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18 September 2005

The Clintons Switch-Hitting

I find it amusing that Bill Clinton is now saying that the US invaded Iraq "virtually alone and before UN inspections were completed, with no real urgency, no evidence that there were weapons of mass destruction." (source)

...when he himself had previous said...

"On the other side, France, Germany and Russia are adamantly opposed to the use of force or imposing any ultimatum on Saddam as long as the inspectors are working. They believe that, at least as long as the inspectors are there, Iraq will not use or give away its chemical and biological stocks, and therefore, no matter how unhelpful Saddam is, he does not pose a threat sufficient to justify invasion. After 150,000 US forces were deployed to the Gulf, they concluded the US was not willing to give inspections a chance anyway.

The problem with their position is that only the threat of force from the US and the UK got inspectors back into Iraq in the first place. Without a credible threat of force, Saddam will not disarm.

There is, too, as both Britain and America agree, some risk of Saddam using or transferring his weapons to terrorists. There is as well the possibility that more angry young Muslims can be recruited to terrorism. But if we leave Iraq with chemical and biological weapons, after 12 years of defiance, there is a considerable risk that one day these weapons will fall into the wrong hands and put many more lives at risk than will be lost in overthrowing Saddam. " (source)

....and Hillary, too: "Sen. Clinton fully supports the steps the president has taken to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction," said Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines." (source)

I must be at the beach for all the flip-flops around here.


At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 4:13 AM, Blogger Manchild said...

So, let me get this straight...

If you hold an opinion, based on incorrect information, fine. But then if you get accurate information, you must never ever revise your initial opinion, because it would be regarded as a flip-flop?

This is what republicans mean by "staying the course", is it?

Now we know we're going the wrong way, but DAMN IT, we're not turning around NOW!!

Why, that's just brilliant. :rolleyes:

At 8:48 AM, Blogger The K Man said...

MC, Clinton is not saying "We made a mistake, realized it, and changed our mind"... he's saying that there NEVER was a reason from the beginning when, very clearly, he DID see a reason before.

He's just pandering to the leftist Bush-haters when he himself once acknowledged the SAME THING that he now criticizes the president about. I could muster up some degree of respect for him if he would now say, "In light of what we learned, I no longer support the war..." but instead he acts like it was a horrendous mistake from the very get-go... while he and his little wife supported it back then. He is obviously trying to distance himself from any support for the war, either past or present, to stay right in line with a fickle, rather clueless population.

At 1:13 PM, Blogger Manchild said...

I disagree. I think that his comments are obviously spoken with the benefit of hindsight.

Look at his comments in support of the war. There is the tacit assumption that Iraq HAD weapons.

"There is, too, as both Britain and America agree, some risk of Saddam using or transferring his weapons to terrorists."

In other words, back then, they were not even entertaining the notion that they had been LIED to about WMD's.

Now, today, knowing what we all know, Clinton can absolutely say "It was a mistake"

He's not apportioning blame for that mistake (something I would be very quick to do, myself) so he's not Bush bashing in the way you claim. If he was, he could have made a much stronger statement, and cited evidence, that Bush deliberately brought the US to invade Iraq.

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Kate said...

I think that his comments are obviously spoken with the benefit of hindsight.
Yeah, that was my impression as well, though I didn't comment because I really haven't had time to read all of it.


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