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Bill Clinton: I was for the war before I was against it

Yesterday, Bill Clinton spoke in Iowa about how he was against the war in Iraq from the beginning:

We need to "go back to fiscal responsibility and reclaim our economic sovereignty. That'll require people like me, who got five tax cuts that I should not have gotten, in my income group, when we had soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. Even though I approved of Afghanistan and opposed Iraq from the beginning, I still resent that I was not asked or given the opportunity to support those soldiers."

Apparently, we should be asking for Bill Clinton's OK on everything before we proceed. He'll resent us otherwise, and then whatever will we do?

Unfortunately for Slick Willie, people pay attention when he talks. And he can't have press records locked up indefinitely in the Clinton Library. And Allah at Hot Air has been doing some digging.

First, some notable quotables from 2003:

May 19, 2003- (Associated Press): "Former President Bill Clinton accused President Bush of spending more time fighting the war on terrorism than on domestic issues during a commencement speech at Tougaloo College. 'I supported the president when he asked for authority to stand up against weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but we can't be forever strong abroad if we don't keep getting better at home," Clinton said Sunday to a crowd of about 8,000. [...] The Bush administration, Clinton said, 'is still focused on defeating terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, and that's good, but not good enough. The power of our example is just as important as our military might.'"

April 14, 2003 (Minneapolis Star Tribune): "In his first speech in Minnesota since leaving office, former President Bill Clinton on Sunday praised President Bush's handling of the war in Iraq. But he criticized Bush's domestic priorities and urged the administration to offer North Korea aid and a pledge of nonaggression in exchange for an end to that country's missile and nuclear weapons programs." [Minneapolis Star Tribune, 4/14/03]

So... I guess he means we should go to war with Iraq, but just not make it our number one priority?

Allah then points us to this:

In the crucial weekend before to the final breakdown of diplomacy in March, Mr Clinton was a guest of Mr Blair's at Chequers where the pair discussed the crisis...
Three days after his Chequers meeting, Mr Clinton made a rare public appeal to his successor, George Bush, to give the UN weapons inspectors more time.

That story was posted April 25, 2003. This brings us to Slick Willie being for the war on April 19th, against it April 25th, and come May, for it again.

I think my head's starting to hurt. But fasten your seatbelts, folks, because we're just getting started.

In March of 2003, he wrote a piece for The Guardian telling us to trust Tony Blair:

Last October, when I spoke at the Labour conference in Blackpool, I supported the efforts of President Bush and Prime Minister Blair to renew efforts to eliminate Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, and to try to accomplish this through the UN.

In November, the UN security council adopted unanimously resolution 1441, giving Saddam a "final opportunity" to disarm, after 12 years of defying UN resolutions requiring him to do so. The resolution made it clear that continued sanctions were not sufficient and that continued defiance would lead to serious consequences.

...

In the post-cold war world, America and Britain have been in tough positions before: in 1998, when others wanted to lift sanctions on Iraq and we said no; in 1999 when we went into Kosovo to stop ethnic cleansing. In each case, there were voices of dissent. But the British-American partnership and the progress of the world were preserved. Now in another difficult spot, Prime Minister Blair will have to do what he believes to be right. I trust him to do that and hope that Labor MPs and the British people will too.


So in March, he had no opinion except to trust Tony Blair's decision (no mention of trusting President Bush, of course). Then, he was for the war, then against it, and then for it again.

Finally, Hot Air readers give us the results, from June of 2004:

Former President Clinton has revealed that he continues to support President Bush's decision to go to war in Iraq but chastised the administration over the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison.

"I have repeatedly defended President Bush against the left on Iraq, even though I think he should have waited until the U.N. inspections were over," Clinton said in a Time magazine interview that will hit newsstands Monday, a day before the publication of his book "My Life."...
Pressed on whether the Iraq war was worth the cost to the United States, Clinton said he would not have undertaken the war until after U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix "finished his job."...

"I want it to have been worth it, even though I didn't agree with the timing of the attack," Clinton said.


So, come 2004, he was for the war, but against the timing.

So, let's recap. In March of 2003, he offered no opinion except "trust Tony Blair." In April 2003, he was for the war, and then against the war. Come May of 2003, he was for the war again. Then, in June of 2004, he was for the war, but just didn't like the timing. Now, in November of 2007, he's been against the war from the very beginning. Whew!

Surprisingly, the DU is calling BS on his new line, which means that us conservatives are thinking the same way as the far-left loonies at the Democratic Underground.

You're not so slick, Willie. Not this time.

Hat Tip: AllahPundit at Hot Air


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Comments (23)

How the demo's can be foole... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

How the demo's can be fooled by this guy is beyond me. I think they all live in denial. Unless it depends on what is is. The democrats are again going to nominate a Clinton, with all the baggage that comes along with it. ww

I'd cut him a break. ... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

I'd cut him a break.

Having used deceipt as a part of his life for so long it's difficult for Der Schlichtmeister to distinguish truth from fiction.

"That'll require people lik... (Below threshold)
Gringo:

"That'll require people like me, who got five tax cuts that I should not have gotten, in my income group..."

I assume that the unspoken part of the story is that Bill sent back the money he got with a little hand-written note saying "I cannot in good conscience accept this money."

That happened, right? Cuz, if it didn't, it would be hard to take him seriously on anything he said afterwards.

Yeah, cuz Bill never though... (Below threshold)
Veeshir:

Yeah, cuz Bill never thought Iraq was a danger.

Oh wait...

Does it matter if he flip-f... (Below threshold)
Rance:

Does it matter if he flip-flopped on the issue, he wasn't commander-in-chief, that other guy was.

But then, it was Congress that started the war, Karl Rove told us that.

Rance, Thanks for c... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Rance,
Thanks for confirming that the dems shouldn't have the levers of power since they are so clueless and don't want to take any responsibility. The dems are stooping so low even to wish/cause American defeat in the GWOT just to bash Bush. In other words, the dems simply don't care whether who they elect and what the consequences to the country as long as they gain power.

Slick Willy bombed Saddam h... (Below threshold)

Slick Willy bombed Saddam himself... December 16th, 1998

"Saddam (Hussein) must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons,"

"Earlier today I ordered America's armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces,"

"Their mission is to attack Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors,"
December 19th, 1998

'Clinton was impeached on December 19, 1998 by the House of Representatives on grounds of perjury to a grand jury (by a 228-206 vote) and obstruction of justice (by a 221-212 vote),'

The bombing campaign ended the next day.

Immigrant,Pleas ex... (Below threshold)
Rance:

Immigrant,

Pleas explain to us exactly what Bill Clinton's responsibility was regarding the war in Iraq.

Slick Willy himself <a href... (Below threshold)

Slick Willy himself bombed Saddam... December 16th, 1998

"Saddam (Hussein) must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons,"

"Earlier today I ordered America's armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces,"

"Their mission is to attack Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors," December 19th, 1998

'Clinton was impeached on December 19, 1998 by the House of Representatives on grounds of perjury to a grand jury (by a 228-206 vote) and obstruction of justice (by a 221-212 vote),'
The bombing campaign ended the next day.

Sorry about the dupe commen... (Below threshold)

Sorry about the dupe comment...

The preview doesn't match the results, assuming it was my mistake I gave it another try and ended up with the same issue regarding quote tags.

Actually, if he was for the... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Actually, if he was for the war and is now against it, and he admitted his position had changed, that would be a flip-flop.
What Pres. Clinton has done here is (gasp) lie.
So Rance, the point is that once again his default tactic is to to lie. If that doesn't work, he'll deny. Failing that, he and/or his proxies will go on the attack.

SCSIwuzzy,Again, w... (Below threshold)
Rance:

SCSIwuzzy,

Again, what the **** does it matter? He's not president, he wasn't president when we invaded Iraq, he won't be president after the current resident of the White House is gone.

I'm not defending his multiple positions, I'm saying "So what? He's irrelevant."

Again, what the *... (Below threshold)
Eric:
Again, what the **** does it matter? He's not president, he wasn't president when we invaded Iraq, he won't be president after the current resident of the White House is gone. I'm not defending his multiple positions, I'm saying "So what? He's irrelevant."

If Clinton were out there merely as an ex-President then I would agree that it is not particularly relevant.

However, Clinton is out there stumping for his wife to become the next President. A situation by the way in which he bypasses the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution to get back into the White House. I think that makes it relevant.

What it says to me is that ... (Below threshold)

What it says to me is that Bill Clinton will say whatever he thinks the audience wants to hear. He is a poll-driven weathervane.

Rance:I'm not ... (Below threshold)
marc:

Rance:

I'm not defending his multiple positions, I'm saying "So what? He's irrelevant."

And if he becomes America's first, First Husband?

"And if he becomes America'... (Below threshold)
Rance:

"And if he becomes America's first, First Husband?"

He will have just as much constitutional power as Laura, Hillary, Barbara, Nancy, etc. had.

Clinton is and always has b... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Clinton is and always has been a pathological liar.
You can always count on: "If his lips are moving, he's lying"

Yup Gmac, he lies when the ... (Below threshold)
Veeshir:

Yup Gmac, he lies when the truth would serve just as well.

Looks like Willy is sufferi... (Below threshold)
914:

Looks like Willy is suffering from a case of "Kerryitis".

DANEgerus

"the bombing campaign ended the next day."

Im sure just a coincidence? and the blowjobs continued in earnest..

Same old Clinton B.S., diff... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Same old Clinton B.S., different day.

I got a chuckle out of this story on the way to work this am. Way to go, Bill. You're stinking up Hill's campaign!

Immigrant,Pleas ex... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Immigrant,

Pleas explain to us exactly what Bill Clinton's responsibility was regarding the war in Iraq.
------------------------------------
For lying to us about the danger of Saddam Hussein and WMD and terrorism during the 1990s. Also for signing the Iraq Liberation Acts even before 9/11. Bush should have treated Clinton and other democrats as liars when they spoke about the threat of Saddam Hussein. He is trying to fool the American people as he successfully fooled the people of New York into electing his wife. I guess you mean that liberals and democrats don't care whether Bill and Hillary are liars in any case.

One has to be either the Pr... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

One has to be either the President, or candidate to become President, for me (or anyone) to criticize one for being a liar?
Even for you Rance, that's rather stupid.
He's a public figure, speaking in public. He lied. Got called on it.
What's your problem with that? Unless you are currently filling Monica's old position.

That will require you slick... (Below threshold)
SiliconDoc:

That will require you slick willie, to continue to keep all your money like you have all along, while whining, as ex-pot-us non-inhalus, that you, in all your former itellectual infamy, can't figure out how to support the troops with the wad you've accumulated, and write in additional extra millions on your tax returns, with 8 years to actually do it.
A man of wry lips, and inaction. What a fault filled shame the manner and conduct of the new femi-man has wrought upon the USA.
One would formerly expect the Patriot to announce their own solution implemented, but now the scrumbucket crybaby just lingers on in their own self-proclaimed fecally odorus theft and slam upon their fellow citizens, unable to right the wrong, and proud to announce to all their shamefully incompetent and criminal, in their own belief, position.
IMPURE SKUM,PROUD TO BE A "HELPLESS", BRAGGING, CRIMINAL




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