Monday, February 26, 2007

Hillary and the War

Headline by Robert Sheer from
In light of her hawkish posturing and consistent support of the war for all
the wrong reasons, the best advice on Hillary’s campaign comes from the
candidate herself: If you’re against the war, vote for someone else.
Read Scheer's account of Hillary’s hawkish attitude in Hillary’s Calculations Add Up to War at Truthdig.
Amy Goodman also takes issue with Hillary’s double talk regarding the war writing, Her tough talk to antiwar voters is reminiscent of President Bush’s taunt to the Iraqi insurgents: “Bring them on.”

Frank Rich warns us in his New York Times column on Sunday, Where Were You That Summer of 2001?, claiming the war in Iraq is taking our attention away from the more serious and real threat in Afghanistan and Pakistan where the Taliban and Al Qaeda are thriving once again. Rich writes that intelligence officials are leaking disturbing information of a possible attack on U.S. soil.

It is precisely by pouring still more of our finite military and intelligence
resources down the drain in Iraq that we are tragically ignoring the lessons of
9/11. Instead of showing resolve, as Mr. Bush supposes, his botch of the Iraq
war has revealed American weakness. Our catastrophic occupation spawned
terrorists in a country where they didn’t used to be, and to pretend that Iraq
is now their central front only adds to the disaster. As Mr. Scheuer, the former
C.I.A. official, reiterated last week: “Al Qaeda is in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
If you want to address the threat to America, that’s where it is.” It’s typical
of Mr. Bush’s self-righteousness, however, that he would rather punt on that
threat than own up to a mistake.

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