Skip to comments.Bill Clinton Flatly Asserts He Opposed War at Start
Posted on 11/27/2007 6:25:39 PM PST by jdm
During a campaign swing for his wife, former President Bill Clinton said flatly yesterday that he opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning a statement that is more absolute than his comments before the invasion in March 2003.
Before the invasion, Mr. Clinton did not precisely declare that he opposed the war. A week before military action began, however, he did say that he preferred to give weapons inspections more time and that an invasion was not necessary to topple Saddam Hussein.
At the same time, he also spoke supportively about the 2002 Senate resolution that authorized military action against Iraq.
Advisers to Mr. Clinton said yesterday that he did oppose the war, but that it would have been inappropriate at the time for him, a former president, to oppose in a direct, full-throated manner the sitting presidents military decision.
Mr. Clinton has said several times since the war began that he would not have attacked Iraq in the manner that President Bush had done. As early as June 2004, he said, I would not have done it until after Hans Blix finished the job, referring to the weapons inspections there before the war.
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Yeah, right. Hillary consults him before she makes any decisions herself. So why did she vote to go into Iraq, then?
He’s lying....What else is new?
I was opposed to Clintoon before he started.
The reason he opposes the war is that it shows just how weak he truly was and is. He had EIGHT YEARS to try and avoid the war. He didn’t do jack about terrorism. Bush is. It makes X42 look more like the loser he is. So, that, in a nutshell, is why klinton opposes the war.
Bill and Hill are the biggest Bloviators ever!
“Bill Clinton Flatly Asserts He Opposed War at Start”
I believe him.
Because he had reasons to oppose another President “neutralizing”
Saddam and Sons.
Because, to hijack the title of a PBS Frontline segment, President
Bill Clinton went “Gunning For Saddam” and all he shot...
(translation: he didn’t want another President, especially a Republican
President to succeed where Bill Clinton had really truly FAILED.)
“Gunning For Saddam”
(It irritates me that I have to “tip the hate” to PBS/Frontline for
exposing Bill Clinton’s “less-than-excellent” adventure in trying to
depose Saddam. Sure didn’t hear much of the reportage in this PBS
special being broadcast on MSM outlets when Bubba was Pres.)
What a jerk! It was just a matter of time for him to come up with this.
History and the civilized world will judge these useful idiots harshly.
Post #8 might be of interest.
EASILY proved a lie... look up his statement where he said that he wished he had been a War President... he praised Bush highly... but the polls were 78% for War then!
I distinctly remember Clinton making public statements that he supported the conclusion that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction and that the situation had not changed since he went to congress for approval to go into Iraq. Of course, Clinton never did it, but that was only because he didn’t have the guts.
Must suck to have syphilis dementia.
“The community of nations may see more and more of the very kind of threat Iraq poses now: a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists. If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow.” — Bill Clinton in 1998
Gee, Slick. YA THINK? The blood of the 3K plus soldiers who have died in Iraq & Afghanistan is on HIS hands, as far as I’m concerned. Fiddling & diddling while Rome burned. What an @ss.
[Before the invasion, Mr. Clinton said there were alternatives to war. . .Hes finally destroying his missiles, so lets give him a certain date in which, in this time, he has to destroy the missiles. . .Im for regime change, too, but theres more than one way to do it. We dont invade everybody whose regime we want to change.]
If the invasion was to take place the optimum time was before the high temperatures of late spring and summer for which much of the U.S. force was not acclimated. Saddam knew this and would drag out the inspections as long as possible.
Plans for the invasion of Iraq were drawn up by the staff of Clinton’s National Security Council. In the last two years of the Clinton Administration the Iraq policy changed from sanctions/negotiation to regime change.
Kenneth Pollock of Clinton’s NSC advocated invasion in 2002:
May 19, 2003- (Associated Press): (snip) Former President Bill Clinton, “I supported the president when he asked for authority to stand up against weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but we cant be forever strong abroad if we dont keep getting better at home, Clinton said Sunday to a crowd of about 8,000. [ ] The Bush administration, Clinton said, is still focused on defeating terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, and thats good, but not good enough.”
April 14, 2003 (Minneapolis Star Tribune): In his first speech in Minnesota since leaving office, former President Bill Clinton on Sunday praised President Bushs handling of the war in Iraq. But he criticized Bushs domestic priorities and urged the administration to offer North Korea aid and a pledge of nonaggression in exchange for an end to that countrys missile and nuclear weapons programs. [Minneapolis Star Tribune, 4/14/03]
Depends on what the meaning of the word "war" is. ...and "opposed". ...and "start."
Isn’t Bill the first person to have called for regime change in Iraq?
Bill Clinton, as usual is a congenital liar.
Someone should stuff a sock in his mouth, and send him to Iraq for a bicycle tour through Halabjah. One wonders how far he would get on his mountain bike?
Same here. I can still remember seeing his face on the cover of Newsweek or Time, can’t remember. Just looking at him I said to myself “this guy is going to be bad trouble.”
Nothing I have seen, read or heard since has changed my mind about that.
To the ‘toon: So? Who cares?
But opposing a sitting president's military decisions now is perfectly okay. Whatever, Bill.
Notice how they use a question mark - as if it's really up for debate. LOL!
But it is OK now????? Right, tell us another lie Willy.
Is bill’s name (somewhere) on the oil for food program, run out of the UN, under an alias? If hill can turn $10 grand into $100 grand in the commodities market, bill can have an alias?
The man is a liar-he can't help himself--so's his wife.
He also flatly stated that he “did not have sex with that woman...”
The day that he dies, the video of him wagging his finger, denying his plumper, will be played far and wide. (wider even than Hillary’s ample, pantsuited arse) And forevermore, that will be the most remembered image of him.
Who cares? He doesn’t hold any sort of office, he’s just an everyday nobody like the rest of us.
Billy Bob basically started this whole thing by not nipping it in the bud when he had the chance. I guess he was just to busy with Monica
Right and your approved oil for food program was making Saddam more powerful. I simply cannot believe that these idots get away with changing history simply because they state it.
Ok so finally the war in Iraq is over we have won the peace. The ME is a bastion of freedom and this directly reduces the terror threat to the U.S. history approves of the way that George W. Bush handled the crisis...
WHAT THEN ... will the Rats claim that it was they who sponsored the whole shabang....
I loathe the bastards.
Uh, Mr Clinton, excuse me a$$hole, but it is still inappropriate for you to comment on your replacement's performance. As for the 'full throated' reference, I am certain that you had Ms Lewinski in mind as a regression to your past perversions!!!
he's a pitiful spectacle, really, and getting more so with each appearance on the public stage.
gimme an “s,” as in “thinks.”
I would not have done it until after Hans Blix finished the job. BC
Hans Blix would still be looking and we’d still be waiting...
It’s interesting that many of the Dems have been consistently wrong on everything. First, they supported the war, and voted to invade based on the threat of WMD. Then it turned out they were wrong because there were no WMDs.
Now they oppose the war, and demand that we withdraw even though we’ve already won it.
I really don’t know how anyone can be so consistently wrong in everything. You’d think, “even a stopped clock is right twice a day.”
It appears that the Dem clock is not stopped, or even slow—just set to the wrong time. As a result, it is always wrong.
Yep. Back then, Slick Willie opposed "war" with Saddam as much as the anti-Huckabee freepers opposed "socialist" Mike Huckabee when they gave him a standing ovation at the FR inaugural ball in 2005.
Let the facts of what was said speak for themselves. History revisionists truly have no shame.
BJ “I loathe the military” Clinton triangulating for the nearest broad.
[projectile vomiting on] Yeah, uh-huh...[projectile vomiting off]
So Bill Clinton lied AGAIN. This is news?
He loathes the military. His response to WTC 93, the USS Cole, and Somalia willing to give him the ringleader supports his claim.
Thou shalt not bear false witness.
He mocks God every time he opens his mouth.
In the century we’re leaving, America has often made the difference between chaos and community, fear and hope. Now, in the new century, we’ll have a remarkable opportunity to shape a future more peaceful than the past, but only if we stand strong against the enemies of peace.
Tonight, the United States is doing just that. May God bless and protect the brave men and women who are carrying out this vital mission and their families. And may God bless America.
“No sex with that woman either”
Thou shalt not bear false witness.
He mocks God every time he opens his mouth.”
bill clinton never believed in GOD. I will never capitalize the clintons. We have been shamed enough.