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Wilson and Plame Star in New Clinton Ad

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, star in a new ad for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"Strongest Plan" is a 30-second spot that discusses Clinton's plans for ending the war in Iraq.

"Ending the Iraq war means a lot to us, and that's why we're supporting Hillary. She has been a leader in pushing the Administration for a serious exit strategy," Plame Wilson says.

"And Hillary has the strongest plan to bring our troops home, starting within 60 days," Ambassador Wilson says (he's sporting a much shorter hair cut these days, by the way).

Ambassador Wilson previously appeared in a Clinton ad that aired in Iowa.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  May 10, 2008; 5:00 AM ET Ad Watch , Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Nice, but ultimately futile.

Posted by: MB | May 10, 2008 7:31 AM

Senator Clinton helped get the mindless job started as a US Senator. It is good to know that, as a US Senator, she will work hard to support the next US President in ending it.

Posted by: Aderemi Adeyeye | May 10, 2008 7:47 AM

I still remember Hillary's vote for the Iraq war, her vote for the Kyle-Lieberman amendment and her very recent comment that she would obliterate Iran. And I'm supposed to believe that Hillary is the antiwar candidate?

Posted by: Kristin2 | May 10, 2008 7:52 AM

What a shame. I always thought of the Plames as anti-Iraq war people of strength, integrity and commitment.

But here, they passionately support someone who voted for the War and has made it one of the centerpieces of her campaign to be as bellicose as possible to prove her masculinity.

Hillary is losing. Unfortunately, the Plames' credibility goes down the drain with her.

Posted by: AAKalan | May 10, 2008 8:04 AM

The irony of it! She authorised to wage the war when majority of the world opinon was against it. Now she talks about being the right person with a right exit strategy. Give me a break. Only a few weeks ago she threatened to obliterate Iran, one of world's oldest civilisation.

On the one hand she projects herself as an agent of peace. And, before the ink gets dry, she turns into war-mongering. Can the real Hillary please stand up?!

Posted by: JISantiago | May 10, 2008 8:10 AM

OMG, what a lying cheap shot. Was it not Hillary that voted over and over; again and again to go to war?

Posted by: C. Wilson | May 10, 2008 8:36 AM

Mrs. Clinton has lost an enormous amount of respect and credibility by refusing to bow out gracefully.

Posted by: Raymond Fuchs | May 10, 2008 8:55 AM

Hillary and John McCain will make a charming couple as running mates in November.She seems to have endorsed McCain by her support of him against Obama. The only thing this power hungry couple the Clintons care about is getting back in the White House at any cost as if they have a devine right to rule over America like a monarcy. Was it not about 250 years ago we had a war to get rid of a King?

Posted by: jbunti | May 10, 2008 9:27 AM

Hillary voted along with republicans to send our military to this endless war. Now she is talking about ending it. Expediency!

Posted by: truth1 | May 10, 2008 9:36 AM

A hypocrite's anti-war stance is the strongest plan? She voted to authorize the war! Of course, she neglected to read the intelligence estimate, and she said that she thought she was voting for more negotiation, even though the title of the bill mentioned an authorization to use military force against Iraq. Now she's the best one to solve the problem? I think not. If she had the intelligence or common sense needed to get us out of Iraq, she never would have voted to get us IN to Iraq. No, I won't be fooled by this!

Posted by: simply unbelievable | May 10, 2008 9:38 AM

Joe and Valerie? Aren't they exhibit A as to why Hillz lacks wisdom?

Posted by: woowrx | May 10, 2008 9:50 AM

Do Plame & Wilson also support the "obliteration" of Iran?

Posted by: Pfffffftttttttt | May 10, 2008 9:53 AM

Am I wrong or didn't the Wilson's recently leave Washington to become members of the the Santa Fe NM aristocracy?

Posted by: artexc | May 10, 2008 9:55 AM

If I may promote the writings in a rival newspaper, the comments of Bob Herbert in the NYTimes today sum up my thoughts on the Clintons. Maybe Val & Joe ought to read it at least once before making any more recommendations.

Posted by: David | May 10, 2008 9:57 AM

Does anyone in their wildest dreams honestly think that the U.S Goverment is just going to walk away from the permmanent military bases they have in Iraq. This will never happen irregardless of who is elected President.

Posted by: sam51 | May 10, 2008 10:10 AM

People involved in the Bush Cartels years of fear and bad policies. Two people involved in the issue to expose Bush's War of choice policies as lies. Most if not all Democrats and Anericans are delighted to see them expose the Bush lies. The lies that got many of us and Hillary to be mislead into authorizing the use of force. Thank you for your views on Hillary and her run for the Presidency. OK Obama supporters, start trashing Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame with your name calling. We expect it. To Valerie and Joe, thanks from all Americans for you exposing the Bush lies.

Posted by: Valerie and Joe, THANKS | May 10, 2008 10:11 AM

Wilsons: Your hypocrisy should be astonishing. But Washington is a strange place where these traits have for too long been commonplace and even rewarded. Your ad serves as the most convincing testimonial yet for changing this. Your ad supports a vote for Barack Obama.

Posted by: alessi | May 10, 2008 11:46 AM

man for being winners, some Obama fans still sound a lot like bitter losers. why the hate? everyone who supports Hillary is a jerk? Dems aren't going to win if every Hillary supporter is demonized. grow up ppl.

Posted by: Paul | May 10, 2008 12:02 PM

This is really bizarre. I have lost some sympathy for them because they are playing the Washington insider game here. I have no clue why they would support the candidate who voted FOR THE WAR they were warning against. She's a hawk and they support her. Very weird and disheartening.

Posted by: MK | May 10, 2008 12:35 PM

I have heard that Obama was going to send the troops into Pakistan to chase the terrorists, and maintain sufficient troops in Iraq to prevent Al Queda take-over there. If he does that he is going to keep our troops in harm's way. Hillary has similar ideas. So no matter who is the president, George Bush's past policies will bind us to an unwinnable war for some more time to come.

Posted by: Nathan | May 10, 2008 12:41 PM

I am afraid that most of the people who are writing their little blurb are not really paying attention to what Hillary is really saying. She did NOT authorize
GWB II to go into his WAR with IRAQ! The only thing that the congress gave permission for was to have the INSPECTORS go into IRAQ. The thing that we have to do is get Iraq to assume responsibility for itself and get back to fighting the real war on Terrorism and if it is in Afganistan, Russia, Korea, China, or Iran or wherever Osama Bin Ladin is we will get him!

Posted by: nestacal | May 10, 2008 1:20 PM

If Hillary had at least apologized for her vote when she knew that she was voting to obliterate Iraq, people would have given her a chance. But she played tough and failed to recognize that she got us into this mess in the first place. As for Wilsons', please save what is left of your standing as victims of Cheney's hammer. If Hillary succeed in becoming the president, Mr. Wilson better get ready for another trip to Niger to track down Iranian yellow cake because that is what Hillary is going to offer as a job.

Posted by: Gabe | May 10, 2008 1:22 PM

Yes, it is awfully wierd that the Wilsons would support the candidate that started the war they fought to prevent, and who wants to start a war with Iran. But that's inside Washington for you. Pointless at this stage.

Posted by: Mark | May 10, 2008 3:10 PM

Kerry voted for the war resolution too and he's for Obama so please. Obama's 20 year judgements are poor and no resume or accomplishments. Ill / Chicago politics is very bad and he has learned to protect Exelon/ Comm. Ed. like his mentor Emil Jones Il. senate president in Comm. Ed's pocket and Axelrod, his champagne manager Exelon / Coom Ed consultant. Obama voted for Cheney's energy plan 2 years ago and watered down the nuclear saftey bill in Ill. and it never came to a vote. PLEASE!
He couldn't stop a cat.

Posted by: robin | May 10, 2008 3:15 PM

Joe Wilson, an unreformed student radical and confessed drug (ab)user, is yet another embarrassment to the Foreign Service. How Ms. Plame received and maintained security clearances at the CIA is another mystery. Their own case is damaged by supporting Hillary, the "Great I Am, Period" of the Presidential contention.

Posted by: P. Dumbarton Oakley, IV | May 10, 2008 4:15 PM

So Clintonesque: vote for me because of my stance on the Iraq war, even though I voted in support of it.

Just a few more weeks of Hillary and it will be all over! How sweet it will be.

Posted by: Amazed In WV | May 10, 2008 4:21 PM

why are we still talking about Hillary? This is so yesterday.

Posted by: bill j | May 10, 2008 4:33 PM

For being the candidate of harmony and civility, his supporters are sure full of hate. No wonder most women are for Hillary. No way can I see myself voting for a man whos followers are so vindictive. To my way of thinking a person's supporters say so much about the person themselves. Remember he can't win with only his core supporters and Hillary's supporters aren't going to vote for this vileness.

Posted by: JH | May 10, 2008 4:42 PM

Well, even though that vote to authorize force, which led to the invasion of Iraq, was ultimately a bald faced lie, nobody in the media has really parsed this, much to my cynical amazement.

What "The President" said was that Congress would authorize force, to "give the Resolution Teeth". This was to force Sadaam to allow Inspectors in. This was successful. The Inspectors were in Iraq, finding Nothing, when "The Liar" pulled them out and began Operation Iraqi Freedom with the "Shock and Awe" bombings.

So, in her defense, she didn't authorize force where it was to be explicitly applied. In essence, which may actually be worse, she and many others, were "Tricked" by Bush.

I, for one, was not. I knew Bush would be forced to expose his lies, because Sadaam was going along with everything that was asked of him. This also exposed what a Lie the "Rule of Law" is. If it worked, we would have stuck with it. Bush never intended NOT to attack Iraq. I believe he had intended to since his dad was called a "Pu$$y" for not going into Baghdad.

Plenty in his neocon cabinet were behind proposals and arguments for attacking Iraq going back 20 years, through the Rand Corporation, the Carlyle Group, the Heritage Foundation, etc...

Hillary's vote was, of course, meant to position her for a General Election Battle against the Republicans, but it sure didn't help her in the Democratic Primaries.

Again, a couple instances of "Poor Judgement" in there, but I don't hold that too much against her.

I place the blame where it belongs, while the media ignores the illegality of the whole deceptive tragedy:

Bush.

Posted by: LeftWithNoChoice | May 10, 2008 6:00 PM

Wait! Does anyone remember Senator Clinton not reading the National Intelligence Estimates Report on Iraq's WMDs prior to casting her vote FOR war authorization? Senator Obama was an Illinois State Senator and had no access to such information yet had the conviction and courage to speak against such a foolhardy action when such dissent was tantamount to treason. Now Senator Clinton co-opts the Plames for her agenda when she refuses to apologize for her vote. Hypocrisy! Sounds like, "I was against the war before I voted for it." Whatever, Senator Clinton. Whatever . . .

Posted by: Black and Bitter like Coffee | May 10, 2008 6:00 PM

Wait! Does anyone remember Senator Clinton not reading the National Intelligence Estimates Report on Iraq's WMDs prior to casting her vote FOR war authorization? Senator Obama was an Illinois State Senator and had no access to such information yet had the conviction and courage to speak against such a foolhardy action when such dissent was tantamount to treason. Now Senator Clinton co-opts the Plames for her agenda when she refuses to apologize for her vote. Hypocrisy! Sounds like, "I was against the war before I voted for it." Whatever, Senator Clinton. Whatever . . .

Posted by: Black and Bitter like Coffee | May 10, 2008 6:00 PM

I agree with JH -- the comments posted here -- and on Obama websites -- TPM and Hummington Post -- are filled with hatred.

Not a good sign for your candidate.

I commend the Wilson for this ad.

Posted by: Julie | May 10, 2008 6:01 PM

I agree with JH -- the comments posted here -- and on Obama websites -- TPM and Hummington Post -- are filled with hatred.

Not a good sign for your candidate.

I commend the Wilson for this ad.

Posted by: Julie | May 10, 2008 6:02 PM

I agree with JH -- the comments posted here -- and on Obama websites -- TPM and Hummington Post -- besides many of them being crude, they are filled with hatred besides being crude.

Not a good sign for your candidate.

I commend the Wilsons for this ad.

Posted by: Julie | May 10, 2008 6:04 PM

I agree with JH -- the comments posted here -- and on Obama websites -- TPM and Hummington Post -- are filled with hatred. I started reading those websites during this election process -- I had to quit because of the disgusting comments.

Not a good sign for your candidate.

I commend the Wilsons for this ad.

Posted by: Julie | May 10, 2008 6:06 PM

I agree with JH -- the comments posted here -- and on Obama websites -- TPM and Hummington Post -- are filled with hatred. I quit viewing those sites because of the sick comments.

Not a good sign for your candidate.

I commend the Wilsons for making this ad for Clinton.

Posted by: Julie | May 10, 2008 6:07 PM

A blog is no more than a wall on which to paint in the public square. I wouldn't take these comments too seriously. At the end of this political process we'll all make nice and move on. At least we'd better.

Posted by: morgan gale | May 10, 2008 6:08 PM

Well, even though that vote to authorize force, which led to the invasion of Iraq, was ultimately a bald faced lie, nobody in the media has really parsed this, much to my cynical amazement.

What "The President" said was that Congress would authorize force, to "give the Resolution Teeth". This was to force Saddam to allow Inspectors in. This was successful. The Inspectors were in Iraq, finding Nothing, when "The Liar" pulled them out and began Operation Iraqi Freedom with the "Shock and Awe" bombings.

So, in her defense, she didn't authorize force where it was to be explicitly applied. In essence, which may actually be worse, she and many others, were "Tricked" by Bush.

I, for one, was not. I knew Bush would be forced to expose his lies, because Sadaam was going along with everything that was asked of him. This also exposed what a Lie the "Rule of Law" is. If it worked, we would have stuck with it. Bush never intended NOT to attack Iraq. I believe he had intended to since his dad was called a "Pu$$y" for not going into Baghdad.

Plenty in his neocon cabinet were behind proposals and arguments for attacking Iraq going back 20 years, through the Rand Corporation, the Carlyle Group, the Heritage Foundation, etc...

Hillary's vote was, of course, meant to position her for a General Election Battle against the Republicans, but it sure didn't help her in the Democratic Primaries.

Again, a couple instances of "Poor Judgement" in there, but I don't hold that too much against her.

I place the blame where it belongs, while the media ignores the illegality of the whole deceptive tragedy:

Bush.

Posted by: LeftWithNoChoice | May 10, 2008 6:09 PM

A Senator votes for something for a variety of reasons. Let's give Hillery the benefit of a doubt on this one. The Wilsons know of what they speak. I think this is a powerful ad for our next President.

Posted by: Bob Hogan | May 10, 2008 6:11 PM

Well, even though that vote to authorize force, which led to the invasion of Iraq, was ultimately a bald faced lie, nobody in the media has really parsed this, much to my cynical amazement.

What "The President" said was that Congress would authorize force, to "give the Resolution Teeth". This was to force Sadaam to allow Inspectors in. This was successful. The Inspectors were in Iraq, finding Nothing, when "The Liar" pulled them out and began Operation Iraqi Freedom with the "Shock and Awe" bombings.

So, in her defense, she didn't authorize force where it was to be explicitly applied. In essence, which may actually be worse, she and many others, were "Tricked" by Bush.

I, for one, was not. I knew Bush would be forced to expose his lies, because Sadaam was going along with everything that was asked of him. This also exposed what a Lie the "Rule of Law" is. If it worked, we would have stuck with it. Bush never intended NOT to attack Iraq. I believe he had intended to since his dad was called a "Pu$$y" for not going into Baghdad.

Plenty in his neocon cabinet were behind proposals and arguments for attacking Iraq going back 20 years, through the Rand Corporation, the Carlyle Group, the Heritage Foundation, etc...

Hillary's vote was, of course, meant to position her for a General Election Battle against the Republicans, but it sure didn't help her in the Democratic Primaries.

Again, a couple instances of "Poor Judgement" in there, but I don't hold that too much against her.

I place the blame where it belongs, while the media ignores the illegality of the whole deceptive tragedy:

Bush.

Posted by: LeftWithNoChoice | May 10, 2008 6:11 PM

A Senator votes for something for a variety of reasons. Let's give Hillery the benefit of a doubt on this one. The Wilsons know of what they speak. I think this is a powerful ad for our next President.

Posted by: Bob Hogan | May 10, 2008 6:12 PM

Well, even though that vote to authorize force, which led to the invasion of Iraq, was ultimately a bald faced lie, nobody in the media has really parsed this, much to my cynical amazement.

What "The President" said was that Congress would authorize force, to "give the Resolution Teeth". This was to force Saddam to allow Inspectors in. This was successful. The Inspectors were in Iraq, finding Nothing, when "The Liar" pulled them out and began Operation Iraqi Freedom with the "Shock and Awe" bombings.

So, in her defense, she didn't authorize force where it was to be explicitly applied. In essence, which may actually be worse, she and many others, were "Tricked" by Bush.

I, for one, was not. I knew Bush would be forced to expose his lies, because Saddam was going along with everything that was asked of him. This also exposed what a Lie the "Rule of Law" is. If it worked, we would have stuck with it. Bush never intended NOT to attack Iraq. I believe he had intended to since his dad was called a "Pu$$y" for not going into Baghdad.

Plenty in his neocon cabinet were behind proposals and arguments for attacking Iraq going back 20 years, through the Rand Corporation, the Carlyle Group, the Heritage Foundation, etc...

Hillary's vote was, of course, meant to position her for a General Election Battle against the Republicans, but it sure didn't help her in the Democratic Primaries.

Again, a couple instances of "Poor Judgement" in there, but I don't hold that too much against her.

I place the blame where it belongs, while the media ignores the illegality of the whole deceptive tragedy:

Bush.

Posted by: LeftWithNoChoice | May 10, 2008 6:12 PM

A blog is no more than a wall on which to paint in the public square. I wouldn't take these comments too seriously. At the end of this political process we'll all make nice and move on. At least we'd better.

Posted by: morgan gale | May 10, 2008 6:13 PM

Valerie - How right you are. The posts of Hillary supporters have been filled with nothing but sweetness and love, sunshine and kisses.

Posted by: treetopflyer | May 10, 2008 7:06 PM

For a LONG time I have thought Valerie Plame-Wilson has been given far too much attention by the media. But then, perhaps I am just being jealous that she ...and her book...have been given such coverage! I too am a former CIA Field Case Officer who has written (and published) a book, namely "Memoir of an Alcoholic American Spy"...based upon my CIA work in France during the height of the (first) Cold War.
But on second thought, Valerie is much
prettier than I am!...and I really do not care about her politics, one way or the other. Je m'en fous, as the French would say.

Posted by: Allen Anderson | May 10, 2008 7:28 PM

Bravo to the following:

"I still remember Hillary's vote for the Iraq war, her vote for the Kyle-Lieberman amendment and her very recent comment that she would obliterate Iran. And I'm supposed to believe that Hillary is the antiwar candidate?"

Posted by: Kristin2 | May 10, 2008 7:52 AM

Posted by: HillBillyBill | May 10, 2008 7:48 PM

Most of you posters are pathetic, nasty, evil creeps. Why would anyone want to support your candidate, it's apparent by these rants that only evil people seem to support him. It's gross and disgusting.

Posted by: mtrav | May 10, 2008 8:02 PM

Hillary spent the day fund raising in NY today. She doesn't care about anything but money now.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 10, 2008 8:05 PM

Most of you posters are pathetic, nasty, evil creeps. Why would anyone want to support your candidate, it's apparent by these rants that only evil people seem to support him. It's gross and disgusting.

Posted by: mtrav | May 10, 2008 8:06 PM

not bad no neg.

Posted by: change | May 10, 2008 8:28 PM

not bad no neg.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 10, 2008 8:28 PM

That the Wilsons threw in their lot with Hillary and Bill is a great mystery and a huge disappointment to those who admired the integrity and courage they showed by facing down the untruths and reprisals of Chimpie and Cheenie. Surely Ambassador Wilson could see what Hillary is up to, when neocons like Indyk and Pollack are at her elbow advising on Middle East policy. Surely he saw the implications of Hillary's vote to help Bush invade and occupy Iraq illegally and unnecessarily. Surely he sees the peril of the Kyl-Lieberman ploy and Hillary's shameless, careless threat to "obliterate" 70 million Iranians, most of whom constitute America's greatest admirers in the Middle East. Ambassador Wilson is a clever, articulate, ethical public servant. Why would he hitch his star to the likes of Hillary?

Posted by: almaden | May 10, 2008 9:06 PM

Don't be too hard on the Wilsons.
True, the logic for this endorsement is dumbfounding; but more tellingly it reflects much more on the Clintons' total desperation!
Now that the 18 cents a gallon tax holiday had proven ineffective and actually harmful to her campaign, she is flailing around for another issue. The fact that she had to resort to bringing up an issue which actually highlights her gross error in judgment meant they had emptied the kitchen sink and is now using the bathtub!
The more she insists on prolonging the campaign with the inevitable negativity she and her husband like to fling, the more they sank in their stature and credibility. What a pitiful legacy to leave when they could have been forever held in high regard by a good portion of the people!
Sad, to be how their dynastic obsession has dragged them to such lows!

Posted by: kkwm | May 10, 2008 9:31 PM

Don't be too hard on the Wilsons.
True, the logic for this endorsement is dumbfounding; but more tellingly it reflects much more on the Clintons' total desperation!
Now that the 18 cents a gallon tax holiday had proven ineffective and actually harmful to her campaign, she is flailing around for another issue. The fact that she had to resort to bringing up an issue which actually highlights her gross error in judgment meant they had emptied the kitchen sink and is now using the bathtub!
The more she insists on prolonging the campaign with the inevitable negativity she and her husband like to fling, the more they sank in their stature and credibility. What a pitiful legacy to leave when they could have been forever held in high regard by a good portion of the people!
Sad, to be how their dynastic obsession has dragged them to such lows!

Posted by: kkwm | May 10, 2008 9:39 PM

Don't be too hard on the Wilsons.
True, the logic for this endorsement is dumbfounding; but more tellingly it reflects much more on the Clintons' total desperation!
Now that the 18 cents a gallon tax holiday had proven ineffective and actually harmful to her campaign, she is flailing around for another issue. The fact that she had to resort to bringing up an issue which actually highlights her gross error in judgment meant they had emptied the kitchen sink and is now using the bathtub!
The more she insists on prolonging the campaign with the inevitable negativity she and her husband like to fling, the more they sank in their stature and credibility. What a pitiful legacy to leave when they could have been forever held in high regard by a good portion of the people!
Sad, to be how their dynastic obsession has dragged them to such lows!

Posted by: kkwm | May 10, 2008 9:39 PM

Thanks to the Wilsons for making the campaign commercial for Hillary. As professional people who were wrongfully attacked because Joe revealed the lie regarding Bush's assertion about nuclear weaponry in Iraq, they are important spokespeople whose credentials are unassailable. Those who attack Hillary's vote should remember that she was given information that was incorrect as a basis for that vote. Unfortunately, there was no Joe Wilson available to tell her that the intelligence supplied to senators by the Bush Administration was bogus.

As one who has opposed the Iraq war from the first hint of it, I do not believe that Hillary would have rushed into a conflict with Iraq, had she been president. She would have relied on her intelligence and military advisors; they were not in favor of it.

Posted by: bjbprice | May 10, 2008 9:45 PM

Thanks to the Wilsons for making the campaign commercial for Hillary. As professional people who were wrongfully attacked because Joe revealed the lie regarding Bush's assertion about nuclear weaponry in Iraq, they are important spokespeople whose credentials are unassailable. Those who attack Hillary's vote should remember that she was given information that was incorrect as a basis for that vote. Unfortunately, there was no Joe Wilson available to tell her that the intelligence supplied to senators by the Bush Administration was bogus.

As one who has opposed the Iraq war from the first hint of it, I do not believe that Hillary would have rushed into a conflict with Iraq, had she been president. She would have relied on her intelligence and military advisors; they were not in favor of it.

Posted by: bjbprice | May 10, 2008 9:45 PM

Thanks to the Wilsons for making the campaign commercial for Hillary. As professional people who were wrongfully attacked because Joe revealed the lie regarding Bush's assertion about nuclear weaponry in Iraq, they are important spokespeople whose credentials are unassailable. Those who attack Hillary's vote should remember that she was given information that was incorrect as a basis for that vote. Unfortunately, there was no Joe Wilson available to tell her that the intelligence supplied to senators by the Bush Administration was bogus.

As one who has opposed the Iraq war from the first hint of it, I do not believe that Hillary would have rushed into a conflict with Iraq, had she been president. She would have relied on her intelligence and military advisors; they were not in favor of it.

Posted by: bjbprice | May 10, 2008 9:45 PM

Don't be too hard on the Wilsons.
True, the logic for this endorsement is dumbfounding; but more tellingly it reflects much more on the Clintons' total desperation!
Now that the 18 cents a gallon tax holiday had proven ineffective and actually harmful to her campaign, she is flailing around for another issue. The fact that she had to resort to bringing up an issue which actually highlights her gross error in judgment meant they had emptied the kitchen sink and is now using the bathtub!
The more she insists on prolonging the campaign with the inevitable negativity she and her husband like to fling, the more they sank in their stature and credibility. What a pitiful legacy to leave when they could have been forever held in high regard by a good portion of the people!
Sad, to be how their dynastic obsession has dragged them to such lows!

Posted by: kkwm | May 10, 2008 9:51 PM

the Obama camp is not interested in talking to mature experienced folks unless they are like Kennedy, Kerry, etc. who are providing support to him. In any case, Obama cannot get the US out of Iraq (some cosmetic changes perhaps) or pull the economy out of it problems. IN a way the failure will adhere to him. The situation is very bad and it will take more than 8 years to correct - and if he is the president, which is doubtful, he will fail. His backers are aware of this but some of them are hell bent on getting back at Bill Clinton and Hillary is an easy target since Bill is out of their reach and does need any thing personally from them,

Posted by: hrao | May 10, 2008 9:59 PM

In reference to the Wilson ad, a comment above observes, "more tellingly, it reflects much more on the Clintons' total desperation!" That is what i thought. I wonder what owed favor Hillary called in to get the testimony in this ad.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 10, 2008 10:01 PM

In reference to the Wilson ad, a comment above observes, "more tellingly, it reflects much more on the Clintons' total desperation!" That is what i thought. I wonder what owed favor Hillary called in to get the testimony in this ad.

Posted by: Kristin2 | May 10, 2008 10:03 PM

I read Valerie's book, "Fair Game," telling the story of how her husband Joseph Wilson was commissioned to investigate the claim that Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Very good writer, about one week following Wilson's report, Bush made claim of wmd's on TV. He is a long time diplomat, in Africa and middleast I believe. I think this is a big endorsement. I think we have to decide who we can trust and avoid personality and so called great words, what great civil rights speech, he was trying to get out of trouble.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 10, 2008 10:33 PM

Let's also remember that many in the media who, in 2007/8, have been attacking Clinton for her vote on the Iraq Resolution, were themselves, in 2002/3, acting as cheerleaders for Bush and the war. One of them is Obama's highest profile supporter, Oprah Winfrey.

Posted by: Sam | May 10, 2008 11:10 PM

Hillary supporters who claim she didn't know she was voting for invasion are delusional. How do they explain the fact that Hillary continued to loudly support the war for about TWO YEARS after the invasion, even long after it emerged there was no WMD.

Some Hillary fan below claims she was only voting to let the inspectors back in. Where do you get this rubbish? It was the US that kicked the inspectors out, ordering them to leave on the eve of invasion because it "couldn't guarantee their safety".

She knew what she was doing, even if her fans still don't.

Posted by: OD | May 10, 2008 11:10 PM

I guess this means that the Wilsons must belong to that hard-working, white demographic, without college educations, that are so supportive of Hillary. Let's face it - the Clintons have always been about themselves, no matter the cost to what little integrity they may have once had. With the Wilsons, it's now guilt by association. They have squandered any respect I once had for them. It goes without saying that the Clintons lost their way years ago.

Posted by: Rob | May 10, 2008 11:52 PM

I guess this means that the Wilsons must belong to that hard-working, white demographic, without college educations, that are so supportive of Hillary. Let's face it - the Clintons have always been about themselves, no matter the cost to what little integrity they may have once had. With the Wilsons, it's now guilt by association. They have squandered any respect I once had for them. It goes without saying that the Clintons lost their way years ago.

Posted by: Rob | May 10, 2008 11:52 PM

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