WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday defended her vote to authorize war in Iraq amid growing unease among liberal Democrats who could determine the potential 2008 presidential candidate‘s future.
At the same time, she said the United States must "finish what it started" in Iraq.
The 1,600-word letter was sent, mainly through e-mail, on Tuesday — a day before President Bush was to deliver a speech on his Iraqi policies. The president‘s approval ratings plummeted in recent months as the U.S. death toll and anti-war sentiments grew.
In her letter to voters, the senator cited prewar assurances from the White House that the United States would use the United Nations to resolve the issue of Iraq‘s purported weapons of mass destruction.
"Based on the information that we have today, Congress never would have been asked to give the president authority to use force against Iraq," she said. Clinton stopped short of saying her vote was a mistake, the political path chosen by two other potential Democratic candidates — former vice presidential candidate John Edwards and Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del.
Clinton‘s allies billed the letter as her most comprehensive statement on the war to date.
Really, I can't believe the "I was too gullible" line.