Wednesday, November 28, 2007

He was for it before he was against it...

I wonder how many times we are going to be able to use that line? Heh.

Bill Clinton told a crowd in Iowa on Tuesday that he opposed the Iraq war from the start and criticized Bush for cutting taxes even as he paid for the war.

“Even though I approved Afghanistan and opposed Iraq – from the beginning – I still resent that I was not asked or given the opportunity to support the soldiers.”

But Mark Halperin of Time cited two 2003 quotes which seem to show Pres. Clinton to be lying. (I'm shocked, aren't you?)

April 14, 2003: “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…” Minneapolis Star Tribune

May 13, 2003: “Former President Bill Clinton accused President Bush of spending more time fighting the war on terrorism than on domestic issues. ’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.”

As you can see in this 2004 interview Clinton makes it clear he did support the war: (emphasis mine)

Noting that Bush had to be "reeling" in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001, Clinton said Bush's first priority was to keep al Qaeda and other terrorist networks from obtaining "chemical and biological weapons or small amounts of fissile material."
"That's why I supported the Iraq thing. There was a lot of stuff unaccounted for," Clinton said in reference to Iraq and the fact that U.N. weapons inspectors left the country in 1998.

Obama threw another punch:

ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., scoffed Wednesday at former President Bill Clinton's recent claim that he opposed the Iraq war from the very beginning.

"Well if he did," Obama said on a conference call with reporters, "I don't think most of us have heard about it."

"My understanding is that Senator Clinton and him were talking frequently. So you'll have to talk to them about whether they discussed this issued at all," he said.

I just LOVE the reference to them talking frequently. Maybe Obama does have what it takes to beat this woman.

This does seem to be a strange mistake for Bill Clinton to make though.