Schweitzer Fires Verbal Salvo Towards Clinton   Leave a comment

Though I’m still of the opinion that, barring the end of the world, Hillary Clinton is still the presumptive 2016 presidential front-runner, she’s still going to have to justify herself to Democratic voters, some of whom will likely be looking for alternatives, one of them being former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer who fired this gem of a quote at an Iowa event in her direction

The calendar may say that it’s 2013, but it sounded more like 2007 during former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s speech here in the nation’s first voting state Wednesday night.

Echoing a refrain that Barack Obama trumpeted often in Iowa six years ago during his successful campaign against Hillary Clinton — which launched him to the White House — Schweitzer chided Senate Democrats who voted for the 2002 resolution authorizing the invasion of Iraq.

As he weighs whether to mount his own presidential bid, Schweitzer’s surprising foreign policy riff appeared to be a thinly veiled shot at Clinton, the 2016 Democratic frontrunner-in-waiting whose Iraq vote dogged her during her failed 2008 presidential bid.

“When we were attacked at 9/11 by 17 Saudis and two Egyptians who called themselves al-Qaeda, who weren’t welcome in Iraq, and George Bush got a bunch of Democrats to vote to go to that war, I was just shaking my head in Montana,” Schweitzer told a small crowd of about 80 people at a fundraising event organized by a left-leaning advocacy group called Progress Iowa.

The bolo-tie-clad former governor suggested that it was important to revisit the Iraq issue in light of current U.S. tensions with Iran and other nations. During his remarks, he continued to evoke the 2002 Senate vote without mentioning Clinton by name.

“Now maybe we’re going to make the right decision, or maybe we’re just going to go to war again,” he said. “And the reason why I’m in Iowa, in part, is I’m asking you to pick the leaders who are not going to make those mistakes.”(Real Clear Politics)

To this day, I’ve often wondered why the United States went to war in Iraq; given everything we know, it ranks as one of America’s biggest strategic blunders and must not be repeated again; even if Schweitzer doesn’t become the Democratic nominee, my hope is that Democrats’ will put pressure of whoever that nominee is to ensure it doesn’t happen again.


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