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.
> "I didn't not favor what was done," Clinton said.
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.
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.
Bill Clinton = Jerry Rivers the same kind of media whore
True. But the problem is that Slick Willie believes Slick Willie.
Spoken as the truly do-nothing liberal creep he was, is and always will be. Screw him.
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.
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.
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./
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.
Who cares what the Liar-in-Chief says.....what a disgrace he is!
Interveiwed by a former employee!
What a joke.
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.
I agree. As a human, Bill Clinton is almost the perfect predator. Except when he's scared.
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.
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...
Since Clinton is so opposed to the war in Iraq, he must be REALLY ticked that Hillary voted to support it.
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?
More anti Americanism from the mouth that can't be duct taped.
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.
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.
"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?
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!
It looks like he's preparing the platform for his dear, sweet wife's campaign, huh? Those two must keep in step.