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Presidential regret: They have a few
CNN ^ | 1.27.09

Posted on 01/27/2009 10:34:40 AM PST by meandog

Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton appeared together at a question-and-answer forum before the National Automobile Dealers Association in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Asked his biggest regret after leaving office, Bush said he now wonders whether he should have tried to get Saddam Hussein to leave office at the end of the first Gulf War in 1991.

He told the gathering, "I've thought a lot about it, but at the end of Desert Storm, the question was should we have kind of kept going on that road to death and all this slaughter until Saddam Hussein showed up and laid his sword on the table, surrendered. And the common wisdom was he wouldn't do that."

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TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: bush; bush41; clinton; nada; regrets; x42
George "Read My Lips" Bush: "I didn't get Saddam Hussein!"

Bill "Look What I Put on Monica's Lips" Clinton: "I didn't stop Rwanda genocide!"

1 posted on 01/27/2009 10:34:40 AM PST by meandog
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To: meandog

HW, I would include not going into Bagdad. You bowed before international opinion, the Clinton way.


2 posted on 01/27/2009 10:37:11 AM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: meandog
the question was should we have kind of kept going on that road to death and all this slaughter until Saddam Hussein showed up and laid his sword on the table, surrendered. And the common wisdom was he wouldn't do that."

Amazing how they knew back then that Sadam would instead, crawl into a hole in the ground until we found him.

3 posted on 01/27/2009 10:45:25 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: meandog

Bush I should have let The Bear go after him in Baghdad..But Powell put a stop to that.
Clinton,,he should regret having been elected.


4 posted on 01/27/2009 10:47:20 AM PST by celtic gal
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To: meandog

And when GHWB ordered Gen. Schwartzkopf to stop the pursuit of Saddam Hussein, my wife and I came up out of our seats screaming at the TV “You’ve just got our 12 year old son destined for war you IDIOT!!” Guess what? That’s exactly what happened, our son served two combat deployments in Iraq.

Why is it us “common” (read stupid surfs) can see things just as clearly and in some cases MORE clearly than these wonderful, highly educated blue blood idiots? Pretty disgusting.

Yeah, you FAILED us HW, you truly did LIE with your no-tax pledge and micro-managing the 1st Gulf War, not allowing good combat leaders to do their job: KILL THE ENEMY, dammit! Am I angry, you damned right, it’s past time to take our country back from these retards, including this Kenyan illegal alien.


5 posted on 01/27/2009 10:47:41 AM PST by brushcop (We remember SSG Harrison Brown, PVT Andrew Simmons B CO 2/69 3ID KIA Iraq OIF IV)
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To: meandog
"I've thought a lot about it, but at the end of Desert Storm, the question was should we have kind of kept going on that road to death and all this slaughter until Saddam Hussein showed up and laid his sword on the table...."

He's gone already..forget about it.

6 posted on 01/27/2009 10:50:25 AM PST by Earthdweller (Socialism makes you feel better about oppressing people.....)
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To: DBCJR

Not so. Bush ‘41 made the mistake of seeking UN approval which stated he was only authorized to remove Saddam from Kuwait, not invade Iraq.


7 posted on 01/27/2009 10:51:00 AM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Deb

But he did invade Iraq - and he stopped with victory in sight.


8 posted on 01/27/2009 10:52:22 AM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: Deb

BTTT

Many choose to ignore this.


9 posted on 01/27/2009 10:54:07 AM PST by Islander7 (LOST TAGLINE - If found, please return. LARGE Reward.)
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To: DBCJR

The only way he could get UN approval of the war, and sign on so many allies, was to agree not to go to Baghdad. To have done so would have been a direct breaking of his word. In retrospect he probably would have been better served by breaking his word than letting it go the way it did. He broke his “no new taxes” pledge and cost him his office anyway.


10 posted on 01/27/2009 10:55:29 AM PST by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: DBCJR
We crossed the border when we chased the Iraqi army down the Highway of Death, but we did not continue on to Baghdad and depose S.H. because it was not in the UN resolution. Unlike Clinton who managed to get Monica off the front pages by not going to the Congress or the UN and bombing the shit out of Serbian civilians, the Danube river and CNN.
11 posted on 01/27/2009 10:58:05 AM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: jwparkerjr

Thus the reason W went without UN resolution. Why involve nations, and be bound by resolutions, who are trading with the enemy despite UN sanctions. The UN has made itself irrelevant.


12 posted on 01/27/2009 10:58:33 AM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: brushcop
Yeah, you FAILED us HW, you truly did LIE with your no-tax pledge and micro-managing the 1st Gulf War, not allowing good combat leaders to do their job: KILL THE ENEMY, dammit! Am I angry, you damned right, it’s past time to take our country back from these retards, including this Kenyan illegal alien.

True, and like father, like...

13 posted on 01/27/2009 10:59:13 AM PST by meandog (The two named Bush get the bird from this hand!))
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To: Islander7

Yes, and he seems to have forgotten it himself.


14 posted on 01/27/2009 10:59:35 AM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: meandog

Bill, hate to tell ya but your biggest mistake was not resigning after being impeached.


15 posted on 01/27/2009 11:02:34 AM PST by Diggity
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To: DBCJR

HW, I would include not going into Bagdad. You bowed before international opinion, the Clinton way.”

HW also bowed to Powell, which still makes me wonder just who’s country Colin Powel is really supporting...

He really worries me.


16 posted on 01/27/2009 11:14:38 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: DBCJR
IIRC, W wasted months waiting for UN approval. At one point going back for “one more vote” at the specific request of the British PM. They fiddle-farted around for months and months getting all those people on board, supposedly, and during that time Saddam had the opportunity to shore up his plans and move all his WMD’s into Syria or bury them in the sands of Iraq.

I'm almost certain W held off until he got the OK from the UN. That was the speech Colin Powell gave that turned out to be full of incorrect information. Powell used that speech as his excuse for coming out of the closet as a liberal.

17 posted on 01/27/2009 11:19:08 AM PST by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: brushcop

I remember well that day when Colin Powell and weakneed HW Bush wimped out to appease their future employers SA...I jumped off the coach and screamed you friggin’ idiots and have despised both ever since. IMO, in hindsight, if HWB had finished off Saddam I doubt he would have loss to BJC in 1992.


18 posted on 01/27/2009 11:25:26 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: jwparkerjr

He proceeded without UN approval. Kerry tried to hang that around his neck.


19 posted on 01/27/2009 11:59:55 AM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: ridesthemiles

Yes, Powell is a “Reverse Tom”, i.e., appears like a Tom to decoy whitey into a Pied Piper following him into a liberal path.

I have much more respect for black leaders who are what they say they are.


20 posted on 01/27/2009 12:02:58 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: DBCJR

I stand corrected. Many thanks! Lord knows he spent enough time trying to get the go ahead from them. Talk about giving away your plans! At the time I likened it to the police making an announcement that in three days they planned to raid a certain house looking for drugs.

Thanks again!


21 posted on 01/27/2009 12:23:17 PM PST by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: Deb
“Not so. Bush ‘41 made the mistake of seeking UN approval which stated he was only authorized to remove Saddam from Kuwait, not invade Iraq.”

But the Torching of the Oilfields made all that a mute point!

22 posted on 01/27/2009 12:56:17 PM PST by Cheetahcat (Osamabama the Wright kind of Racist!)
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To: jwparkerjr

Yes, you are right. And we wonder how Osama got away.


23 posted on 01/27/2009 3:00:04 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: DBCJR
I wonder if a lot of the things we saw with W as time went by weren't his reaction to being kicked in the ass every time he reached out to work with the other side. I think he went into the office honestly believing he could be someone they would work with, only to find out it had nothing to do with him, but much more with the kind of bastards that are on the other side. I know how bitter I've become on those occasions when I put faith or trust in someone who let me down.

To my way of thinking it could easily be that Dubya simply saw the deck was stacked against him and dug in for the duration. He had to accept that they would always be the enemy and there was no way to trust them, so he set about doing what he thought had to be done to keep America safe from a threat than he alone had the intelligence info to make one acutely aware of the danger. Over and over he tried to include others in the loop and time and again it showed up in the New York Times.

I suspect he was glad, prayerfully glad and thankful, to have Jan. 20th arrive and be able to get the hell out of Dodge!

24 posted on 01/27/2009 7:11:05 PM PST by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: jwparkerjr

Washington was not Texas. In Texas, even Democrats can be honorable


25 posted on 01/27/2009 7:15:11 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: DBCJR
I think he was blindsided by the atmosphere in DC and by how bastardly the Dems can be in that hell hole.

For my money the Earth could open up and swallow DC, leaving not a trace. As my Dad used to say, if God ever wants to give America an enema, that's where He'll put the hose!

I think I need to work on my attitude!

26 posted on 01/27/2009 7:29:51 PM PST by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: jwparkerjr

I think I need to work on my attitude!


Lot of that going around.


27 posted on 01/28/2009 4:23:41 AM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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