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Thursday, August 18, 2005

If This Had Been Bill Clinton, Entry . . . Hey Wait, This Was Clinton

I always like to remind Bush supporters that they defend Dubya for acts that, had President Clinton committed them, would have sent them into a shirt-biting rage.

Well, it seems like the GOP leadership was against war before they were for it.

Nod to the Daily Kos blog for collecting these quotes, regarding President Clinton's decision to send troops to Bosnia:
"You can support the troops but not the president."
--Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)

"Well, I just think it's a bad idea. What's going to happen is they're going to be over there for 10, 15, maybe 20 years."
--Joe Scarborough (R-FL)

"Explain to the mothers and fathers of American servicemen that may come home in body bags why their son or daughter have to give up their life?"
--Sean Hannity, Fox News, 4/6/99

"[The] President . . . is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation's armed forces about how long they will be away from home. These strikes do not make for a sound foreign policy."
--Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)

"American foreign policy is now one huge big mystery. Simply put, the administration is trying to lead the world with a feel-good foreign policy."
--Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)

"If we are going to commit American troops, we must be certain they have a clear mission, an achievable goal and an exit strategy."
--Karen Hughes, speaking on behalf of George W Bush

"I had doubts about the bombing campaign from the beginning . . I didn't think we had done enough in the diplomatic area."
--Senator Trent Lott (R-MS)

"I cannot support a failed foreign policy. History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now. The President began this mission with very vague objectives and lots of unanswered questions. A month later, these questions are still unanswered. There are no clarified rules of engagement. There is no timetable. There is no legitimate definition of victory. There is no contingency plan for mission creep. There is no clear funding program. There is no agenda to bolster our over-extended military. There is no explanation defining what vital national interests are at stake. There was no strategic plan for war when the President started this thing, and there still is no plan today"
--Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)

"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is."
--Governor George W. Bush (R-TX)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This simply proves that there is very little difference between what passes for left and right in this country. Going around the world wacking people for humanitarian or other ill defined reasons has proven to, in the very least, be not a very good idea. But it is now the national pastime of both Republicans and Democrats alike. The only difference is in deciding who to whack and for what reason.

Aside from killing thousands of people and destroying much of the infrastructure of the former Yugoslavia, there is ample evidence that Clinton's splendid little Yugoslavian war benefitted Muslim extremists who now menace Spain and England and who will, sooner or later, no doubt hit us again when the time is right.

George Wallace, while wrong about many things, was dead on when he said that there was not a "dime's worth of difference" between the two parties.

8:39 PM

Blogger Colin Whitworth said...

I recall that many in the GOP criticized Clinton when he sent missiles after OBL, because of the timing in relation to the Lewinsky hearings.

10:27 PM

Blogger Pablo Groovy said...

OK, let's get some facts straight about Clinton's military record here.

Clinton's war against Yugoslavia was based entirely on lies, just like Bush's war in Iraq. In April of 1999 Clinton said that 'there are 100,000 Albanian Kosovars missing and presumed dead' at the hands of the Serbian forces.

We all know (or should know) what happened next. Yugoslavia was bombed back into the stone age, with hundreds of tons of cancer-causing depleted uranium spread all over the country. The bombing of chemical factories along the Danube river killed all of the fish downstream and caused the largest environmental disaster in Europe since the Chernobyl accident. 5,000 innocent civilians have been killed by our bombs, and hundreds of thousands lost their homes due to bombing and the reverse ethnic cleansing of Kosovo that followed the NATO occupation. Hundreds of schools, hospitals, factories, bridges and churches have been destroyed by US bombs all over Yugoslavia (did I mention the Chinese embassy in Belgrade?)

When the US empire occupied Kosovo, multiple FBI teams were dispatch across the province to locate the bodies of 100,000 Kosovars who perished at the hands of evil Serbian oppressors.

After two years of digging, an interesting picture emerged. No mass graves, which were cited by Clinton, Blair and other war criminals as one of the rationales for going into this war, have been found. The total number of bodies found was... 2,108, most of them apparently KLA guerilla fighters and Serbian soldiers killed in skirmishes between Serbs and Albanians.

Do any Americans even remember this? Probably not, our attention span is way too short... It sure is hard to keep track of all of those foreign wars these days.

P.S. By the way, our military is still stationed in Kosovo, to the tune of billions of dollars each year. Camp Bondsteel remains one of the largest US military base in Europe, complete with a Burger King, Pizza Hut and torture chambers... I mean, a military prison. Freedom is on the march.

9:36 PM

Blogger Colin Whitworth said...

Pablo, thanks for that great historical info. I agree completely. Never been as much a Clinton fan as most Dems, although it is ironic that he was screwed so royally for getting screwed.

Every president since WWII is guilty of war crimes, Clinton included. I just think it needs mentioning that Dubya and Company complained loudly about Clinton's imperialism while defending their own.

10:03 AM

Blogger Colin Whitworth said...

BTW, I have a dog named Pablo.

10:03 AM


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