TROOPS MUST BE LOVING [KJL]
John Edwards today
Posted at 06:36 PM
…from her link:
Former US Senator John Edwards, the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2004, broke with his campaign stance on the war in Iraq, declaring in a newspaper opinion piece that he made “a mistake” in supporting the invasion.
“I was wrong,” Edwards wrote in the Washington Post, saying he now regrets his decision to give US President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq.
“Almost three years ago we went into Iraq to remove what we were told — and what many of us believed and argued — was a threat to America. But in fact we now know that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction when our forces invaded Iraq in 2003.”
The former North Carolina senator continued: “The intelligence was deeply flawed and, in some cases, manipulated to fit a political agenda.”
“It was a mistake to vote for this war in 2002. I take responsibility for that mistake,” Edwards wrote, in what will likely be seen as a gambit to reposition himself ahead of a 2008 presidential run.
Hmmm. Let’s ask one of our soldiers what he thinks about this:
The very private Tillmans have revealed a picture of Pat profoundly at odds with the GI Joe image created by Pentagon spinmeisters and their media stenographers. As the Chronicle put it, family and friends are now unveiling “a side of Pat Tillman not widely known–a fiercely independent thinker who enlisted, fought and died in service to his country yet was critical of President Bush and opposed the war in Iraq, where he served a tour of duty. He was an avid reader whose interests ranged from history books…to works of leftist Noam Chomsky, a favorite author.” Tillman had very unembedded feelings about the Iraq War. His close friend Army Spec. Russell Baer remembered, “I can see it like a movie screen. We were outside of [an Iraqi city] watching as bombs were dropping on the town…. We were talking. And Pat said, ‘You know, this war is so f***ing illegal.’ And we all said, ‘Yeah.’ That’s who he was. He totally was against Bush.” With these revelations, Pat Tillman the PR icon joins WMD and Al Qaeda connections on the heap of lies used to sell the Iraq War.
I’m going to have to go with the dead hero…