While Jeb Bush continues to flip flop on his opinion of the war in Iraq and uber conservatives like Ted Cruz want to push us closer and closer to war with Iran, Hillary Clinton is apologizing for her controversial vote on the 2002 resolution to go to war with Iraq, calling is a mistake, While meeting with reporters in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Clinton said:
“I made it very clear that I made a mistake, plain and simple. And I have written about it in my book, I have talked about it in the past…what we now see is a very different and very dangerous situation.”
Continuing on the current developments in the region with ISIL’s influence, Clinton said:
“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. And we can provide support, but they’re going to have to do it.”
Clinton also acknowledged her mistake in her 2014 book, Hard Choices, where she wrote that she got it wrong, saying:
“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.”
Clinton’s vote in 2002 was a major thorn in her side for progressive voters during the 2008 election when she defended her vote as a way to give former president George W. Bush authority.
At least Hillary can admit that she made a major mistake, something that seems to be quite rare in politics. It was a mistake that cost thousands of lives, trillions of dollars, a destabilized region, and an unfavorable view of the United States from around the world. However, we must remember that Clinton was one of 29 Democrats in the Senate and 82 in the House that voted in favor. And we must especially remember that many of these members of Congress voted for the resolution based on lies and faulty intelligence perpetrated by the Bush Administration.
Remember, Vice President Joe Biden voted for the resolution. Harry Reid (D-NV) voted for the resolution. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) voted for it as well. We still hail Biden, Reid, and Feinstein as strong progressive voices yet we seem to point fingers at Clinton. Biden admitted his vote was a mistake, all seemed forgiven and we elected him Vice President. Harry Reid admitted it was a mistake and we hail him as a great Majority Leader. Feinstein claimed she was misled yet she exposed the torture practices that came with the subsequent War on Terror and progressives were ecstatic.
As the election moves forward, think progressives need to forgive. We seemed to have forgiven Biden, Reid and Feinstein, but not Hillary. Bernie Sanders, who was a member of the House at the time, voted no on the resolution.
Image is a screenshot of Clinton’s 2002 speech on the Iraq resolution.