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Martin O'Malley Makes Veiled Critique Of Clinton's Iraq War Vote

"Leading us into Iraq under false pretenses... was one of the worst blunders in American history."

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley made a veiled but sharp critique Tuesday of Hillary Clinton's vote to support the Iraq War.

"Leading us into Iraq under false pretenses and telling us, as a people, that there were weapons of mass destruction there was one of the worst blunders in American history," O'Malley said during Tuesday's Democratic debate, raising his voice. "But the reason why people remain angry about it is because people feel like a lot of our legislators got railroaded in a war fever and by polls."

O'Malley then pivoted to say "a no-fly zone in Syria would be a mistake," a policy Clinton supports. O'Malley said he worried about getting into an air war with Russia if asked to enforce a no-fly zone.

"I support President Obama. I think we have to play a long game," O'Malley said.

Clinton defended the policy as a threat to get Russian President Vladimir Putin to come to the table.

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