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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-30-07 10:29 AM
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NYT Magazine cover story preview: "Hillary's War"
Cover Story
Hillarys War
By JEFF GERTH and DON VAN NATTA Jr.
Published: May 29, 2007
Note: This article is a preview of this weekend's Times Magazine.


(Jenny Mortsell)

On a Thursday afternoon in early May, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton rose before a nearly empty Senate chamber and proposed that Congress undo one of the most significant acts in its recent history: the authorization of the Iraq war. In remarks lasting just two minutes, she spoke bluntly: The authorization to use force has run its course, and it is time to reverse the failed policies of President Bush and to end this war as soon as possible. She added, If the president will not bring himself to accept reality, it is time for Congress to bring reality to him.

This was Clintons latest and boldest attempt to distance herself from her own vote for the Iraq war in October 2002 a vote she has described as probably the hardest decision I have ever had to make. At the time she cast that vote, she was among the Senates most outspoken Democrats warning of Saddam Husseins dangerous arsenal. Unlike nearly all of her fellow Democrats, she even went so far as to argue that Saddam Hussein gave assistance to Al Qaeda members. Now she speaks with equal fervor about the need to bring the war to an end. In addition to calling for the deauthorization of the war, she has also voiced support for cutting off financing to many combat troops in Iraq by March 2008.

And yet even as she has backed away from her original vote to allow the war, she has also resisted pressure from within her party to apologize for it. Instead, she has presented voters with a version of her record that places more emphasis on her reservations about going to war than on her support for the president. Along the way, important aspects of that record like how much of the available intelligence she reviewed before her vote have escaped scrutiny....

Senator Clintons aides and strategists say they have worried for months that as the partys base has overwhelmingly turned against the war, questions about her vote, and her views on Iraq more broadly, could derail her bid to become the Democratic nominee for president in 2008. The answers to many of the most persistent questions about her war record are hidden in plain sight. What those answers reveal about her approach to Iraq her votes, her views, her political maneuvering may provide as good an insight as we have into what sort of president she would be....

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/29/magazine/03Hillary-t....
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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-30-07 10:36 AM
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1. Jeff Gerth has a long time anti-Clinton agenda
But. I didn't find this article terribly unbalanced. I wondered, though, has Code Pink gone after Edwards the way they've gone after Clinton?
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SaveElmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-30-07 10:38 AM
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2. If Edwards was the front runner they would...
Code Pink is about publicity...
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iamjoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-30-07 10:43 AM
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3. Edwards Apologized - What Would Be The Point
he's trying to repent. What is to be gained by "going after" him? It's done, he can't invent a time machine and vote differently. You either accept his apology, or you don't.
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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-30-07 10:56 AM
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4. I do not accept it
And I would like to see an equal standard of critique applied.
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rinsd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-30-07 10:59 AM
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5. This is bascially from their book. (nt)
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-30-07 12:42 PM
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6. That's true. And I've since read in Media Bistro that this preview...
may have come because Bernstein's competing book has appeared.
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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-30-07 01:37 PM
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7. I read somewhere this morning
Bernstein's book effectively refutes some claims in this other book. Sorry I don't know where I was reading it.
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-30-07 05:26 PM
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8. The main claims are public votes and statements
The thing that makes this a hit piece are the adjectives. Nearly every descriptive word makes Hillary seem overbearing and acting like she is more important than her peers. this goes against the carefully crafted image of her taking a backing position, learning the Senate and getting along with everyone.
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