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Bill Clinton: No Basis to Attack Iraq
NewsMax ^ | 9/18/05 | NewsMax

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."


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: billclinton; clintoniraq; impeached42; iraq; x42
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Well, BJ if you had been more concerned with terrorism than interns, maybe we wouldn't be in the situation we are now.
1 posted on 09/18/2005 10:56:34 AM PDT by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee
"I didn't not favor what was done," Clinton said.

Is that a type-o? Or is that what he really said? That's vintage Klintoon.
2 posted on 09/18/2005 11:00:24 AM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Social Darwinism will claim me first.)
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To: wagglebee

he lost opportunities to nail a major supplier of terrorism quite a few times in Sudan and elsewhere. He has no room to talk.


3 posted on 09/18/2005 11:01:29 AM PDT by ma bell ("Take me to the Brig. I want to see the "real Marines". Major General Chesty Puller, USMC)
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To: wagglebee

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!


4 posted on 09/18/2005 11:01:33 AM PDT by Danae ( Anál nathrach, orth' bháis's bethad, do chél dénmha)
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To: wagglebee
no evidence that there was any weapons of mass destruction there," he [Clinton] complained to ABC's "This Week."

"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

5 posted on 09/18/2005 11:01:59 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: wagglebee

MikeinIraq: No Basis to Believe Slick Willie


6 posted on 09/18/2005 11:03:09 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (Hey Fox News, MORE MOLLY, LESS Greta van Talksoutthesideofhermouth)
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To: wagglebee

Please, anyone...we need a STFU graphic BAD.


7 posted on 09/18/2005 11:03:12 AM PDT by denydenydeny ("As a Muslim of course I am a terrorist"--Sheikh Omar Brooks, quoted in the London Times 8/7/05)
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To: wagglebee
What the heck gives with these dam liberal Democrats, do they think they start with a clean slate every day. They say anything that comes to their minds and then later on they say something completely the opposite and we are expected to believe the latest and forget the past. I believe this is called "shooting from the hip", say what comes into your hollow head and keep right on going.
8 posted on 09/18/2005 11:03:13 AM PDT by depenzz (My tastes are simple, I 'm always satisfied by the best)
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To: wagglebee

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.


9 posted on 09/18/2005 11:03:22 AM PDT by billnaz (What part of "shall not be infringed" don't you understand?)
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To: wagglebee

"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.


10 posted on 09/18/2005 11:04:49 AM PDT by grizzly84
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To: denydenydeny
Hey BJ...


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11 posted on 09/18/2005 11:04:57 AM PDT by itsamelman (“Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh.” -- Al Swearengen)
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To: wagglebee

He did not have a reason to attack those women either, did he?


12 posted on 09/18/2005 11:05:07 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: denydenydeny

13 posted on 09/18/2005 11:05:35 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s......you weren't really there.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
I guess Clinton's interviewer today on "This Week" was prepared and brought up these quotes to Clinton.

(STOP LAUGHING!!!)

14 posted on 09/18/2005 11:06:01 AM PDT by gg188
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To: itsamelman

arrgh, ya beat me


15 posted on 09/18/2005 11:06:03 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s......you weren't really there.)
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To: wagglebee

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.


16 posted on 09/18/2005 11:07:30 AM PDT by Maceman (Pro Se Defendant from Hell)
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To: wagglebee
Amazing.

As of say, June 2000, the Sink Emporer had made public statements outlining how Iraq had failed to comply with the treaty which ended the First Gulf War.

Our planes were being shot at. American planes had bombed Baghdad.

He just lacked the courage to act, knowing that he could postpone the problem into some other president's term.

A walking talking bag of lying egomaniac scum.
17 posted on 09/18/2005 11:07:50 AM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: wagglebee
"Contradicting his previous statements....."

Kinda sums up the entire filthy existence of both him and The Former Twelfth Lady.

18 posted on 09/18/2005 11:08:12 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: wagglebee
Are we seeing the Carterization of Clinton?
19 posted on 09/18/2005 11:08:13 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: wagglebee

Clinton had no reason to attack Yugoslavia.


20 posted on 09/18/2005 11:08:33 AM PDT by just me
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To: wagglebee

> "I didn't not favor what was done," Clinton said.

Umm, OK.

Anyway, the Admin has got to stop favoring this clown
with photo ops. BJ is not returning the favors.

Clinton has totally trashed the the longstanding tradition
that former Presidents SHUT UP after leaving office, apart
from pounding nails or raising money for charities. This
weakens the US significantly.


21 posted on 09/18/2005 11:08:33 AM PDT by Boundless
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To: wagglebee
"I didn't not favor what was done," Clinton said.

If Bush ever said that about anything, it would be on the "Bushism" newsreels by 6 pm tonight and would be on Saturday Night Live next Saturday.

22 posted on 09/18/2005 11:08:39 AM PDT by gg188
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To: wagglebee

Bill Clinton = Jerry Rivers the same kind of media whore


23 posted on 09/18/2005 11:08:44 AM PDT by Meadow Muffin
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To: MikeinIraq
No Basis to Believe Slick Willie

True. But the problem is that Slick Willie believes Slick Willie.

24 posted on 09/18/2005 11:09:02 AM PDT by elbucko
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To: Cyclopean Squid

Spoken as the truly do-nothing liberal creep he was, is and always will be. Screw him.


25 posted on 09/18/2005 11:09:03 AM PDT by BamaAndy (Heart & Iron--the story of America through an ordinary family. ISBN: 1-4137-5397-3)
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To: Mr. Mojo
"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

Thank you.

26 posted on 09/18/2005 11:09:03 AM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: wagglebee

Guess the Potatohead forgot to ask the bent one why Sandy Burgler was stealing documents if Iraq was so unimportant. Once a perjurer; always a perjurer.


27 posted on 09/18/2005 11:09:20 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (A Plaming Democrat gathers no votes)
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To: wagglebee
I'm just reading Bob Woodward's "Plan of Attack".

What's clear is that the Bush Administration covered all the bases, considered all the options, planned and prepared as realistically and carefully as they could.

Then the made their choices...and, as is the case in all human affairs, they must take the consequences - both good and bad.

28 posted on 09/18/2005 11:10:56 AM PDT by liberallarry
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To: elbucko

If Slick Willie believes Slick Willie, that would mean he wouldn't change his story every other day.

My guess is that he has NO core beliefs but only goes whichever way the wind is blowing./


29 posted on 09/18/2005 11:11:19 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (Hey Fox News, MORE MOLLY, LESS Greta van Talksoutthesideofhermouth)
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To: wagglebee

After his worthless global event in NY this past week, Bubba must think he is now King of the World. What a joke that guy is.


30 posted on 09/18/2005 11:11:34 AM PDT by frankjr
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To: wagglebee

Who cares what the Liar-in-Chief says.....what a disgrace he is!


31 posted on 09/18/2005 11:12:44 AM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Jabbar Gibson for mayor of Newer Orleans)
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To: wagglebee

Interveiwed by a former employee!
What a joke.


32 posted on 09/18/2005 11:13:32 AM PDT by ConservativeGreek
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To: just me
We don't know that.

There is every reason to suspect that Clinton either took bribes from the KLA or was grafting off of the Balkans trade missions. It would have been entirely in character and consistent with his approach to Red China.

Even if the death of Ron Brown was an accident, Clinton certainly didn't seem too upset by it.

33 posted on 09/18/2005 11:13:35 AM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: just me

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0785262377/103-6389410-0299811?v=glance


34 posted on 09/18/2005 11:15:20 AM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: MikeinIraq
My guess is that he has NO core beliefs but only goes whichever way the wind is blowing./

I agree. As a human, Bill Clinton is almost the perfect predator. Except when he's scared.

35 posted on 09/18/2005 11:16:17 AM PDT by elbucko
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To: Thud

fyi


36 posted on 09/18/2005 11:17:27 AM PDT by Dark Wing
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To: denydenydeny

I agree and went looking for a ready made - my eyes! My Eyes! The sites are either Far Far Left or ...... you don't want to know. Not good with graphics so we'll have to hope someone else is and can come up with a good one.


37 posted on 09/18/2005 11:18:17 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: denydenydeny

38 posted on 09/18/2005 11:19:07 AM PDT by oldleft
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To: wagglebee

clintin/MONICA....forever and forever.


clintin...the worst President this country has ever had...BAR NONE.

George W. Bush, one of the Best Presidents this country has ever had...


39 posted on 09/18/2005 11:24:04 AM PDT by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done good more for our country than anyone will know. He's a man of honor.)
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To: wagglebee
Google search of the term "Bill Clinton admits to making mistake
40 posted on 09/18/2005 11:28:35 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (If fire fighters fight fire and crime fighters fight crime what do freedom fighters fight?)
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To: wagglebee

Since Clinton is so opposed to the war in Iraq, he must be REALLY ticked that Hillary voted to support it.


41 posted on 09/18/2005 11:30:22 AM PDT by Peach (South Carolina is praying for our Gulf coast citizens.)
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To: wagglebee

If there had never been eight years of the Clinton Freak show-the plagues from Pandora's box would not be plaguing us today.

Why is anything this fool says news worthy, except to the enemies of the USA, both foreign and domestic and all adorers of Clinton?


42 posted on 09/18/2005 11:31:37 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (If only those NO School buses had been airconditioned, everything would have been okay????)
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To: Danae
Because he expects to be president in two years, and rule for another eight. Nobody seriously thinks his wife will make the decisions, do they? After her term, a big smelly yellow dog will be the left's candidate, and our boy Bill will still be making the decisions.
43 posted on 09/18/2005 11:33:02 AM PDT by JasonC
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To: Peach

More anti Americanism from the mouth that can't be duct taped.


44 posted on 09/18/2005 11:33:24 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Mike Darancette
Are we seeing the Carterization of Clinton?

Nope,it's even more sinister than that.It was established long ago that Billy Bob's always willing to spread his legs (figuratively) if it gets him power or money.He figures that this will help his wide bodied bride in '08.

It's that simple,IMHO.

45 posted on 09/18/2005 11:34:21 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: Peach

http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/1998/02/17/transcripts/clinton.iraq/

Text Of Clinton Statement On Iraq
Text of President Clinton's address to Joint Chiefs of Staff and Pentagon staff:

excerpt; 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. We want to seriously reduce his capacity to threaten his neighbors.

I am quite confident, from the briefing I have just received from our military leaders, that we can achieve the objective and secure our vital strategic interests.


46 posted on 09/18/2005 11:38:05 AM PDT by Sweetjustusnow ("Let them revere nothing but religion, morality and liberty." John Adams)
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To: Mr. Mojo

"One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."
- Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

"Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face."
- Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."
- Sandy Berger,Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

"Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies."
- Madeline Albright, Clinton's Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

"Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power."
- Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."
- Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA),Sept. 27, 2002


Should I continue?


47 posted on 09/18/2005 11:39:18 AM PDT by Venerable Bede
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To: Danae
Can someone tell me why we should pay ANY attention to this boob?

Well, he's a bit hard to ignore when the Bush Administration is basically employing the guy.

BTW - Don't you use that charm of making on me!

49 posted on 09/18/2005 11:44:08 AM PDT by Recovering Hermit
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To: wagglebee

It looks like he's preparing the platform for his dear, sweet wife's campaign, huh? Those two must keep in step.


50 posted on 09/18/2005 11:45:55 AM PDT by bethtopaz (We will not allow another generation of heroes to be forsaken. -- NewLand, from Free Republic)
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