Resentful Hillary Demands W 'Extricate' U.S. from Iraq by End of Term

Largely lost in the MSM's focus on Hillary's laugh line in Iowa about her experience in dealing with evil men was something she said that was immeasurably more noteworthy. In one stunning, self-centered swoop, Hillary Clinton has transformed herself into an anti Iraq-war radical. The woman who voted to authorize the war now calls for the US, come hell or high water, to be out of Iraq by the end of President Bush's term. As per this report, here's how she put it in Iowa yesterday:

"I think it's the height of irresponsibility and I really resent it," she said, "this was his decision to go to war, he went with an ill-conceived plan, an incompetently executed strategy, and we should expect him to extricate our country from this before he leaves office."

Note that Hillary places no qualifiers or conditions on her call for Pres. Bush to "extricate" us from Iraq. No matter how bad the situation might be as we approach the next election - or how promising - Hillary is apparently calling for us to disengage in less than two years. That's the kind of irresponsible radicalism that should bring a smile to the Kosmonaut wing of the Dem party.

Another aspect of Clinton's statement also merits consideration: its stunning solipsism. "I really resent" the president's policy, she informed us. Hillary, it's not about you.

Will the MSM pick up on Hillary's new-found radicalism - and her world-revolves-around-me approach to the issue? The only evidence I saw of it this morning was a report by ABC's Jake Tapper, who on GMA ran a clip of Hillary's statement, noting that Hillary was "using language she's never used before, seeming to take personal offense."

VIDEO UPDATE: Have a look and listen here to Hillary trotting out to an Iowa crowd her well-worn line about how she would never have voted to authorize the war if we knew then what we know now. Is this the tone Hillary's advisers would want her to strike?

Mark was in Iraq in November. Contact him at mark@gunhill.net

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.