Skip to comments.Bill Clinton: No Basis to Attack Iraq
Posted on 09/18/2005 10:56:31 AM PDT by wagglebee
Contradicting his previous statements on the Iraq war, ex-President Bill Clinton said Sunday that there was no basis to attack the rogue nation when President Bush began the Iraq war two years ago.
"The administration . . . decided to launch this invasion virtually alone and before the U.N. inspections were completed - with no real urgency, no evidence that there was any weapons of mass destruction there," he complained to ABC's "This Week."
"I didn't not favor what was done," Clinton said.
"I thought that diverted our attention from [Afghanistan] and al Qaida and undermined the support that we might have had," he said. "But what's done is done."
Clinton's comments represented a marked shift from the position he took as president.
"We have to defend our future from these predators of the 21st century," he warned in a Feb. 1998 speech.
"And they will be all the more lethal if we allow them to build arsenals of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them. . . . There is no more clear example of this threat than Saddam Hussein's Iraq. His regime threatens the safety of his people, the stability of his region and the security of all the rest of us."
But the ex-president suggested Sunday that deposing Saddam by military force had been a mistake.
Asked if he thought the U.S. had a strategy for victory in Iraq, Clinton told "This Week": "Well, if we do it's not working right now."
If he were president, Clinton said he'd make stabilizing Afghanistan a bigger priority than securing Iraq.
"The only thing I would sacrifice [Iraq] to is if I felt we were going to lose in Afghanistan. We cannot lose in Afghanistan. We cannot let the Taliban come back. We cannot let Karzai fail. We cannot relax our efforts to try to keep undermining the al Qaida because that's still, by far, a bigger threat to our security."
he lost opportunities to nail a major supplier of terrorism quite a few times in Sudan and elsewhere. He has no room to talk.
Can someone tell me why we should pay ANY attention to this boob?? I mean seriously, if it weren't for him and Somalia, Al Quacks would never have gotten started! A$$holio. He is the one that let the Sanctions erode in Iraq in the 90's. He is more responsible for what is happening in the Middle East than this sophmoric statement leads one to believe.
I guess the Snake got to him and reminded him of what the Party's line is!
"It's all Bush's fault!"
And they wonder why we think they are loosers!
"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program." - President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998 |
"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." - Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002
MikeinIraq: No Basis to Believe Slick Willie
Please, anyone...we need a STFU graphic BAD.
The more Slick Willie opens his mouth, the more he sounds like Jimmah Cahtuh. I guess his mistress in Chappaqua isn't keeping him busy.
"no evidence that there was any weapons of mass destruction there"
I remember him saying the exact opposite a year or two ago, this guy is lying through his teeth but what else is new.
He did not have a reason to attack those women either, did he?
arrgh, ya beat me
I guess he believes that the only reason to attack Iraq is if the House of Representatives is about to vote to impeach you, and by commencing aerial bombardment of Baghdad you can get Democrats to press for postponement of the vote until the next session when more Democrats will be seated in the House, on the grounds that Americans must show support for President and for our troops who are in harm's way.
Kinda sums up the entire filthy existence of both him and The Former Twelfth Lady.
Clinton had no reason to attack Yugoslavia.
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