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Hillary: GOP Playing Politics With Iraq War

Hillary redefines shameless.

From the New York Post:


By IAN BISHOP Post Correspondent

June 22, 2006 — WASHINGTON – Republicans are a "disgrace" for playing politics with the war in Iraq, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton charged yesterday as she moved to turn the spotlight away from Democratic infighting over when to withdraw U.S. troops.

"They choose to tar all who disagree with an open-ended, unconditional commitment as unpatriotic, as waving the white flag of surrender. They may not have a war strategy, but they do have an election strategy," Clinton charged on the Senate floor.

"The politically motivated resolutions put forth by leading Republicans to gain tactical partisan advantage are a disgrace," she fumed.

"My friends on the other side of the aisle believe that the status quo is working in Iraq. They do not believe we need a fundamental change in policy. They choose to continue blindly following the president."

But it’s the Democrats who sparked a new round of politically charged Iraq debates with a pair of dueling troop-pullout plans that has split the party and pitted Clinton against likely 2008 Democratic White House Senate rivals John Kerry of Massachusetts and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin.

Kerry and Feingold are wooing the party’s liberal base with an amendment tacked on to the Defense Department budget that mandates U.S. troops pull out of Iraq by July 1, 2007.

Clinton – closely watched as she tries to navigate between the center and the left of the party – backs a weaker, nonbinding resolution supported by Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). and other party chiefs.

It calls for an unspecified number of troops to leave Iraq by the end of this year, but sets no other timetable and leaves the rest of the game plan to President Bush.

Republicans, eager to exploit the Democratic divide, have blasted Kerry’s plan as a "cut and run" strategy, and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told the Fox News Channel the Clinton plan amounts to "cut and jog."

But Clinton insisted the "only way the new Iraqi government can gain credibility is by proving they can handle an increasing share of the security of the country with fewer, not more, U.S. troops."

Meanwhile, from terrorist enabling Reuters:

Senate defeats Democrats’ Iraq withdrawal plans

Thu Jun 22, 2006 12:14 PM ET

By Vicki Allen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led Senate on Thursday rejected Democratic plans to start the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq as senators cast votes expected to resonate in November elections to determine control of Congress.

Republicans, embracing President George W. Bush’s policies in the war that has caused his approval ratings to plummet, defeated two Democratic amendments to start the withdrawal of U.S. forces.

A nonbinding resolution broadly backed by Democrats that urged Bush to start withdrawing troops this year but without setting a deadline for completion failed 60-39. Six Democrats and one Republican crossed party lines on the vote.

Another amendment to put into law a plan to start withdrawing combat forces immediately and complete the process by next July failed 86-13.

In politically charged debate, Republicans cast Iraq as central to the war on terrorism and branded Democrats as divided and weak on the issue.

Democrats said the United States was squandering the lives of U.S. soldiers and hundreds of billions of dollars on Bush’s failing policies.

“Withdrawal is not an option, surrender is not a solution,” said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican. “This senator does not want to be complicit in that decision that could reverse the success we have achieved since 9-11 in keeping terrorism off our shores.”

But Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said the Senate’s choice was “between doing nothing, the so-called stay the course option that the president and his supporters advocate, or changing the course and providing our troops and the Iraqi people a way forward.”

Republicans and Democrats accused each other of political posturing on the Iraq issue, expected to be key in the November midterm congressional elections.

But introducing “non-binding” resolutions so you can tell your peacenik constituents you voted against the war — that isn’t playing politics.

As for "Bush’s failing policies":

"Every nation has to either be with us, or against us. Those who harbor terrorists, or who finance them, are going to pay a price." — Senator Hillary Clinton, September 13, 2001

"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members… It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." — Senator Hillary Clinton, October 10, 2002

They are Ms Rodham’s policies, too. Or at least they were until she saw the latest polls.

But God knows Hillary would never play politics about such an important matter.

That would be disgraceful.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 22nd, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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