Hillary Clinton is taking more hits today for her stand on Iran in the wake of a blockbuster new intelligence assessment that concludes that Iran stopped its nuclear weapons program four years ago.
She is the only US senator of those seeking the Democratic presidential nomination who voted in September for a resolution declaring Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group. Her rivals have been pressing the case that the resolution encouraged the Bush administration to move toward military action -- and have been pointing out that Clinton also voted to authorize the war in Iraq, where weapons of mass destruction -- the ostensible reason for the invasion -- were never found.
"The only difference this time is that we didn't start a disastrous war before we found out that the intelligence didn't hold up," Chris Dodd said in a statement. "Our experience should have shown us the danger in trusting this administration as it marched to war....Unfortunately, Senator Clinton instead chose to lend credence to the administration's position.
"It's easy to say 'fool me once, shame on George Bush,' but when she's been fooled twice, shame on her."
Iran is also Topic A of the Democratic debate in Iowa now airing on National Public Radio, and Clinton's rivals are going after her.
"Among the Democratic candidates, there's only one who voted for this resolution," John Edwards said of Clinton.
Clinton defended her vote, arguing that it was not a vote for military action, but instead for economic sanctions and enhanced diplomacy
"None of us is advocating a rush to war," she said during the debate. "We have two different ways of approaching this. We have the same goal."