So says the only GOP senator to vote against the invasion of Iraq, Lincoln Chafee. Chafee, defeated for re-election by Sheldon Whitehouse in 2006, has a new book out on just that subject.
Titled “Against The Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President,” it looks as if it could be a great insider’s tale, depending on just how much Chafee will “dish.” Chafee, now an independent who is backing Barack Obama, calls Hillary Clinton one of the “Democratic Bush enablers”:
“Being wrong about sending Americans to kill and be killed, maim and be maimed, is not like making a punctuation mistake in a highway bill,” Chafee writes. “They argue that the president duped them into war, but getting duped does not exactly recommend their leadership. Helping a rogue president start an unnecessary war should be a career-ending lapse of judgment, in my view.”
Sadly, but truly, Chafee writes that these Democrats put political ambitions ahead of principle in 2002. And now, we’re paying the price.
Of course, the flip side is that somebody could still prosecute them.
But, the flip side to that is, ain’t gonna happen either out of this administration, or out of Clinton, Obama or McCain. Not one of them would pull that trigger.