Tuesday, November 27, 2007
When the history of the (Bill) Clinton administration is written, let us hope that the historian(s) doing the writing include a lengthy section on the man's history of lying through his teeth. He just does not know how to tell the truth, as if he were hooked up to a monitor that hits him with an electric shock if he didn't utter a lie.
Now as he campaigns to try to foist his wife into the White House, he is doing it again. Now he says that he was against the war in Iraq from the start.
Unfortunately for Clinton, the media was prepared to show his previous remarks, all of which show his support for the war until recently.
Bill Clinton Flatly Asserts He Opposed War at Start
During a campaign swing for his wife, former President Bill Clinton said flatly yesterday that he opposed the war in Iraq “from the beginning” — a statement that is more absolute than his comments before the invasion in March 2003.
Before the invasion, Mr. Clinton did not precisely declare that he opposed the war. A week before military action began, however, he did say that he preferred to give weapons inspections more time and that an invasion was not necessary to topple Saddam Hussein.
At the same time, he also spoke supportively about the 2002 Senate resolution that authorized military action against Iraq.
Advisers to Mr. Clinton said yesterday that he did oppose the war, but that it would have been inappropriate at the time for him, a former president, to oppose — in a direct, full-throated manner — the sitting president’s military decision.
This story, from The New York Times, certainly is charitable to Clinton, claiming he did oppose the war even though he never said so.
In short, The Times thinks that "opposition" means "thinking about it" and claiming it years later.
Bill Clinton: American Liar Extraordinaire.