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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Hillary Clinton, Saddam Hussein And Hillary's December 15, 2003 Speech

Saddam Hussein was captured and taken into custody on December 13, 2003. CNN:

    Saddam Hussein is now in Iraqi custody and has made his first appearance in an Iraqi courtroom today to hear the charges against him for crimes during his rule. U.S. soldiers captured Hussein in a raid on December 13, 2003.

On December 15, 2003, Hillary Clinton made the following speech and here are some very noteworthy excerpts from that speech:

    Saddam Hussein is now in Iraqi custody and has made his first appearance in an Iraqi courtroom today to hear the charges against him for crimes during his rule. U.S. soldiers captured Hussein in a raid on December 13, 2003.

    Turning to Iraq, yesterday was a good day. I was thrilled that Saddam Hussein had finally been captured. Like many of you, I was glued to the television and the radio as I went about my daily business. We owe a great debt of gratitude to our troops, to the president, to our intelligence services, to all who had a hand in apprehending Saddam.

    [...]

    I was one who supported giving President Bush the authority, if necessary, to use force against Saddam Hussein. I believe that that was the right vote. I have had many disputes and disagreements with the administration over how that authority has been used, but I stand by the vote to provide the authority because I think it was a necessary step in order to maximize the outcome that did occur in the Security Council with the unanimous vote to send in inspectors.

Speaking about Iraq and comparing it to post-World War II, Hillary said:

    But it took 10 years to create a stable, sovereign government, and we still have troops in Germany, as we do in Japan, as we do in South Korea, as we do in Bosnia, as we do in Kosovo. So the idea that we can somehow bring about dramatic transformational change in either a short period of time or with a relatively limited financial commitment is contradicted by our own history. And therefore we have not only the need for patience but a sense that we are going to be involved over the long run, or we will not guarantee or create the conditions for potential success.

She said, "We owe a great debt of gratitude to our troops, to the president, to our intelligence services."

She said, "I was one who supported giving President Bush the authority, if necessary, to use force against Saddam Hussein. I believe that that was the right vote. I have had many disputes and disagreements with the administration over how that authority has been used, but I stand by the vote to provide the authority."

She said, "the idea that we can somehow bring about dramatic transformational change in either a short period of time or with a relatively limited financial commitment is contradicted by our own history."

Is this the same Hillary who today says she was "tricked and fooled" by George W. Bush into voting for the war?

Is this the same Hillary who today calls Iraq "failed strategy"?


Hillary isn't the type of person or politician to change her mind to take advantage of what would be politically expedient for her career...is she?

And if you think she did not say the excerpts, you can
watch and listen to her speak her own words right here.

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