Daily Revolt

October 01, 2007

Clinton Backs Bill Controlling Funds for Force Against Iran

Interesting. Obviously criticism--including from blogs like this one--of Hillary's support for the Lieberman/Kyl amendment, and her unwillingness to speak on subject of a U.S. attack on Iran, led to this decision. She knew that if Bush attacked Iran that it would hurt her chances to win the nomination, since she would be blamed, just as she is for her Iraq war vote. This doesn't mean that Bush won't still bomb Iran, it just makes it more difficult. It could also mean that Israel will have to act alone, or at least initially:
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) on Monday signed on to a bill barring funding for military action against Iran without approval from Congress, offering a counterweight to an Iran measure she took heat from fellow Democrats for backing last week.

Clinton co-sponsored a measure from Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) prohibiting spending on military operations in Iran that have not received congressional authorization. Anti-war activists have hailed the Webb plan for restraining President Bush’s ability to act unilaterally against Iran, which the administration has linked to attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq.

[...]Clinton was the only Democratic presidential candidate to endorse Kyl and Lieberman’s language, earning her a rebuke from some rivals during last week’s debate in New Hampshire.

Now let's see if the Republicans in the Senate go along with her amendment.

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