Hillary Clinton Clearly Says What No Republican Will: Iraq Was a Mistake

Sec Hilary Rodham Clinton, Iowa
Sec Hilary Rodham Clinton, Iowa

Some people can admit they were wrong. 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking at a bicycle shop in Cedar Falls, Iowa Tuesday, responded to questions from reporters about Iraq.


Unlike the Republican candidates who are falling over themselves to avoid saying that Bush got it wrong, that it was a mistake, Secretary Clinton came out of the gate charging with accountability for her past vote as a Senator to authorize the war in Iraq in 2003, one that upset the liberal end of the Democratic Party still burning with rage over the invasion of Iraq based on a lie.

“I know that there have been a lot of questions about Iraq posted to candidates over the last week. I’ve made it very clear that I made a mistake, plain and simple,” the Democratic former Secretary of State said.

Clinton added, “And I have written about it in my book, I’ve talked about it in the past, and what we now see is a very different and very dangerous situation. The United States is doing what it can, but ultimately this has to be a struggle that the Iraqi government and the Iraqi people are determined to win for themselves.”

It’s not hard to admit a mistake. It means that you’re human. In this case, as it relates to foreign policy, Democrats see it as a dynamic, ever-changing situation that must constantly be adapted to as new information comes in, whereas Republicans believe that once they take a position, they will stake that position out in spite of changing evidence, information, and factors. Republicans see foreign policy as static. They freeze in WAR and never look back.

Hillary Clinton admits that the vote she took on Iraq was a mistake. Too bad the people who presented false information to her and other Senators in order to push them into voting the way they did have yet to say they are sorry, or even admit they were wrong. Of course they can’t really do that, because they weren’t “wrong”, they were deliberately cherry picking information in order to get Congress to authorize the war.

Hillary Clinton in 2015 is an improved candidate from 2012. She is confident enough to say she was wrong about Iraq. Her confidence is well warranted, as she has the most foreign policy experience of any 2016 hopeful. Being able to clearly own a mistake is something that helps voters feel they can trust a candidate. Clinton isn’t trying to walk any fine line, she’s giving it straight, as the voters deserve.

72 Replies to “Hillary Clinton Clearly Says What No Republican Will: Iraq Was a Mistake”

  1. The first step to getting yourself out of a hole: Stop Digging.

    Now if we can just get the Republicans to admit that we don’t need to dig any more holes.

  2. The Cheney Presidency was a mistake, 9/11 and the Iraq War were consequences of that Administration.

  3. Moongrim & JP, Hillary voted FOR the IRAQ war. Contrary to Bush, Obama does not consult Congress.
    I guess she ALSO forgot this vote is on RECORD ! Hypocrite !!!!!!

  4. She is so correct. I get so tired of the press being pushed to say the crap the Koch back GOP teams say . They just try to put her down. The truth will be said by Hillary.

  5. I will say this to Sec Clinton and every democrat that voted for this never-ending Clusterfuk

    It was not a mistake. It was political cowardice. Your colleague Sen. Graham of Florida who was the ranking minority member of the intelligence committee told everyone who would listen the bush cabal was cooking the books and you didn’t listen.

    That being said if you become President I hope you don’t make the same mistake again with Iran

  6. WTF are you talking about? You must have overdose on your stupid pills today because reading is fundamental

  7. Creating unstability in Iraq and the rest of the region was not a good thing for them or for our soldiers who went and are still suffering the effects of that mistake.

    Politicians please remember that when you say:
    MORE BOOTS IN THE GROUND, here! there! and everywhere!
    those boots have human beings that die and become dismembered.

  8. Exactly. And those mistakes were made possible by “both Parties are the same” Libertarians (both Left and Right), and Republican voters who refused and continue to refuse to open their minds and vote for a political Party that’s been there for them and their children. It just boggles the mind.


  9. That Senator Graham from FL had his sh@t together
    back then. Now there’s another Senator Graham who’s
    from SC and about to jump aboard the bozo bus. And
    Miss Lindzie is just itchin’ to send more boots in harm’s way.

  10. On Foreign Policy, Chris Christie Will Suck All the Dicks Before He Announces He’s Running for President Following up Lindsey Graham’s call for more American blood to be spilled while trying to unfuck Iraq, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared yesterday, “Line up all the dicks. I’m gonna suck ’em one by one.” The occasion was an address in New Hampshire on American foreign policy, generally not something a governor from another state does unless he’s gonna run for president because, otherwise, who the fuck cares what you have to say about military interventions. In a speech that ranged from idiotic shit we tried already and failed to even more idiotic shit that isn’t working, Christie’s simple message was “If you present me with a dick, I will suck it.” – See more at: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/?tw_p=twt#sthash.EXmg0jIk.dpuf

  11. What about the emails and Benghazi which since your dumbass is to ignorant to know republican committees cleared her from whatever dumbfukery you teabaggers dreamt up

  12. So she voted for the War? So Freaking What!

    That statement is Irrelevant!

    The first step to getting yourself out of a hole is TO STOP DIGGING!!!

    A.K.A. admitting that what we’re doing is not doing any good. So, get the FARK out of Iraq.

    Hillary’s statement also indicates something you Republicans completely lack: Humility.
    Humility as in admitting that something was wrong. And the Iraq War was a Wrong Thing To Do!

    No amount of Whining about who voted for it is not going to change the reality that it was the wrong thing to do.

  13. What’s wrong with everybody? We elect these geniuses to office so that we can serve them to the best of our ability. I don’t know why everyone is so confused. Uh..Oh my goodness, the FOX channel has been accidently clicked in. I’m sorry folks for laying on the remote. For a minute I thought I was a genius. My bad.[wink]

  14. You people are so freaking blind.
    She is pandering for your vote and nothing more.
    She voted to go to war not because of the WMD’s, but because saddam husein violated 17 UN sanctions. Only 2 of the , I think 23, 23 clauses for war even mentioned WMD’s.
    And as far as WMD’s, well no actual weapons were found but they did find 500 tons of yellow cake uranium, loads of sarin amd mustard gas. The intelligence to continue there programs of nuclear bio and chemical weapons.
    We should have went back to Iraq in 93.

    Hillary is trying to imply if she was Pres. we would not have been there and yet she voted for it !!!
    On Dec. 14, 2011 Obama declared “We’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant IRAQ.” The surged worked in other words. Then he pulled ALL troops and lost that war and the “good” war in Afganistan. Yesterday Ramadi was recaptured and we paid a huge price to set those people free, now thousands are fleeing for their lives.


    Had the United States under the mismanagement and misleadership of a Republican White House and Republican CONGRESS not been so dead-set for war – any war – there’d be NO instability in the M.E., no al Qaeda streaming into a war-torn Iraq, and NO ISIS, which was born of, again, Republican mismanagement and hunger for perpetual war by sending Sunni military away with their weapons.


  17. You posted that the other day, it was very good.

    “Yes, more than 100 Democrats voted to authorize him to take the nation to war. Most of them, though, like their Republican colleagues, did so in the legitimate belief that the president and his administration were truthful in their statements that Saddam Hussein was a gathering menace — that if Hussein was not disarmed, the smoking gun would become a mushroom cloud.”
    “From my advantaged position, I had earlier concluded that a war with Iraq would be a distraction from the successful and expeditious completion of our aims in Afghanistan. Now I had come to question whether the White House was telling the truth — or even had an interest in knowing the truth.

    On Oct. 11, I voted no on the resolution to give the president authority to go to war against Iraq. I was able to apply caveat emptor. Most of my colleagues could not.”


  18. I wish to know the general hawk/dove status of the “usual gang’ on this site.

    Was the Vietnam War a mistake? How about the Korean War? WWII? WWI? Civil War? Has there EVER been a war that you can justify as moral or necessary or patriotic?

    I’m very curious as to the general feelings Politicus folks have about war. If you can avoid attacking me while answering that would be a welcome plus.

  19. No the fu#k she did not say that dumbass.
    “I know that there have been a lot of questions about Iraq posted to candidates over the last week. I’ve made it very clear that I made a mistake, plain and simple,” the Democratic former Secretary of State said.

    Clinton added, “And I have written about it in my book, I’ve talked about it in the past, and what we now see is a very different and very dangerous situation. The United States is doing what it can, but ultimately this has to be a struggle that the Iraqi government and the Iraqi people are determined to win for themselves.”
    You are too dumb to even comprehend that simple statement

  20. Um, billyboneHEAD, the Iraq war was sold to the American people on the LIE that Saddam Hussein was behind the 9/11 attacks.

    When the American people weren’t buying it any longer, the pro-war-for-profit American media and MIC slowly propagandized that it was actually about Hussein having WMD, which, again, was a big fat LIE.

    When Republicans LIE, people always DIE.


  21. Another homework assignment.

    Sites we get our political news?

    What do we think about this and that.

    Trial balloons. Do not answer.

  22. Vietnam War? yes it was a mistake, that the French Started and we got to not clean up.
    Korean? Since it’s still going on, technically…
    WW2- No not a mistake, on our side.
    WW1- No not a mistake, on our side.
    Civil War, an avoidable one, but no few folks wanted it.

    War is Hell. It should be used as a last resort, but all too often those who demand it- aren’t the ones that will be bleeding because of it. Such as the 47 Traitors who want war with Iran.

    But I’m inclined to accept the fact that there is a Military-Industrial Complex dedicated to making war.

    Necessary? War of the Sexes.

    Now, it’d be nice if you too could avoid attacking others.

  23. On Dec. 14, 2011 Obama declared “We’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant IRAQ.” The surged worked in other words. Then he pulled ALL troops and lost that war and the “good” war in Afganistan. Yesterday Ramadi was recaptured and we paid a huge price to set those people free, now thousands are fleeing for their lives.
    I know your dumbass only watches fox but ISIS is the creation of bush and his policies of debathifcation
    Meaning when they fired the Sunni army they is what became of ISIS
    Did George W. Bush Create ISIS?
    Here is what happened: In 2003, the U.S. military, on orders of President Bush, invaded Iraq, and nineteen days later threw out Saddam’s government. A few days after that, President Bush or someone in his Administration decreed the dissolution of the Iraqi Army. This decision didn’t throw “thirty thousand individuals” out of a job, as Ziedrich said—the number was closer to ten times that. Overnight, at least two hundred and fifty thousand Iraqi men—armed, angry, and with military training—were suddenly humiliated and out of work.

    The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State

  24. ICH
    Why is it Hillary, Bill, and especially Obama can NEVER accept responsibility for their actions ! NEVER !!!!
    That is why the GOP will take back the WH too. The country has seen through Liberalism. If you think Hillary, Bernie and Elizabeth are going to get the keys to the WH you are wrong !!!!!

  25. Good post. Thanks. I fail occasionally but I almost never attack on a personal level when writing here. The problem is, people take my political views personally and feel attacked.

  26. If anybody watches these two vids of Hillary they would have no doubt she was tormented and they would have no doubt she was doing what they thought was the best decision for preventing war.

    on part 2, the part that breaks my heart, is 4:50 – 5:50

    The senators who voted to allow AUMF have to live with it. Of course she knows they all made a mistake to trust Bush.

    She says on video, right there, she is giving her trust to the President to not go to war unless it is a very last resort.

  27. Moongrim: There may be something to what you say about a military industrial complex. To keep people employed making guns and bullets you need to find a way to use up guns and bullets. Otherwise, without a war, all the war factories shut down. That’s what happened in WWII. We suddenly got attacked, HAD to go to war, and we weren’t prepared. Very few people know how close we came to losing that one.

  28. And if you can watch the whole 18 minutes and get to the end of part 2 and still don’t think that this woman was acting in full intention of it not needing to end in war and in it being a way to empower our inspections UN and allies, as well as answering the clear call of NY that she represented, I don’t know what to say anymore.

    I can’t watch it without tears.

    This is the most maligned and misunderstood person in politics.

    And she is going to make a hell of a POTUS.

  29. Jeez, Rin relax! I ask stuff because I want to know what you think. I want to understand where you’re coming from. You people don’t think like me; I want to understand that. I know I said I don’t want to attack people personally, but this reminds me of the old Lost in Space TV show. Where the robot waves his little accordion arms in the breeze and yells: ” WARNING! DANGER WILL ROBINSON! DANGER!”

  30. We are getting all this revisionist history about this debacle from all sides because all sides are guilty. From both political parties though the main blame lies with the neo-cons and the media. The so call media is just as guilty because even I knew back then it was a bunch of lies using plain logic
    1. Iraq was under sanctions
    2. Iraq was surrounded by enemies on all sides
    3. The UN led by Scott Ritter an American declared they were WMD free BACK IN 1994?
    4.PNAC. That is all
    5. Paul O’Neil
    Bush decided to remove Saddam ‘on day one’

    Former aide says US president made up his mind to go to war with Iraq long before 9/11, then ordered his staff to find an excuse http://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/jan/12/usa.books
    6. The lies about the aluminum tubes, yellow cake, mobile labs
    7. Ahmad Chalabi. They said the Iraqis will follow him in overthrowing Saddam nevermind he didn’t live in the country for over 30 years

    No one gets a pass on this because even Ray Charles could see this was a bunch of bullshit

  31. The bill for your crack addiction must be astronomical. Do everyone a favor and pawn your moms laptop next.

  32. Do you ever read history? While its true that the military wasn’t ready the same cannot be said about our industries. You ever heard of lend lease? It was the lend lease programs to the British and Soviet Union Before the US was involved got things started. Churchill (British prime minister) asked the US, well if your not going to fight at least get us supplies otherwise the Germans will win. So the US started producing planes, transport ships, tanks and other war equipment way before Pearl Harbor, to help supply the British and Soviets. and knowing sooner than later they would be directly involved they started production on a scale never seen before and probably never again.

  33. ICH what was know at the time is in those two vids I posted. She says something like “we know Saddam was not behind 9/11” – some of it was cleared up but there were still many unclear ideas on both sides.

    I knew it was BS in my bones. I was horrified they were trusting Bush. She made a mistake. But I also have no doubt she thought it was the right thing and made a valid case based on people being trustworthy. THE PSYCHO BUSH was not trustworthy.

    He lied, many died. PERIOD.

    How Republicans can discuss this with mocking here is a good indication they STILL have not learned.

    This is a solemn subject, not a joke.

  34. I know we won’t get an answer from you on this, but, what is your definition of liberalism and just how has the country seen through it? Also, of all the clowns on the right that have announced that they are running or are still thinking about running, who do you think would win on the GOP/Teabagger side? I’ll help you with that one: the answer is none of them!!

  35. Your cut and paste job on Carly Fiorina’s statement with the name J. Warren accidentally included, was conclusive.

    You are a paid troll or you do it for your party for free because you are one of those fake christian fake patriot racist narrow minded bigots who want to tell women what to do in politics because they don’t date you in real life.

  36. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_and_weapons_of_mass_destruction

    Oh and for your information yes, 4/66 armour 3rd infantry attached to the 3rd armour. I was on an M1 abrams fighting on the front lines. Where were you?

    As far as getting on your nerves, oh well. im not here for you to like my opinion. If you would like to debate a topic with out name calling and be civil, im all for that. I have had my opinion changed, I am open to different opinions. Just bring it as an adult.

  37. Stay true bb. The libs here will try to change the narrative. Don’t look at the shiny object while they convince themselves they are right. Liberalism will soon die !
    Bush had UN backing and Congressional Approval for War in IRAQ. Many have forgotten 9/11. True Patriots will NEVER forget !!

  38. Well seeing I was out in 85 I wasn’t there .
    Your first link from wiki was disproven.
    Your second link and I quote According to the story, about “5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs” were found scattered across Iraqi soil. Scattered around the desert does not equate to Iraq having a viable weapons program and BTW who provided the Iraqis with the knowledge to produse the old weapons that was left over from the Iran Iraq war?
    Hot air? Give me a fuking break. They still trying to prove Vince Foster was murdered
    The link from NBC has bullshit written all over it. The yellowcake issue also is one of the many troubling footnotes of the war for Washington.

    A CIA officer, Valerie Plame, claimed her identity was leaked to journalists to retaliate against her husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, who wrote that he had found no evidence to support assertions that Iraq tried to buy additional yellowcake from Niger.
    The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject. Yeah right
    And your last link and I quote: The news report went on to say that the yellowcake “had been stored in aging drums and containers since before the 1991 Gulf War. There was no evidence of any yellowcake dating from after 1991.” Sounds like more bullshit like they are trying to cover their ass for the lies they told and I wonder why all these stories originated in 2008 and being me keeping up with events they were not shouted from high heaven to vindicate the war criminal. Methinks they were planted stories and was treated as such

  39. America’s Success has been the balance between Left & Right.

    Our current RightWing are going off the cliff!

    We’ll never soar again…
    without Two Strong Political Parties!

  40. It was true about the yellowcake. A couple of Iraqis went into a 7-11 in Niger and bought Hostess Twinkies.

    And now I will shut up, before this kind of Dirty Talk drives me to hunger, Hell, and Duncan Hines.

  41. Hillary didn’t “vote for the war”. Hillary’s vote was to give president bush the authority to make the decision to go to war. That’s a big difference, and thus it will always be “bush’s war” despite republican attempts to spread the blame.

  42. And now we’ve gone the opposite direction. A projected cost of 1.5 Trillion dollars for a fighter plane, that hasn’t worked, and isn’t projected to work- ever.

    In fact it even managed to kill a pilot by cutting off his oxygen.

    And I’d say that no few folks seem to feel that their views are being attacked by Politicus, thus ‘necessitating’ their going on the offensive, and engaging in hyperbole.

  43. DJ who is this guy calling himself Rin

    who says at the bottom of his post this?
    “On Oct 11, I voted no on the resolution to give the president authority to go to war against Iraq. I was able to apply a caveat emptor. Most of my colleagues could not”
    Sounds as tho- he was or is an elected Rep or Senator?

  44. wow!! Robert, a RIGHTY admitting a FAIL? Better turn in your card to rethug party.
    Can we, from the opposing point of view, consider we do sometime, get through the heavy thick fog of the rethug mind? “

  45. Ok, let me clear up a few things.

    DJ posted a comment about Graham here and he also did so the other day and he provided a link to Graham’s quotes then.

    I liked the article, and quoted Graham from his article, and linked to it again.

    Those quotes are all from Graham, he says he understands the votes but he voted no.

    I am not a guy last I looked. ;-)

  46. gsb, no that isn’t what it was. See my explanation above. It was not me or Hillary. I was quoting Graham.

    He said that, not me or Hill.

  47. Oh and…. if you are implying, my support for Hillary is something inferior, then think again.

    I am pretty sure I am in the midst of people who called us “low-information voters” but that was not true then, and it is not true now. And it wasn’t true when she ran for Senate in NY twice either.

  48. A number of sad simple facts that republicans refuse to acknowledge even exist:

    1) Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.
    2) 15 of the 19 9/11 attackers were Saudi.
    3) The Bu$h administration allowed the Saudi Family to fly home after 9/11 when everyone else was grounded.
    4) Someone made big $$$ betting Airline futures would take a tumble. No investigation was made.
    5) Attorney General Ashcroft stops flying commercial air carriers days before 9/11.
    Add these to the facts that DJfrechon also reports.

    And the inevitable conclusion: Republicans are America’s Worst Enemies.

  49. Thanks. It is what it is. It might not be what some like. It is what some, many, have waited for. Some of us for a very long time.

    And that she is a woman is not the reason.

    That said, it sure as hell is about time.

    And she had to prove it, over and above all those men who have all come before her.

    If it was a Bachmann, Palin, Fiorina, or other quite nuts “token” female they would not get votes for their gender. That’s a fact.

    How many times about Hillary did I hear “I would vote for a woman but not that woman.

    Or in 07 while knocking on doors “honey, thanks for dropping by but I wouldn’t vote for a woman, they just don’t have what it takes to run things” and that type remark.

    *reminder, stock up on tums and alcohol*

  50. Then again Rand Paul has said a lot of things only to backtrack later. Another clown among the cavalcade of clowns. And no ranbo will not legalize your weed.

  51. This would be the self-same “Doctor” Rand Paul who was certified by a board that he himself organized?

  52. rather then changing the topic as the cult of personality types must do to protect their hero
    the point stands that the articles title is false
    and Rand Paul is the republican candidate who proves that their are candidates who say it was and will continue to be a bad Idea.

    and if we are into changing the subject what about Libya ? another Hillary/Obama fiasco

  53. O.K.your NOT a male, better yet,Go for it girl…My mistake in assuming this was written by a male. Old women with older yet, long standing ideas? Sorry Rin.

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