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Statement of Hillary Clinton on the fourth Anniversary of President Bush Declaring 'Mission Accomplished'

The following is a statement by Senator Hillary Clinton:

"Today is the fourth anniversary of what I consider to be one of the most shameful episodes in American history.

"Never before in our history has a President said ‘mission accomplished’ when the mission had barely begun. Never before has a President landed on the deck of an aircraft carrier to proclaim the end of major combat operations to a war that rages on four years later. Never before has a President pulled a political stunt when so many American lives were and remain in harm’s way.

"The President took us to a preemptive war of his choosing based on his assessment of faulty evidence and trumped up facts. He ignored the warnings of senior military advisors and he retaliated against those who tried to stop him. And once he got the authority to put inspectors back into Iraq, he ignored their findings. It is something that will stand as one of the darkest blots on leadership we’ve ever had in our nation’s history.

"America is ready for a President who will respect our Armed Forces by properly planning for the missions we ask our troops to undertake. America is ready to end this war and when I am President, that’s exactly what I’ll do."

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"America is ready for a President who will respect our Armed Forces by properly planning for the missions we ask our troops to undertake. America is ready to end this war and when I am President, that’s exactly what I’ll do." Why wait? She may not even be elected president. As a senator, she could end the occupation by joining the effort to cut funding now.

Hillary is the quintessential politician. She needs to remember that her husband's motto should have been "Mission never attempted".
Most of President Bush's actions are indefensible. His focus on terrorists, even with the poorly planned Iraq War, was one of the right actions. The Press needs to start channeling all of the Democratic candidates toward their own definition of the issues and the remedies. They are giving us no idea of their worth if they continue to run against Bush and his policies. The last I heard, Bush isn't up for reelection. Staunch Republicans had no problem in Bush's race against Al Gore being defined as a race against the legacy of the Clinton administration. As an objective voter and not a diehard either way, I would humbly suggest to Democratic voters that they start pinning their candidates down and getting some real answers. It might prevent electing a poor candidate in the heat of anti-Bush passion.

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