Hillary: Iraq war Bush's responsibility
[ 2007-01-29 15:45 ]
Crawford, left, takes a photo of US Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, as
she speaks during a town hall meeting, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, at the
Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport,
Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that President Bush has made a mess
of Iraq and it is his responsibility to "extricate" the United States from
the situation before he leaves office.
It would be "the height of
irresponsibility" to pass the war along to the next commander in chief,
"This was his decision to go to war with an ill-conceived plan and an
incompetently executed strategy," the Democratic senator from New York
said in her initial presidential campaign in Iowa.
"We expect him to extricate our country from this before he leaves
office" in January 2009, the former first lady said.
The White House condemned Clinton's comments as a partisan attack and
"sending the wrong message" to U.S. soldiers.
Clinton held a town hall-style forum attended by about 300 activists,
giving a brief speech before taking questions for nearly an hour.
"I am going to level with
you, the president has said this is going to be left to his successor,"
Clinton said. "I think it is the height of irresponsibility and I really
Bush describes Iraq as the central front in the global fight against
terrorism that began after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "The war on
terror will be a problem for the next president. Presidents after me will
be confronting ... an enemy that would like to strike the United States
again," he recently told reporters.
During the town hall meeting, she tried to make clear that she thinks
she would be a chief executive with enough fortitude to confront any
danger facing the country.
"I believe that a lot in my background shows the character and
toughness that is required to be president," Clinton said."
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