Friday, June 06, 2014

In new book, Hillary Clinton disavows Iraq vote and details differences with Obama on Syria

By Philip Rucker, WashPost, Published: June 5

Hillary Rodham Clinton, using her strongest language yet to disavow her 2002 Senate vote authorizing military action in Iraq, writes in her forthcoming memoir that “I still got it wrong,” CBS News reported late Thursday.

The former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential candidate also details her disagreement with President Obama over U.S. strategy in war-torn Syria, writing that she argued in favor of arming Syrian rebels while Obama decided otherwise.

Clinton also writes in “Hard Choices” about her role in the Obama administration’s early discussions about rescuing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been captured by the Taliban in 2009. She says she recognized that “opening the door to negotiations with the Taliban would be hard to swallow for many Americans after so many years of war.”

Interspersed throughout the book are Clinton’s thoughts on Russian President Vladi­mir Putin and her role in the “reset” of U.S.-Russia relations; the raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden; the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya; as well as her relationships with Obama, Vice President Biden and other administration officials.

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