Howard Owens and Glenn Reynolds note that Hillary Clinton supported the war in Iraq, and Owens thinks the discourtesy she was shown when she visited the Coalition Provisional Authority headquarters was bad judgment as well as bad manners. Good for them. This is sure to be a surprise to Hillary-haters nationwide.
I wish that Owens were willing to acknowledge that even some of the people who opposed the war did so because they thought there were better ways of fighting terrorism. It’s even possible they were right. But his willingness to acknowledge when someone on the other side of the partisan divide has taken what he thinks is the right position is praiseworthy, and so is Reynolds’s.
Perhaps while they’re in a good mood, they might want to mention another politician named Clinton who backed the war at a crucial moment.
Bill Clinton is still a widely respected figure, not just in the United States but around the world. He supported the war in Iraq. That fact could have — should have — been exploited, both domestically and internationally.
The unwillingness of the people around Bush to make use of Clinton is the strongest indication I know of their unseriousness about fighting the war on terrorism. The first step is always to consolidate the home front. But they’d rather have an enemy they can use in fundraising.
Disgusting. Unpatriotic, too.