Saturday, April 12, 2008

Tyranny Or Terrorism?

A week ago, Sen. Clinton had the chutzpah to say of Sen. Obama, "I started criticizing the war in Iraq before he did." While the basic facts alone make this insulting enough, it's also false to imply that in the time that they've both been in the Senate that she has been a strong critic of the war, let alone stronger than him.

To the extent that Clinton has been critical of the war, it is merely a criticism of the execution of the war. The idea of the war itself, the occupation, is something she has never stated that she disagrees with. Obama, on the other hand, has not only been critical of the execution, but has primarily attacked the mindset that got us into the war in the first place.

On that note, kudos to the Jed Report for digging up video of Obama questioning Condoleeza Rice during her confirmation hearings for Secretary of State. This is in January of 2005, just two weeks after he became a member of the U.S. Senate. Watch as he chastises her on the "conflation of tyranny and terror" and the administration's "mixed signals" and "ambiguity" (to say the least) on both.

To quote Stephen Colbert, he is an it-getter. This is someone I would trust to be President.


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