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    http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8VFALNO0&show_article=1 Chafee Raps Clinton As Bush Enabler Mar 17 01:28 PM US/Eastern Former GOP Senator Chafee
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      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
      president.

      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
      lawmaker.

      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.
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