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Clinton’s response to the last question about being tested, was her home run that gave her a standing ovation at the end of tonight’s debate. 

She said no matter how she’s been tested, her challenge would never rise to the level of the wounded Iraq War soldier who’d had his face disfigured by a roadside explosive.  Her moving remark brought a tear to my eye, as I'm sure it did many others. 

But, then I went to the restroom during the station break.  While I was in there alone, away from the rousing ovation of the gathered Democrats . . . something dawned on me, that left me nauseated. 

If Hillary Clinton hadn’t taken the politically expedient road, when public pressure was pro-war, and voted to give Bush the power to go to war in Iraq . . . 

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That soldier wouldn’t have his disfigured face.  For her to use him in a calculated effort to hit a home run by pulling at our heartstrings, is beneath contempt. 

It had better be Obama in November, because I don’t think I can hold my nose hard enough to pull the lever for Hillary at this point.

About a week before the war began, a local news affiliate came to my home to film me watching Bush's go-to-war-soon speech, and to get my response.

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I looked at that camera knowing that most of my neighbors were pro-war, and most of my business associates in the city were pro-war, and I said, "I hope America is ready to send their children into war based on a lie, because that is what they will be doing."

I explained to the news reporter that Hussein's son-in-law, who Bush quoted to prove Iraq had WMD because he was the head of Iraq's weapons program before defecting to Jordan . . . had also said in the same testimony THAT IRAQ HAD DESTROYED THEIR WMD, as well as the documents on them. 

Which is why the inspectors couldn't find the documents.  Bush said that they hid the documents to hide the weapons.  Anyone who did a modicum of research knew that was a lie.  The corporate media knew it was a lie, and Hillary knew it was a lie.

This was public knowledge. I knew it.  Hillary knew it.  And the corporate media knew it.  The difference between me and them, is I said it . . . and they all hid it, thereby participating in Bush's lie that led us all into war.

Hillary could have spoken out like I did.  She didn't.

And today that soldier she used, the one with the melted face, she used to get a tear and standing ovation tonight . . . has a life of disfigurement ahead of him.

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It is time for politicians to be held accountable for their decisions.

McCaine should be held accountable for supporting the war.  Hillary should be held accountable for voting to go to war.  I know she claims she didn't think Bush would use the power for other than a threat to get weapons inpectors in.

We all know better.  We all knew exactly what Bush would do with that power.

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By William E. Douglas, Jr., who is author of "The Amateur Parent -- A Book on Life, Death, War & Peace, and Everything Else in the Universe." Bill has been a guest columnist for the Kansas City Star, The Business Journal, and other media worldwide. (more...)

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