Former U.S. Bob Graham of Florida has an I-told-you-so moment in an excerpt from a controversial new book on Hillary Clinton.
The New York Times' excerpt from "Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton," by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr., focuses on Clinton's vote to authorize military action in Iraq.
The authors note that the National Intelligence Estimate, the most comprehensive report from the intelligence community about weapons of mass destruction, was available to all 100 senators. But apparently only six senators personally read the report.
"The question of whether Clinton took the time to read the N.I.E. report is critically important,'' the article says. "Indeed, one of Clinton’s Democratic colleagues, Bob Graham, the Florida senator who was then the chairman of the intelligence committee, said he voted against the resolution on the war, in part, because he had read the complete N.I.E. report. Graham said he found that it did not persuade him that Iraq possessed W.M.D. As a result, he listened to Bush’s claims more skeptically.
“I was able to apply caveat emptor,” Graham, who has since left the Senate, observed in 2005. He added regretfully, “Most of my colleagues could not."
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