March 4, 2008

IT'S NOT LIKE HE WAS THERE:

At War with History (Debra Saunders, 3/04/08, Real Clear Politics)

"Now, I have to say, when it came to making the most important foreign policy decision of our generation, the decision to invade Iraq, Sen. Clinton got it wrong," Barack Obama said Sunday in response to a Clinton campaign ad that suggests only Hillary Clinton would be ready to answer a late-night emergency phone call to the White House. "She didn't read the National Intelligence Estimate. Jay Rockefeller (the present Senate Intelligence Committee chairman who endorsed Obama) read it, but she didn't read it.

"I don't know what all that experience got her, because I have enough experience to know that if you have a National Intelligence Estimate and the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee says, 'You should read this, this is why I'm voting against the war,' that you should probably read it. I don't know how much experience you need for that."

Obama is correct that Clinton failed to read the 90-page NIE report before voting to authorize the use of U.S. military force in Iraq in October 2002. But if you watched that clip, you likely would think that Rockefeller read the NIE, then, as a consequence, voted against the war. Wrong. The West Virginia Democrat read the NIE, then voted for the war.


Mr. Obama was still just a state legislator focussed on things like making it possible to commit infanticide in Illinois.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 4, 2008 8:11 AM
Comments

Aligning with Jay Rockefeller (even in error) is a big mistake on Obama's part. Aligning with Bob Graham (who actually was chair of the committee in 2002) is another. But, Obama hasn't hesitated to hide behind Zbig and other discredited Dems from past graveyards, now has he?

There are some things that can't be spun. Most hard-left Dems cannot spin away their hatred for the military and for current American foreign policy. McGovern couldn't. Carter couldn't. The San Francisco Democrats couldn't. Dukakis couldn't. Even Bill Clinton couldn't, although in his elections, it didn't matter as much. Gore couldn't, and neither could John F. Kerry. Why should Barack be any different?

And why his advisors allow him to continue to fight on Iraqi territory is a mystery. For every vote he might gain vs. Hillary, he probably loses three against McCain.

Posted by: ratbert at March 4, 2008 8:58 AM
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