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Bill Clinton: A little revisionist history? (update)
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Not that it should surprise anyone. Jake Tapper, among many, find recent comments by Bill Clinton to be, well, not quite true:
But she may find herself overshadowed by comments made by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who is now saying that he opposed the war in Iraq from the very beginning, a war that his wife voted to authorize and that he did not exactly seem to be protesting at the time.

The former president was talking to Iowans about military families and then made a startling claim, saying he "opposed Iraq from the beginning."

Really?

At the time, the former president said United Nations inspectors should be given more time to look for weapons of mass destruction. But he was hardly, at least publicly, an opponent of going to war against Saddam Hussein. He talked up the threat posed by Saddam's WMDs.
Tapper further notes that in a 2003 speech, found on his how foundation's web site, Clinton said:
"I supported the president when he asked the Congress for authority to stand up against weapons of mass destruction in Iraq."
Tapper also links to a Guardian article in which Bill Clinton advises Britons to "trust Tony's judgment" as he led the UK to war with Iraq. And then there was Larry King:
"I think he's doing the right thing right now," Clinton told Larry King on CNN in early February.
We invaded in March.

Of course, this is vintage Clinton, but for a guy who is considered to be so politically astute, it seems pretty dumb to refocus attention on Hillary's support of the war and then claim she made the decision alone and contrary to his feelings about the war. It doesn't track at all with the record and it again gives everyone a reminder of why he was called "Slick Willy" during his 8 years in office.

UPDATE: As commenter Neo reminds us, citing an October 16, 2006 article in The Nation:
A surprise guest at the meeting was Bill Clinton, whose agenda seemed to be protecting his wife. But things didn’t work out quite as planned. When Guy Saperstein, a retired lawyer from Oakland, asked Clinton if Democrats who support the war should apologize, the former President "went f**king ballistic," according to Saperstein. Forget Hillary, Clinton said angrily during a ten-minute rant; if I was in Congress I would’ve voted for the war. "It was an extraordinary display of anger and imperiousness," Saperstein says.
 
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Democratic Senator Bob Kerrey in 1996: "Clinton’s an unusually good liar. Unusually good. Do you realize that?"

Yes, some of us do.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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This "The Nation" piece on the Democracy Alliance paints it vividly ..
A surprise guest at the meeting was Bill Clinton, whose agenda seemed to be protecting his wife. But things didn’t work out quite as planned. When Guy Saperstein, a retired lawyer from Oakland, asked Clinton if Democrats who supported the war should apologize, the former President " went f*cking ballistic," according to Saperstein. Forget Hillary, Clinton said angrily during a ten-minute rant; if I was in Congress I would’ve voted for the war. "It was an extraordinary display of anger and imperiousness," Saperstein says.
 
Written By: Neo
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This would have been May of 2006
 
Written By: Neo
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" it seems pretty dumb to refocus attention on Hillary’s support of the war"

He has given ample evidnce over the years that he doesn’t give a flying figleaf for Hillary.
 
Written By: timactual
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When he exploded at that question, it was pretty much the only time I’ve ever respected the man.
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Why is it that the Democrats that voted for the war, like Hiliary Clinton and John Edwards, have never just come out and said that the intelligence su.... was lacking ?
Do they fear the intelligence agencies that much ? Or what ?
 
Written By: Neo
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No, it’s because they can trace the raping of the Intel budgets to acts undertaken by the dems...

So they have to ignore it.
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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No, it’s because they can trace the raping of the Intel budgets to acts undertaken by the dems...
Who do we blame for ’intel’ hacks like Plame?
 
Written By: looker
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Who do we blame for ’intel’ hacks like Plame?
First, I blame Plame. Such stupidity should be apparent even to the indivdual. Then I’d blame a Govt system that makes it hard as hell to fire the worthless.

And then, I suppose, I’d blame God for making her that stupid in the first place...
 
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