If there is anything this country and the world needs right now, it's leaders who will stop lying to us. And clearly, Hillary Clinton is not one of them.
Last week, Keith Olberman intervieweed Senator Clinton as part of his coverage of the State of the Union address. In the second half of the interview, aired on Wednesday January 24th, Clinton says,
Obviously, we have new challenges. It‘s the 21st century.
But to squander the budget deficit, to squander the good will of the
world after 9/11, to launch a preemptive war, which I said at the time
I was against, all that has just caused us so many difficult challenges.
Is that how the the reconstruction of Hillary Clinton is starting? Did she really say "I said at the time I was against..." Bush's war in Iraq??
I'm a fairly big Kieth Olberman fan -- love his "Special Comments," -- but was disappointed that he failed to ask the obvious follow up question: "Why then, Senator Clinton, did you vote for the resolution authorizing force in Iraq, if in fact you were against the use of force?
It would appear that, rather than taking the John Edwards course and saying that her vote was a mistake (not that that's a whole lot better....), she is now trying to somehow convince us that she was actually against the war that she voted for. Who does she think she is, John Kerry?
The irony is, that this came just moments after Olberman asked her,
...having spent eight years in the White House under the conditions in
which you and your husband spent them, that‘s a reason to want to go
back to the White House?
... and when she laughed at the question, the moment seemed sufficiently genuine that I actually heard myself thinking that I might be able to warm up to the woman. But then she had to go and tell a bold-faced lie about her position on the war. I hope Barack was listening.
Compounding this problem for Mrs. Clinton is that the theatrics of her
fledgling campaign are already echoing the content: they are so
overscripted and focus-group bland that they underline rather than
combat the perennial criticism that she is a cautious triangulator too
willing to trim convictions for political gain.
The issue raised by the tragedy of Iraq is not who’s on the left or the right,
but who is in front and who is behind. Mrs. Clinton has always been a follower
of public opinion on the war, not a leader.
I have never voted for a Republican presidential candidate in my life, but Hillary could change all that. The bottom line for me is: I won't vote for Hillary Clinton in the
primaries, and if she's the Democrat's nominee, then the Republicans
would have to nominate Atilla The Hun before I would consider voting
for her in the general election.
Of course, so long as John McCain and Sam Brownback are in the running, I guess the "Atilla" possibility can't be ruled out altogether, either...
In October, we spent two weeks touring Ireland. Here's an old stone bridge we saw on a cloudy day outside of Newport in Country Mayo on the northwest coast, on the road to Achill Island. Click the thumbnail to see the full image.