Monday, April 16, 2007

Believe or Really Believe, that’s Hillary Clinton’s question.

Senator Hillary Clinton seems to be trying to have it both ways on the intelligence over Iraq’s possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction. She voted to approve the Bush administrations use of force in Iraq, but now, in the face of anti-war opposition, she doesn’t seem to know what she knew and when she knew it.

"The consensus was the same, from the Clinton administration to the
Bush administration," she said. "It was the same intelligence belief that our
allies and friends around the world shared. But I think that in the case of the
[Bush] administration, they really believed it"
Hillary Clinton

Wait a minute, is Senator Clinton saying no one except the Bush administration really believed the intelligence? If her husband didn’t believe it, why did he pass it along to the Bush administration? She says our allies believed it. Were they conned? This is really getting into Newspeak, ‘we believed it, but Bush really ‘believed it’ as if there was differences in the intelligence garnered by three administrations, the U.N. and the spooks from all the major countries. Does "Really believed it" trump "believed it"?

All Clinton’s bobbing, weaving and prevaricating is because she is not sufficiently anti-war for the left wing-nuts of her party. She voted to authorize military action. That is heresy among her supporters, so they are looking for someone, pure as the new driven snow, on the war, to support. Barack Obama seems to fit the bill. He wasn’t in the Senate when the vote was taken, so unlike Hillary, he has no official record. He can say he would have voted against the resolution, and that warms the cockles of the left’s heart.

Clinton has an awesome political machine, but her failure to strictly adhere to the dictum of the "Move on" types has left her vulnerable. Many of here biggest supporters, like rats leaving a sinking ship, have been moving towards Obama. When the dust settles the Democratic Candidate may have suffered so many injuries, during the primaries, they will be too damaged to face the Republican in the General Election. With the exception of Bill Clinton, that has been the modus operandi of Democrats since George McGovern.

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