NEW YORK (AFP) - Former US President Bill Clinton blasted US foreign policy adopted in the wake of the September 11 attacks, arguing the United States cannot kill, jail or occupy all of its adversaries.
“Our paradigm now seems to be: something terrible happened to us on September 11, and that gives us the right to interpret all future events in a way that everyone else in the world must agree with us,” said Clinton, who spoke at a seminar of governance organized by Conference Board.
“And if they don’t, they can go straight to hell.”
The Democratic former president, who preceded George W. Bush at the White House, said that sooner or later the United States had to find a way to cooperate with the world at large.
“We can’t run,” Clinton pointed out. “If you got an interdependent world, and you cannot kill, jail or occupy all your adversaries, sooner or later you have to make a deal.”
He said he believed Washington overreacted to German and French opposition to US plans for military action against Iraq and suggested that the current administration had trouble juggling foreign and domestic issues.
“Since September 11, it looks like we can’t hold two guns at the same time,” Clinton said. “If you fight terrorism, you can’t make America a better place to be.”
When I finish laughing at this joke of a man, I will address each of his comments individually. I mean, what an ass. First he ignores a longstanding tradition of former presidents critizing the current administration. Sure, it’s just a tradition, but ignoring it in wholesale fashion shows what kind of person this is.
Now, onto his comments.
“something terrible happened to us on September 11, and that gives us the right to interpret all future events in a way that everyone else in the world must agree with us”
Well, yeah. When it comes to terrorism and threats of societal destruction, mainly our own, it does give us a right to tell others they’re with us or with the terrorists. Do you notice how Clinton trivializes 9/11….’sure it was bad, I feel your pain, but if anyone in the world disagrees with us we should be the first to give in and appease… how dare we ask others to hold themselves to a higher standard’….
Hell, afterall, this is the president that was held to no standard whatsoever.
“If you got an interdependent world, and you cannot kill, jail or occupy all your adversaries, sooner or later you have to make a deal.”
So let me get this straight. Clinton is proposing that at some point we need to make a deal with the terrorists. Interesting. Of course, this is coming from a man who sold nuclear secrets to the Chinese in exchange for campaign donations. He’s suggesting that we give in to the demands of the terrorists at some point in the hopes that will stop the assault on American interests. He’s saying a payoff is in order. ‘give them what they want and they’ll leave us alone’….. you ignorant, draft-dodging coward.
“He said he believed Washington overreacted to German and French opposition to US plans for military action against Iraq and suggested that the current administration had trouble juggling foreign and domestic issues.”
Of course he thinks we overreacted to the German and French. This is the guy who said it was “just about sex” when he lied to the American population, destroyed and hid evidence and lied under oath. Anything can be whittled down to a “simple misunderstanding” with a guy who can parse the meaning of the word “is”. I also think it’s ironic he says this in light of the evidence our soldiers have found in Iraq regarding Germany and France’s deals with Saddam in violation of international law and at a detriment to our troops. He hates the U.S. military and supports any method to get rid of it, legally or not.
With respect to juggling foreign and domestic issues, I damn near choked on my Dr. Pepper when I read this. Clinton is the guy who rode the wave of a good economy without having to put much effort into it, and STILL managed to enjoy the massacre in Mogadishu, the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole, the rise of Osama bin laden and failure to capture him when foreign governments offered him to the U.S. on a silver platter THREE TIMES, the proliferation of al Qaeda worldwide, the continued assault on Israel and last, but not least, years and years of corporate scandal involving Enron, Global Crossing, Tyco, etc. Please explain to me how Clinton did squat either foreign or domestically.
Mr. Clinton, you are an absolute shame to this country. You side with the appeasers of this world who would give anybody their asking price and call it “foreign relations”. You side with the war protestors of the war on Iraq who DID give aid and comfort to Saddam. You carry yourself like those who faded into history as nothing more than a footnote. If it weren’t for your obnoxious, self-serving, loathsome and disgusting need for publicity, you too would be shelved away somewhere in the annals of American history as a man who stood for nothing, wanted everything and in the end left a legacy of deceit, corruption, terror and shame.
Don’t go away mad, Clinton…. just go the f— away!!!