While campaigning in Iowa on July 4th, Hillary Clinton loudly proclaimed the following regarding the question of Iraq:
"If this President (Bush) will not end our involvement in Iraq - when I become President- I will".
But is Hillary telling the truth? Unfortunately not. She was lying through her teeth in Iowa. I'm surprised that her pants didn't catch on fire! In fact, none of the main candidates are being honest with the American people on the issue of a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. They know that plans call for a long-term, "enduring" U.S. troop presence in Iraq. Hillary Clinton herself even acknowledged that she was a liar on this issue.
As I noted in a blog entry a few weeks ago, (and as Ted Koppel points out in a great NPR piece) Hillary knows full well that U.S. troops will likely be in Iraq long term (for decades). She is pulling the heart strings of the American people with these continuous
These candidates (Republican and Democrat) and members of Congress are not leveling with the public on the issue of a withdrawal. They keep talking about ending our involvement in Iraq, in order to get votes, when they know the long term plans say otherwise.
The same way that they took advantage of public ignorance to get us into Iraq, is the same way that they are taking advantage of public ignorance to stay there, but then boldly lie to the people about pulling American troops out. And Americans are swallowing this lie hook, line and sinker. The way that Americans are just accepting it is more troubling than the lie itself.
When will Hillary (or any of the other candidates) decide to begin telling the American people the truth?
Keep in mind... Koppel stated that Hillary was careful with her words in his June 11th piece. Suggesting that she didn't expect all troops to be withdrawn under her leadership. But fast forward to her July 4th statement in Iowa (qouted above), and you can see that she said "ending our involvement", which to me means withdrawing all of our forces and ending the war. Listen to the Koppel piece again. Her Iowa proclamation was clearly a bold faced lie. She didn't play with her words. When will someone in the mainstream media gather up enough courage to call her on it? I know that members of the mainstream press are spineless.... but there has to be one among them somewhere who can step up to the plate.
This blog entry has been cross-posted at the Daily Kos.
Of course I was accused by the pro-Hillary crowd of trying to do a "hit job" on their candidate.
When I did no such thing. Of course they refused to check the Ted Koppel piece before they began foaming at the mouth.
I am going to bring this issue back up on Daily Kos.... and I am going to keep doing it periodically until she decides to fess up & level with the American people....or until after the elections...whichever comes first.