Kudos to ABC's Tapper: Shows Hillary Clinton's Flip-Flop on Iraq
Tapper also recounted an incendiary comment from Senator Barack Obama, a remark not mentioned on Monday's CBS Evening News or NBC Nightly News:
"Obama, new to presidential politics, stumbled, saying troops killed in Iraq died in vain."Tapper's February 11 World News story looked at how Clinton and Obama are handling the Iraq war issue and attacks on their positions. After a clip of anti-war protesters interrupting Obama at a Chicago speech, Tapper pointed out Clinton's contradiction:
Obama, at an event in Ames, Iowa: "Over three thousand lives of the bravest young Americans wasted."
Tapper: "He later expressed regret for that remark."
Tapper: "Senator Hillary Clinton, too, faced tough questions about Iraq during her first campaign visit to New Hampshire. After all, a month before her vote on the Iraq War, she said this:"
Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), on the September 15, 2002 Meet the Press: "I can support the President. I can support an action against Saddam Hussein because I think it's in the long-term interests of our national security."
Tapper: "Now, she says this:"
Clinton in Berlin, New Hampshire on Saturday: "I gave him authority to send inspectors back in to determine the truth, and I said this is not a vote to authorize preemptive war."
Man in audience: "I want to know if right here, right now, you can say that that war authorization vote was a mistake?"
Clinton: "I have taken responsibility for my vote. The mistakes were made by this President.”