The Iraq war is back in the news and back in focus as an issue on the campaign trail. In a speech this morning outlining her goals to bring the troops home from Iraq, Hillary Clinton said that the Iraq surge has “not accomplished its goals.”
“By the middle of this summer, when the additional surge forces have been sent home, we’ll be right back at square one: 130,000 or more troops on the ground in Iraq.”
Clinton also used her speech to criticize the Iraq war positions of “Bush, John McCain and Barack Obama.”
…Clinton suggested Obama’s war opposition in 2002 was only rhetorical, as the two senators have had very similar records on the war once in the Senate, supporting funding for the war and opposing bills that called for timetables for withdrawal until early 2007, when they started running for president.
“My Democratic opponent talks a great deal about a speech he gave in 2002, and I commend him for making that speech,” Clinton said. “He is asking us to judge him by his words, and words can be powerful — but only if the speaker translates them into actions and solutions. … He didn’t start working aggressively to end the war until he started to run for president.” […]
Zeroing in on her potential opponent in general election, McCain, Clinton described the “Bush-McCain Iraq philosophy” as “stay the course keeping troops in Iraq for up to 100 years if necessary.
“Withdrawal is not defeat, defeat is keeping troops in Iraq for 100 years,” Clinton said.