Former GOP Senator Raps Clinton As Bush Enabler
Chafee Raps Clinton As Bush Enabler
Mar 17 01:28 PM US/Eastern
Former GOP Senator Chafee Endorses Obama
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, the lone
Republican senator to vote against the Iraq war, calls
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton one of the "Democratic
Bush enablers" who failed to stand up to the
In a new book, Chafee, who is backing Clinton rival
Sen. Barack Obama, skewers Clinton and other
Democratic White House hopefuls who said they were
duped by Bush into voting for the war.
"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."
Chafee says top Democrats put their political
ambitions first in the fall of 2002.
"They were afraid that Republicans would label them
soft in the post- September 11 world, and when they
acted on that political self- interest, they helped
the president send thousands of Americans and
uncounted innocent Iraqis to their doom," he writes.
Last year, Chafee changed his party affiliation and
became an independent. He recently endorsed Obama, who
spoke out against the war in 2002 as an Illinois state
Chafee's hopes for a second full term in 2006 were
dashed by Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. Clinton was
among leading Democrats, including Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who campaigned in Rhode
Island for Whitehouse.
Chafee's book is titled "Against The Tide: How a
Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President." He
succeeded his father, the late Sen. John Chafee, in
the Senate in 1999 after the elder Chafee's death.