Friday, November 2, 2007

Obama to Force Hillary's Hand on Warmongering

She voted to authorize George Bush to go to war with Iraq and has never apologized for that blunder. Perhaps she doesn't think it was a blunder. Obama doesn't let her off the hook for that vote. She also voted for the Kyl -Lieberman nonbinding resolution that designates Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization; some think that proposal was a green light for Bush to bomb Iran. Kyl and Lieberman culled Clinton's vote which Obama has also used against her in the debates.

Obama introduced a Senate resolution late Thursday that says President Bush does not have authority to use military force against Iran. Mrs. Clinton signed a letter to Bush circulated to several senators reminding him that he doesn't have the authority to bomb Iran. An Obama spokesman said the Illinois senator drafted the measure in an effort to "nullify the vote the Senate took to give the president the benefit of the doubt on Iran." That was the Kyl-Lieberman resolution. Clinton was the only Senate Democrat running for president to support the measure, and her rivals have argued that Bush could use it to justify war with Iran.

The Obama legislation is a bold move to hold Clinton's feet to the fire on warmongering. It will be interesting to see whether she will vote for the legislation. I wonder if she is talking to Harry Reid behind closed doors to have the proposed Obama legislation tabled until after the Iowa caucus. I wouldn't put it past her.

An even bolder move on Obama's part would be to fly over to Tehran and have a one-on-one with either Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He said that he will meet with them if elected, but he could use the Bush policy of preemption to show his resolve now.

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