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Which is it, Clinton? Bring the Troops Home by 2009 Or Support Militarism by Leaving Troops in Iraq?

15 March 2007 at 10:41:16 AM

Hillary Clinton said that if she becomes president, she'll bring the troops home in 2009. But she contradicts herself on that, as reported in an entry on HuffPo, from the NY Times.

Michael Gordon and Patrick Healy have an article in today's New York Times based around an interview of Clinton and what she will do in Iraq if elected president. In it Clinton says that she would keep American troops on the ground in Iraq, though shift their mission to remove them from playing a role adjudicating the civil war and refocus on fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq. The crux of Clinton's January 2009 plan is this: "What we can do is to almost take a line sort of north of, between Baghdad and Kirkuk, and basically put our troops into that region -- the ones that are going to remain for our antiterrorism mission; for our northern support mission; for our ability to respond to the Iranians; and to continue to provide support, if called for, for the Iraqis."

Senator Clinton, changing which parts of Iraq we focus our military's attention is not the same as ending the war. It's not even part of the same conversation.

Clinton told Healy and Gordon: "Trying to withdraw is not something you snap your fingers and tell people, do it tomorrow." Maybe, but that's what you said you would do if elected president. You said, "If we in Congress don't end this war before January of 2009, as president I will."

Clinton is not a liberal, progressive Democrat, but her comments show that she supports militarism around the world. Now, she may be doing this to try to talk out of both sides of her mouth, that is, appeal to the war base as a war hawk (or is she taking money from any defense contractors?) while struggling to keep her Democratic base who still see the glow of Bill Clinton on her. But clearly she's a hypocrite.

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