On Monday, Mr. Clinton went on the offensive. "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. And if they don't, they can go straight to hell," he told a symposium sponsored by Conference Board, a New York-based nonpartisan business research group.I can't believe that the general American public would agree that we should do more to make France and Germany happy. When you contrast his criticisms of Bush with the failures of Clinton's foreign policy, you can't escape the feeling that Clinton is so jealous that he couldn't win a couple of wars. Remember, this is the guy who complained to Bob Woodward that a president can't achieve greatness without a war and implied that he yearned for a war or big crisis during his presidency. Well, he had a war. He just didn't know it. So, he did little and the war escalated until September 11. Now, all he has are sour grapes. I hope he continues to speak out and that he goes and campaigns all next year. He will continue to appall.
"We can't run," Mr. Clinton continued. "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."
He also criticized White House treatment of France and Germany after both opposed U.S. military action in Iraq. Mr. Clinton suggested that President Bush and his administration will spend too heavily on defense to the detriment of domestic issues.
"Since September 11, it looks like we can't hold two guns at the same time," Mr. Clinton said. "If you fight terrorism, you can't make America a better place to be."
Thursday, April 17, 2003
As Bill Kristol once said, Clinton never ceases to appall. Catch this criticism, he recently leveled against Bush's foreign policy.
Posted by Betsy Newmark at 8:59 AM