Lincoln Chafee, the only Republican senator to vote against the Iraq war, doesn't think Hillary Clinton voted for authorization because she was innocently misled by President Bush. Instead, Clinton and other Democrats acted on political self-interest in 2002, as they did not want to appear "soft" on terrorism.
Chafee's book Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President, contains some harsh words for his former colleague, Senator Clinton:
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. 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.
Chafee may have been a victim of the war he voted against. Displeasure over the Iraq war is credited with the Democratic sweep of Congress in 2006. Chafee lost his re-election bid to a Democrat. Chafee, now a registered Independent, has endorsed Barack Obama. What do you make of Chafee's strong comments against Clinton? Would you like to see more votes on principle, rather than party line, such as Chafee's vote against the war in 2002?
And, if you would like to see some vintage video of Lincoln Chafee talking about the lonely moderate Republican lunch table with Jon Stewart, read more.