January 13, 2008

Hilzoy's Case Against Hillary Clinton

Hilzoy raises two primary reasons she opposes Sen. Clinton. The second has to do with the tone of politics, and her argument on that merits being read in full. A thumbnail sketch of it would be incomplete. But her first argument is, to me, persuasive on its own.

Whether she voted as she did because she thought it was right or because she thought that George W. Bush was trustworthy enough that Congress could authorize him to go to war confident in the knowledge that he would not abuse that power, that vote, the most important she cast as a Senator, was disastrously wrong. Moreover, she didn't just vote for the Iraq War Resolution; she voted against the Levin Amendment, which would have required Bush to go back to the UN for authorization to use military force. And she cast this vote without having bothered to read the relevant National Intelligence Estimate. Which is to say: she took the decision whether or not to go to war - to invade another country, and to put both Iraqi citizens and members of our military in harm's way - without bothering to do her homework first.

I find it remarkable that Sen. Clinton has 1) lasted this long in the campaign without these matters being brought more fully to light for the American people, and 2) dares raise the Iraq issue in regards to Sen. Obama given her own grevious record, failing the American people by not doing her homework before voting to give George Bush unchecked powers to prosecute an amazingly costly war of choice. I find it most perplexing that Sen. Obama's camp is not running an ad on this as we speak. If she's going to impugn his record on Iraq hers is fair game - and her record on it is horrible.

UPDATE: Per Binky's comment, you can find the Obama memo here.

Posted by armand at January 13, 2008 08:28 PM | TrackBack | Posted to Politics


Because his camp is too busy trying to make hay out of twisting Hilary's comments about MLK and Johnson.

Posted by: binky at January 13, 2008 08:43 PM | PERMALINK

Is that the Obama camp doing that, or Tim Russert and the New York Times? :)

But really, that's just a weekend's worth of sparring. Not reading the NIE, voting for the war and against the Levin Amndt. - those are things people could understand on the biggest issue of the millenium that hit Clinton at the foundation of her argument, that's she's the one who's experienced and sound and can be entrusted with the office from day 1. I think that could have a resounding impact on the core of her candidacy. And since she's trying to engage Iraq it seems to me she's created room for such an ad.

Posted by: Armand at January 13, 2008 09:52 PM | PERMALINK

According to NPR, the Obama campaign has created and is distributing talking points on it.

Posted by: binky at January 13, 2008 09:56 PM | PERMALINK
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