Nov 28, 2007

Double whammy 

Once again living up to my original assessment (click my disclaimer on the sidebar), Bill Clinton proves he’s a jackhole.
Showing inconsistency on an issue that has dogged his wife, former President Bill Clinton told Iowa Democrats on Tuesday that he "opposed (war in) Iraq from the beginning."
Nevermind the fact that in the June 2004 issue of Time, he stated:
Think about it that way. So, you're sitting there as President, you're reeling in the aftermath of this, so, yeah, you want to go get bin Laden and do Afghanistan and all that. But you also have to say, Well, my first responsibility now is to try everything possible to make sure that this terrorist network and other terrorist networks cannot reach chemical and biological weapons or small amounts of fissile material. I've got to do that. That's why I supported the Iraq thing. There was a lot of stuff unaccounted for. So I thought the President had an absolute responsibility to go to the U.N. and say, "Look, guys, after 9/11, you have got to demand that Saddam Hussein lets us finish the inspection process." You couldn't responsibly ignore [the possibility that] a tyrant had these stocks. I never really thought he'd [use them]. What I was far more worried about was that he'd sell this stuff or give it away.
Of course, he tried to have it both ways even then, saying “I would not have done it until after Hans Blix finished his job” – which conveniently ignored the fact that Blix and his boys had been tossed out of Iraq repeatedly while Saddam played shell games with the weapons stocks that he had. Anyone who thought that Blix would ever actually get to finish inspecting anything was likely high on something.

As I drove to work this morning I was listening to Bill Bennett and a caller pointed out a brilliant bit of strategery that has yet to be tapped by either Democrats or Republicans: if Hillary wants to be treated like her years as First Lady are what qualify her for the job as President, then she should be held accountable for every policy decision that Bill ever made.

And this would probably be an even stronger move for the Democrat candidates than the Republicans. Imagine the feeding frenzy as Edwards, Obama, hell – even Kucinich – start questioning Hillary on why she didn’t fully support gay rights with her “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for the military. What about when she signed the Defense of Marriage Act, another slap in the face to the gay rights movement? Or when she approved Operation Desert Fox after signing the Iraq Liberation Act in 1998, which called for Iraqi “regime change”? And – possibly most damning of all – how could she set the groundwork for the den of horrors known as Guantanamo by implementing “extraordinary rendition” of foreign nationals? Sure, Bill was the one who actually signed on the dotted line for every one of those (and many more issues) but if she wants the credit…

Remember, with the Clintons you get two presidents for the price of one.

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