Bill Clinton rewrites history on support for Iraq war
On the stump for his wife in Iowa, former President Bill Clinton voiced his long-felt displeasure for the war in Iraq. "Even though I approved of Afghanistan and opposed Iraq from the beginning," said Clinton, "I still resent that I was not asked or given the opportunity to support those soldiers."
But the tapes show a history entirely different. While Clinton has been critical of the U.S.-led invasion as far back as 2005, even calling it a "big mistake," ABC News reports that Bill, like his wife, supported giving President Bush the authority needed to launch an attack in 2002.
To prove Clinton’s past support, ABC News dug up a transcript from remarks he delivered during 2003 commencement at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. "I supported the President when he asked the Congress for authority to stand up against weapons of mass destruction in Iraq," he said.
Bill Clinton’s spokesperson attempted to explain the discrepancy by distinguishing between the authority to go to war -- which both Clintons supported -- and President Bush's decision to use that authority when he did.
"As he said from the beginning and many times since," said Clinton spokesperson Jay Carson, "President Clinton disagreed with taking the country to war in Iraq without allowing the weapons inspectors to finish their jobs."
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This video is from ABC's Good Morning America, Fox's Fox & Friends and MSNBC's Morning Joe, broadcast on November 28, 2007.