous occasions, Mrs. Clinton always avoided saying that her vote was wrong. She paid a heavy price with Democratic primary voters, because Barack Obama was a clear and constant critic of the war. The Iraq vote was one of the genuine differences between Clinton and Obama in 2008, and it looks like she isn’t going to let that vote be a problem in 2016.

Part of this is a likely fence mending with some primary voters who were turned off by her legalistic defense of her vote for war in 2008, but some of it is possibly insight gained from her time spent as Secretary of State. Over time, people’s positions can change and evolve. In fact, many of our best leaders who are people who have an open mind and are capable of growth.

In contrast, today’s Republican Party provides a perfect view of the consequences of inflexibility and resistance to change. The rigid ideology, and political failures of the Republican Party come from the fact that they are welded to a belief system that they refuse to deviate from.

The Democratic Party, along with the country, has moved to the left since 2008. Hillary Clinton is showing that she is willing to move along with her party.

15 Replies to “For The First Time Hillary Clinton Admits That She Was Wrong To Vote For The Iraq War”

  1. Had they had the “facts” I’m sure alot of the politicians would have had a different vote. I remember listening to the republican spinmeisters talking about the WMD’s, and mushroom clouds.

    How Rice, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the rest even have the audacity to show their faces in public is beyond comprehension. War criminal in my opinion.

  2. You forgot the balsa wood planes that were suppose to fly 6k miles with WMD’s. Now back to the subject. While I will support her because I am looking at the bigger picture of down ballot candidates I still will not buy that argument she is trying to sell on why she voted for the war. Its plain common sense. Iraq was surround by enemies. Their infrastructure was destroyed, sanctions were working, yellow cake proved to be a lie, we knew Osama hated Saddam and last but not least the UN report in the 90’s led by Scott Ritter said all stocks production was destroyed. Now if I knew this Hillary being a Senator knew it and more. All Democrats who voted for the Iraq war were nothing but political cowards. That is all

  3. I’ll vote for her if I have to. All the same, I am not impressed. I spent ten years of my childhood in the same nicey-nice (but never really nice) town where she grew up, and most of the denizens thereof are very good at putting on whatever show is needed. I don’t doubt she learned.

    (For the curious: I lived in The Pretzel, on Vine Avenue).

  4. Basically she is saying that she trusted what the Bush administration was telling her, even though many of us could tell he wasn’t to be trusted at that point.
    This isn’t a maturation of her views, it is an attempt to win over those who she alienated back then and in 2008.
    But it brings into question her judgement and ability to realize BS, qualities pretty important in a President.
    Yes, I will vote for her if she is the nominee, but I will support someone else in the primary.

  5. I am with you. If one kept a critical mind, and attention to lesser broadcast, but never the less available that made their way through the TV media (which I have long since abandoned-screw the TV culture!)and the war propaganda drums beat, these facts were indeed out there to be discerned.

  6. I will vote for Hillary if she wins the primaries. If Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren run then, well you know where this is going. Would love to see either of them get the nod.

  7. Priceless! What happened to all the crazed libs on this site who where willing to put on their pantsuits and support Hillary? News flash the american people wanted to go to war with Iraq and those dems where afraid to go against the will of the people.

  8. True, roughly 40% wanted to to war the way we did, another 30% were in favor of going if there was an international consensus and UN approval, and another 30% + were saying no way, no how. And that latter group had lots of valid reason, which the other 70% were not allowed to hear.
    And yes, a lot of Dems did chicken out fearing backlash.
    But if the Bush administration had been honest with the American people, there would not have been the support there was.

  9. I bet you my last dollar most Americans couldn’t even find Iraq on a map and that’s even if its marked

  10. 1) I was a Democrat until I became an Unafilliated who could vote either ticket in a primary (I moved and circumstances changed);

    2) I didn’t vote for Hillary and will vote for the Democrat – whoever that will be – in 2016;

    3) Why do Conservatives only allow for Republicans to grow and learn from their mistakes, and why are they so quick to forgive them the moment they say “I have apologized to my wife and children, and spoken to my Pastor. I promise it won’t happen again”?

  11. What Hillary said during her vote to support the administration:
    “My vote is not, however, a vote for any new doctrine of pre-emption, or for uni-lateralism, or for the arrogance of American power or purpose — all of which carry grave dangers for our nation, for the rule of international law and for the peace and security of people throughout the world.”
    Also: (before that paragraph)
    “If we were to attack Iraq now, alone or with few allies, it would set a precedent that could come back to haunt us …
    So Mr. President, for all its appeal, a unilateral attack, while it cannot be ruled out, on the present facts is not a good option.”

    Obama was not in the senate at that point so there was no vote. In The New Yorker, Nov 6, 2006, Obama said:
    “…we were in different circumstances at that time: I was running for the U.S. Senate, she had to take a vote, and casting votes is always a difficult test.”

    As a US Senator, he voted Yes later.

  12. GW had gained a lot of political capital from the way he handled the aftermath of 9-11. I’m quite sure if most Americans had known that his administration ignored the warnings that 9-11 was bound to happen, he would have been pilloried publicly and maybe even impeached just like he deserved to be. In addition to all the lies that the Bush administration told to the public in order to gain support for the war in Iraq, GW was fond of taunting Democrats for being “soft on terrorism.” I may be wrong, but in addition to the lies, I believe that some Democrats reacted to the taunting instead of acting responsibly and finding out the truth on their own. It’s good that she can admit she was wrong. What’s so sad is that it took such large-scale losses in terms of lives and money to cause some folks to finally see the light.

  13. While you make a valid point, it would be better received without the “crazed libs” bs.

    And don’t think the misogynistic dig of “pantsuits” went unnoticed.

  14. I really like Hillary but she needs to lighten the fuck up every once in a while. The thing that makes me like Obama, a sense of humor and spontaneity is totally lacking in Mrs Clinton.

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