October 10th, 2007
03:19 PM ET
13 years ago

Edwards: Clinton won't prevent Iran war

Edwards had strong words for Sen. Hillary Clinton's stance on Iraq and Iran.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Five years after Congress voted to give President Bush the authority to use force against Iraq, former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, slammed presidential rival Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, for her Iraq policy and charged that she would not stand in the way of a war against Iran.

Clinton recently voted in favor of a bill declaring Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, which Edwards said is another step "that takes this nation one step closer to war."

"Evidently, Senator Clinton and I learned two very different lessons from the Iraq war," Edwards said in a statement Wednesday. "I learned that if you give President Bush even an inch of authority, he will use it to sanction a war."

Edwards has repeatedly attacked Clinton for refusing to apologize for her initial vote authorizing the war. In her speech on the Senate floor five years ago, she said she approved of sending troops to Iraq to disarm Saddam Hussein and to prevent future terrorist attacks against America.

"It is with conviction that I support this resolution as being in the best interests of our nation," Clinton said in 2002. "A vote for it is not a vote to rush to war; it is a vote that puts awesome responsibility in the hands of our President and we say to him – use these powers wisely and as a last resort. And it is a vote that says clearly to Saddam Hussein – this is your last chance – disarm or be disarmed."

The Clinton campaign had no comment.

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John Edwards
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. dukes james griffin georgia

    There is something wrong with sen. edwards. There was this mention that he made about black-water SO sen. edwards allow me. During the clinton years a really bad dude ran the state dept. this dude was so bad that when cabinet sec.saw him coming they went the other way that man was Jesse Helms. When sen helms wanted one to take his seat he selected Mrs. E. Dole a great choice Thus is Black Water. it is a high country thang as sen. edwards well knows. Black Water is condi rice'e cute little white boy army. condi rice is the sec. of state, thus the state dept. is still run by jesse helms through his choosen one Sen E Dole whom condi has to answer to so I do not understand what sen. edwards was getting at. black-water belongs to sen. helms.

    October 11, 2007 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  2. lowerpericles

    Another war? Not again. People unsure Pre.Ahmed agenda really is but he's no Castro either.

    October 12, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Todd, Binghamton NY

    I sincerely hope that the Clinton apologists on this forum are working for her campaign. I hate to think that there are this many people that genuinely believe there is nothing the least bit disconcerting about her hawkish positions.

    I'm sorry, but her Iraq vote in 2003 was inexcusable and her refusal to repudiate that vote and her continued aggressive stance against Iran can only lead me to conclude that she is at least sympathetic to the position that this disastrous war in Iraq should be expanded to Iran.

    The fact of the matter is that language is important. When we designate a branch of Iran's military as terrorists there is a PURPOSE behind it. Will it lead to war? Not necessarily, but it is without question a provocative move. She DESERVES to be called on it.

    I do not know how someone who represents, at least to some extent, a continuation of this administration's foreign policy is considered not only a credible but seemingly invincible candidate.

    October 13, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Michelle, JNU AK

    Edwards called it like it was, Hillary just endorsed a dangerous vote for Bush, a second time! Didn't she learn from the first time. This is just more ammunition to keep our troops in Iraq.

    I don't blame Obama for his attack towards Hillary, but he's untruthful for claiming he'd run his campaign without attacking. Too, he failed to come back to vote on an important vote, so he's being hypocritical. Someone advised him poorly, or his faulty judgment is surfacing.

    Strange that Edwards didn't get more attention, but Obama gets a ton now...OCT. 26 – 28...look at the date on this ticker: Oct. 10...Edwards speaks for our troops, so does Biden.

    October 29, 2007 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
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