Edwards, Hillary and Iraq War lessons

October 11, 2007 at 4:48 pm 1 comment

How hard it must be to support legislation that steadily seems unpalatable.  That’s the case for John Edwards, former Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 2004 and current presidential candidate. Edwards has been trying to absolve his sin of voting for the Bush Iraq Senate bill in 2002 as his party and his country turn against the Iraq War.

One of Edwards’ rivals for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton, was in the Senate with him in 2002 and also voted for Bush’s Iraq bill. Hillary remains on Capitol Hill and holds more hawkish views than Edwards, who is reminding voters about her refusal to abandon such militaristic stances — as evidenced by her vote to call the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.

“Evidently, Senator Clinton and I learned two very different lessons from the Iraq war,” Edwards said on Wednesday. “I learned that if you give President Bush even an inch of authority, he will use it to sanction a war… While Senator Clinton tries to argue both sides of the issue, the truth is her vote opens the door for the president to attack Iran.”

Thursday marked the fifth anniversary of the Congressional decision to empower Bush to attack Iraq. The war he started shows no sign of ending, and now he wants this country to involve itself in another one. Edwards’ stance in 2002 seems less important than the public service he is providing now.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Sandra  |  October 12, 2007 at 1:43 am

    I think Edwards would be better of if he left his rivals alone. Living in the past is not very profitable. He needs to focus on the future and on his plans for his fellow Americans.

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