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Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., is coming under heavy fire for her continued support of the war in Iraq, with some of the strongest rhetoric coming from the political left.
“Hillary Clinton today holds the new North American record for fakery,” writes Newsday columnist Jimmy Breslin. “She copies. She sneaks and slithers past you with her opinion on a war that kills every day.”
Breslin unleashed his scathing attack on the New York Democrat after reading a mailing sent out by the senator’s campaign packed with questions being asked by Clinton:
I go through the rest of the pamphlet.
“How concerned are you that President Bush is not doing enough to get Americans back to work, create more jobs and get the economy moving again?
“How concerned are you that the massive budget deficits caused by Republican economic and tax policies will inevitably result in drastic cuts in Social Security, Medicare, education and social services?”
There are … now more than 2,000 young Americans who have died in Iraq. She wants to be a candidate for president and she doesn’t even mention our dead, or our next dead.
Mrs. Clinton was also slammed last night in a speech by Cindy Sheehan, the so-called “Peace Mom” who previously labeled the senator a “war hawk.”
“I’m not a carpetbagger like someone else we know,” Sheehan said at the State University College at Oneonta, N.Y. “I think she really needs to represent the state of New York.”
When asked about a possible Clinton run for the presidency in 2008, Sheehan said, “I am not going to make the mistake of supporting a pro-war candidate even if she is a Democrat.”
Clinton is responding to those questioning her stance on the Iraq conflict in a letter, stating, “I take responsibility for my vote, and I, along with a majority of Americans, expect the president and his administration to take responsibility for the false assurances, faulty evidence and mismanagement of the war.”
In the 1,600-word letter, the Democrat mentioned White House assurances the U.S. would use the United Nations to resolve the issue of Iraq’s purported weapons of mass destruction.
“Based on the information that we have today, Congress never would have been asked to give the president authority to use force against Iraq,” she said. “Given years of assurances that the war was nearly over and that the insurgents were in their ‘last throes,’ this administration was either not being honest with the American people or did not know what was going on in Iraq. … It is time for the president to stop serving up platitudes and present us with a plan for finishing this war with success and honor.”
Hillary’s comments about the war were not unnoticed by conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh.
“Do you really see Hillary Clinton as commander in chief?” Limbaugh asked rhetorically on his national broadcast today. “She’s unimaginable as commander in chief so she does what she can to cover that fault. … The point is that most of Hillary’s public persona is to cover flaws, to mask what she really is, which is the truth of most Democrats.”