During a campaign swing for his wife, former President Bill Clinton said flatly yesterday that he opposed the war in Iraq â€œfrom the beginningâ€ â€” a statement that is more absolute than his comments before the invasion in March 2003.
Before the invasion, Mr. Clinton did not precisely declare that he opposed the war. A week before military action began, however, he did say that he preferred to give weapons inspections more time and that an invasion was not necessary to topple Saddam Hussein.
At the same time, he also spoke supportively about the 2002 Senate resolution that authorized military action against Iraq.
Advisers to Mr. Clinton said yesterday that he did oppose the war, but that it would have been inappropriate at the time for him, a former president, to oppose â€” in a direct, full-throated manner â€” the sitting presidentâ€™s military decision.
More Bill Clinton spin for Hillary – to provide her political cover?
Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton are in a tight race to win the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3, and Mr. Clinton made his remark in Iowa. One rival Democratic campaign circulated Mr. Clintonâ€™s remark to reporters and, without speaking for attribution, accused him of fuzzing the historical record to make the Clintons appear more antiwar than they actually were at the time.
Mrs. Clinton voted in favor of a Senate resolution authorizing military action against Iraq in 2002. She has said she was misled by Mr. Bush.
This is a MAJOR problem with the Clinton’s: A voter can NEVER determine where they stand on an issue because they change with the wind.
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