Slick Hillary: “I Did Not Have Sex With That War”

Recently, I mistakenly received the Winter ’08 edition of Hooah!, the U.S. Army National Guard’s slick call to arms in teen-beat magazine form. It says its mission is to “celebrate and support America’s youth” and “recognize their many achievements and contributions to the American way of life.”

The cover featured Dale Earnhardt, Jr. looking grim and determined. The sub-head read “Your Life/No Limits.” It was a sentiment that begged for late-night, comedic talk-show host treatment. No limits on tours of duty. No limits on the strains on your marriage, your sanity, your integrity. No limits to the lengths that Uncle Sam will go to get you to sign on for the U.S. Military’s bullshit details–anywhere there’s a resource to secure, a profit to ensure or a political party’s reputation to protect. Hooah!

As I watch the Democratic Party’s primaries unfold, the Iraq War is never far from my mind. And Senator Hillary Clinton’s vote to support military intervention in Iraq is something I can’t overlook.

I was a big fan of Senator Clinton when her husband Bill was president. I cheered her universal healthcare proposal; I was thrilled by her vision of an American “Eurorail” system. They were great ideas before their time. Ballsy, brainy—brilliant. Really. In my mind now even, there’s no question she would be a better president than Bill or Bush. She’s no dummy—and that’s the problem.

In the Democratic Presidential Primary Debate held at the Kodak Theatre in California on January 31st, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer asked Senator Clinton if her decision to support military intervention in Iraq was a mistake and she simply (and intentionally) attempted to distance herself from the facts. She said there was some evidence Saddam Hussein was a threat. She said the United States had bombed Iraq over obstructed weapons inspections when her husband was in office. She said she studied the facts independently before she cast her vote.

Noting Clinton’s avoidance of a direct answer, Blitzer offered her an out, suggesting that, like many of us, perhaps she had simply been naïve. The comment garnered Blitzer several boos from the audience and Clinton cooly replied “Good try, Wolf. Good try.”

Instead of owning up to and taking responsibility for her mistake, Clinton maintained a charade of inculpableness. She said the original legislation leading to the Iraq war was actually introduced to reintroduce or expand the number of weapons inspectors. She even suggested she hadn’t realized it authorized an invasion of Iraq. Barrack Obama politely reminded us all that the bill in question was actually entitled “An Authorization to Use Military Force in Iraq.”

As I watched Clinton maneuver, it reminded me of Monica Lewinsky scandal. Instead of facing the truth, Senator Clinton—like her husband—attempted to spin her way around it. When presented with the facts, Clinton—like her husband—retreated to ambiguity to avoid naked contradiction.

Claiming a vote for military intervention is not a vote for war is like claiming fellatio isn’t sex. Senator Clinton wasn’t answering under oath or facing perjury charges, but she was given an opportunity to level with us and clean-up her political legacy. Instead—like her husband—she opted for denial and semantic subterfuge.

The best line of the debate may have been when Clinton quipped that it “took a Clinton to clean after the first Bush and I think it might take another one to clean up after the second Bush.” But Republican’s might say it took a Bush to clean up the cum stains in the Oval Office after a Clinton; and an increasing number of folks believe it will take Barrack Obama to clean up the blood stains—military and partisan—of President Bush and Senator Clinton.

There may be several reasons why Hillary Clinton should be the next president of the United States. But the biggest reason she doesn’t deserve that office is because she won’t or can’t admit that she knowingly, willingly and mistakenly got into bed with George W. Bush on the war in Iraq. And instead of admitting her indiscretion, she’s lying about it. To our faces. Repeatedly. With no hesitation, qualms or semblance of guilt.

And while Clinton lies, thousands of kids who have less resources, less education and less choices are still buying into the Hooah! Iraq debacle, the lie she propped up with her vote, the lie she helped politically legitimize, the lie she embraced so she wouldn’t look soft.

They say politics makes for strange bedfellows. I say if you’re so desperate for political success that you feel compelled to hop in the sack with President Bush, your politics are cheap and the same old politics as usual. I say if you feel the need to shack up with swine like Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld or Rove to prove your mettle, your resolve is weak and your words are hollow.

Nobody Died When Bill Lied. The Bumper sticker was right. But thousands of folks died when Bush lied and Hillary bought into it. And if she can’t apologize for that, she doesn’t deserve to lead.

Fort Worth native E. R. Bills is the author of Texas Obscurities: Stories of the Peculiar, Exceptional & Nefarious and Tell-Tale Texas: Investigations in Infamous History. Read other articles by E.R..

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  1. maha said on February 6th, 2008 at 5:14pm #

    Really who cares what she said or he said, they’re all blood-sucking, lying cowardly murderers.

  2. Casimir Nystrand said on February 7th, 2008 at 11:52am #

    Slick Hillary and the Bubba Bucks

    She has raised $2o Millions, earmarked for the Gen Election, So she loans her campaign Millions of Dollars and if she doesn’t get the nomination, she wants it back with interest(it will come from the $20 Millions still there). So she is using the Gen Election money, with this loan of hers to herself. You may well address her as “Slick Hillary”, but I think it is Bubba Bucks and Bubba tricks. The Gen Election money donors donated the money with that stipulation and it wasn’t to be used to run against Barrack Obama, but it is.

  3. Geoffk said on February 7th, 2008 at 3:41pm #

    Folks died in Iraq when Bill kept the sanctions going. Folks died in the Sudan when he sent the missiles to the wrong place. Bill pioneered the idea of bypassing the UN by expanding the role of NATO to intervene in the Yugoslav civil war.