Russert: Obama 'On the Money' in Calling Iraq 'Dumb War'

February 4th, 2007 11:05 AM
Not that there was ever much doubt where Tim Russert aligns, but it was nice to get concrete confirmation on today's Meet the Press. Grilling John Edwards over his vote to authorize the war and his expression of support for it as late as 2004, Russert pointed out that Obama had staked out a firmly anti-Iraq war position before the conflict began.

Russert displayed a two-part graphic of Obama's 2002 statement, which concluded with the words: "I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars."

Russert then shot at Edwards: "His judgment was on the money."

View video here.

Aside: on two occasions, Edwards, in explaining his vote to authorize the war, said that he relied not merely on the information supplied at the time by the Bush administration, but had also consulted with former Clinton administration officials. They apparently confirmed the views expressed by the Bush administration. Translation: Hillary's folks are partly to blame too.

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