Saturday, February 17, 2007

Clinton says she won't apologize

I happen to think she's right. Why should she apologize for having voted based on intelligence and representations made by Bush? Bush is responsible for the Iraq war, not Hillary. Bush made the mistake. If she had been President, or Gore, or any right-thinking individual with an ability to sort through intelligence and make a reasonable decision, there likely would have been no Iraq war. That is the point.
Yet antiwar anger has festered, and yesterday morning Mrs. Clinton rolled out a new response to those demanding contrition: She said she was willing to lose support from voters rather than make an apology she did not believe in.

“If the most important thing to any of you is choosing someone who did not cast that vote or has said his vote was a mistake, then there are others to choose from,” Mrs. Clinton told an audience in Dover, N.H., in a veiled reference to two rivals for the nomination, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois and former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina.
Hillary apologizing for her vote is just so irrelevant right now. All the apology seeking crowd wants is another scalp, some kind of groupthink retribution or punishment for having believed Bush. No one knew at the time the depths of deception and manipulation being perpetrated on the world by Bush and Cheney, in particular. The facts are now coming out. To say Hillary should have seen through this at the time is hindsight wishful thinking. Yes, it would have been nice had she voted against it, but she had her reasons and if they're not good enough, don't vote for her.

The question is how to get out of this quagmire without doing further damage to the Middle East.