Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Jimmy Carter II: The Revenge

So Billy boy shot off his trap. Apologies to Agence France Surrender Monkeys Press for quoting at length:

Former US President Bill Clinton blasted US foreign policy adopted in the wake of the September 11 attacks, arguing the United States cannot kill, jail or occupy all of its adversaries.
He's right; realistically, we can't do all three. Guess we'll just have to kill them all.

"Our paradigm now seems to be: something terrible happened to us on September 11, and that gives us the right to interpret all future events in a way that everyone else in the world must agree with us," said Clinton, who spoke at a seminar of governance organized by Conference Board.
Which contrasts nicely with the Clintonian "paradigm" of: Something terrible might happen some day; that gives us the right to kick the problem downfield, so that the world will love us, and the next group of guys will have to deal with it.

Don't you have a book to write or something?

"And if they don't, they can go straight to hell."
Seems like an agreeable way to, oh, I dunno, ensure the common defense, defend liberty, etc.

The Democratic former president, who preceded George W. Bush at the White House, said that sooner or later the United States had to find a way to cooperate with the world at large.

"We can't run," Clinton pointed out. "If you got an interdependent world, and you cannot kill, jail or occupy all your adversaries, sooner or later you have to make a deal."
Like with, say, North Korea?

Liberalism, like insanity, is doing again and again something that never works.

He said he believed Washington overreacted to German and French opposition to US plans for military action against Iraq and suggested that the current administration had trouble juggling foreign and domestic issues.
Which Bill, of course, never did.

"Since September 11, it looks like we can't hold two guns at the same time," Clinton said. "If you fight terrorism, you can't make America a better place to be."
Dude, just as a preliminary matter, you should never employ a metaphor that could refer to sexual improprieties. Let's just say you don't want to go there.

And to get to the big point: If you fight terrorism, you can make America a safer place to be. Let me put this a different way: If you (fruitlessly) spend eight years trying to make America a better place to be, and ignore terrorism, somewhere on the order of 4,000 innocent people -- surprisingly, mostly Americans! -- die.

I'll take Bush's approach, thanks.

Clinton said that if he were at the White House right now he would scrap a 726-billion dollar tax cut proposal made by the president in January to stimulate the flagging economy.

Just because the prior Donkey President spouts off at will, doesn't mean you have to, as well. Especially on something you got terribly wrong.


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