WAR MACHINE CANDIDATE CRANKY CLINTON IS DO FOR A MAKE OVER.
AND HELPING HER OUT?
THE VERY STYLISH MAD MADDIE ALBRIGHT.
CRANKY TOLD US HER ONLY CONCERN WAS "THE HAIR. I MEAN MAD MADDIE THINKS SHOWING LOTS OF SCALP IS SEXY BUT TO ME IT JUST LOOKS GROSS, TACKY AND OLD. AND CRANKY CLINTON IS NEVER GROSS, TACKY AND OLD. I ALSO REFUSE TO WEAR MU-MUS. I TOLD HER, 'NO MU-MUS, MAD MADDIE! OR GRANDMA PANTIES!' AND SHE TOLD ME THAT GRANNY PANTIES ARE ACTUALLY ROOMY AND LIBERATING."
THE MAKE OVER COMES AS CRANKY IS SAID TO BE LOSING FURTHER GROUND TO RIVAL BERNIE SANDERS.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
The Iraq War never ends.
And those responsible for starting it may try to escape responsibility but it's not that easy.
Senator Bernie Sanders, in 2002, voted against the Iraq War. He's running for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination and so is Hillary Clinton.
Today, Bernie Tweeted:
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Experience is important, but so is judgment. And back in 2002 one of us voted the right way on the Iraq War. The other didn't.
The ridiculous -- always ridiculous -- Fred Kaplan (SLATE) tries to rewrite history:
In response, Clinton acknowledged, as she has on previous occasions, that she’d made a mistake. But she also offered an explanation for her vote, something she has rarely done in the past. President Bush, she told the audience, had made a “very explicit appeal” that “getting this vote would be a strong piece of leverage in order to finish the inspections.” In other words, a resolution to use force would prod Saddam Hussein into readmitting U.N. inspectors, so they could continue their mission of verifying whether or not he had destroyed his chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons sites. In other words, Clinton was now claiming she voted the way she did in the interests of diplomacy; the problem was that Bush went back on his word—he invaded before giving the inspectors enough time.
Listening to her rationale Wednesday night, I didn’t know whether she was telling the truth. I had written many Slate columns about the Iraq debate and the ensuing war, but I couldn’t remember the details of then-Sen. Clinton’s position. Looking up those details now, I have come to a conclusion about the rationale she recited at the New Hampshire town hall: Hillary was telling the truth.
Poor Fred Kaplan, nothing sadder to see than an old and aging whore.
Reality on this was noted last week. Last week. By Stephen Zunes:
“Hillary Clinton’s vote wasn’t for war, but simply to pressure Saddam Hussein to allow UN weapons inspectors back into Iraq.”
At the time of vote, Saddam Hussein had already agreed in principle to a return of the weapons inspectors. His government was negotiating with the United Nations Monitoring and Verification Commission on the details, which were formally institutionalized a few weeks later. (Indeed, it would have been resolved earlier had the United States not repeatedly postponed a UN Security Council resolution in the hopes of inserting language that would have allowed Washington to unilaterally interpret the level of compliance.)
Furthermore, if then-Senator Clinton’s desire was simply to push Saddam into complying with the inspection process, she wouldn’t have voted against the substitute Levin amendment, which would have also granted President Bush authority to use force, but only if Iraq defied subsequent UN demands regarding the inspections process. Instead, Clinton voted for a Republican-sponsored resolution to give Bush the authority to invade Iraq at the time and circumstances of his own choosing.
In fact, unfettered large-scale weapons inspections had been going on in Iraq for nearly four months at the time the Bush administration launched the March 2003 invasion. Despite the UN weapons inspectors having not found any evidence of WMDs or active WMD programs after months of searching, Clinton made clear that the United States should invade Iraq anyway. Indeed, she asserted that even though Saddam was in full compliance with the UN Security Council, he nevertheless needed to resign as president, leave the country, and allow U.S. troops to occupy the country. “The president gave Saddam Hussein one last chance to avoid war,” Clinton said in a statement, “and the world hopes that Saddam Hussein will finally hear this ultimatum, understand the severity of those words, and act accordingly.”
When Saddam refused to resign and the Bush administration launched the invasion, Clinton went on record calling for “unequivocal support” for Bush’s “firm leadership and decisive action” as “part of the ongoing Global War on Terrorism.” She insisted that Iraq was somehow still “in material breach of the relevant United Nations resolutions” and, despite the fact that weapons inspectors had produced evidence to the contrary, claimed the invasion was necessary to “neutralize Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.”
Someone needs to ask Fred Kaplan if it hurts to be so damn stupid?
If you're not getting how stupid he is, the Institute for Public Accuracy issued this press release today:
STEPHEN ZUNES, zunes at usfca.edu, @SZunes
Zunes is a professor of politics & coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco. He recently wrote the piece “The Five Lamest Excuses for Hillary Clinton’s Vote to Invade Iraq.” Zunes is currently in Philadelphia and will be in New York City on Friday.
Zunes said today: “Hillary Clinton did not vote to authorize the Iraq war in order to bring UN inspectors back in, as she claimed in last night’s [CNN] “Town Hall” meeting. She voted against the Levin Amendment, which would have authorized the use of force if Iraq refused to fully cooperate with UN inspectors. Instead, she voted for the Republican-sponsored resolution which gave President Bush the authority to invade and occupy Iraq at the time and circumstances of his own choosing. Hans Blix did not support the latter resolution, as she also claimed. Nor did Sen. Clinton object when Bush launched the invasion anyway five months later despite Iraq having been fully cooperating with the returning inspectors during that period.”
Clinton stated in her address on her Iraq war authorization vote on the Senate floor on Oct. 10, 2002: “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 capability to wage biological and chemical warfare and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well, affects American security.” See video.
Just last week, Hans Blix had an interview with Al Jazeera’s “UpFront” program in which he talked about the U.S. invasion altering the security landscape of the Mideast, see: “The former UN weapons inspector says ‘it is doubtful’ ISIL would exist if it were not for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.”
As for Hillary? Take the shame, Hillary, take the shame.
John Wagner (WASHINGTON POST) reports on remarks Bernie made today:
“Sometimes it’s easy to apologize for a bad vote 15 or 20 years later when the tide has changed,” Sanders said at a rally here. “It is a lot harder to stand up … and cast the right vote. That’s what leadership is about, not having to apologize for standing up and fighting for what’s right.”
Tonight, Hillary and Bernie faced off in a debate.
As usual, after each break, Hillary looked better.
Let's be clear, she's overweight and she has jowls.
That's not what I'm talking about.
I'm talking about the reason she was late from the bathroom the first time.
She's having make up applied throughout the debate.
She can smear all the crap on her face she wants and she'll still be ugly.
Just like she can trot out every lie and distraction and she'll still be guilty of supporting the Iraq War.
By the time Iraq came up, Hillary looked like -- at best -- a painted clown.
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