Hillary Clinton, Hawk

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"Hillary Clinton, Hawk"

I think it’s a little depressing on several levels that it requires a long and brilliant article to make the point, but as Michael Crowley notes in a long and brilliant article on the subject the reason Hillary Clinton voted for the Iraq authorizing resolution appears to be that she thought it was the right thing to do; it appears that she won’t apologize for it because she doesn’t think she was wrong; and, last, it appears that her views on both these things are connected to a larger worldview that’s more militaristic than your average liberal’s.

I say it’s depressing because it winds up simultaneously being unfair to her opponents. She’s so stuck with the “calculating” tag that even in the face of all the evidence, Clinton’s views on Iraq get read exclusively through the lense of political calculation (like any pol, of course, she does in fact do some calculating) without any consideration of the possibility that there are real views her. Conversely, her opponents deserve a chance at a real debate over what kind of foreign policy the voters want, and not one in which we pretend that everyone agrees and this is all just a game of gotcha and who said what when.

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