Carol Platt Liebau: Clinton: Unplugged <i>and</i> Unhinged

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Clinton: Unplugged and Unhinged

On Fox News Sunday, Bill Clinton gave his first interview to the Fox News Channel. At first, the overall impression is that he's incredibly defensive and sensitive about his manifold failures in the war on terror -- to the point where it seems obvious that he knows that he messed it up. Everybody's at fault except good ole Slick Willy.

As Ace of Spades points out, President Clinton simply lies. But we're used to that, of course, after eight long years. What was so shocking was Clinton's demeanor and the nature of his assertions.

Through the course of the interview, it became clear that former President Clinton is -- perhaps "crazy" is too strong a word -- but definitely unhinged and somewhat paranoid when it comes to his views on the media . . . ironic, given that the lefties have tried to portray President Bush as someone who's unwilling to apologize, reluctant to admit fault and living in a bubble.

Below is a sample of some of the weirder stuff. First, thought, it's worth noting that the question that set off President Clinton's diatribe was nothing more than the following:

Why didn't you do more to put bin Laden and Al Qaeda out of business when you were President? . . . why didn't you do more to connect the dots and put them out of business?

Here are portions of Clinton's rant:

I'm being asked this on the Fox Network. ABC just had a right wing, conservative running their little "Pathway to 9/11." . . . All the right wingers who now say I didn't do enough said I did too much. Same people. They were all trying to get me to withdraw from Somalia in 1993 the next day, after we were involved in Black Hawk down and I refused to do it and stayed six months and had an orderly transfer to the United Nations.

You did Fox's bidding on this show. You did your nice little conservative hit job on me.

You set this meeting up because you're going to get a lot of criticism from your viewers because Rupert Murdoch's supporting my work on climate change, and you came here under false pretenses and said that you'd spend half the time talking about what we did out there . . . and you don't care.
(This is after only the one question set forth above).

[After Chris Wallace noted that his one question had sent Clinton "on a tear"]: It set me off on a tear because you didn't formulate it in an honest way and because you people ask me quesitons that you don't ask the other side. . . . You falsely accused me of giving aid and comfort to bin Laden . . .

You've got that little smirk on your face and you think you're so clever, but I had responsibility for trying to protect this country. I tried and I failed to get bin Laden. I regret it, but I did try.
(He then goes on to blame the military for being reluctant to go into Afghanistan, etc.)

I always get these clever little political deals where they ask me one set of questions and other guys another set. It always comes from one source.

Judging from this inteview, President Clinton is not a healthy man. Hillary must be incredibly dismayed by his comments and deportment, because it's clear that someone so isolated from reality, quick to anger, and paranoid has no business being in The White House, even as First Gentleman.

President Bush has received infinitely more criticism on these topics than Clinton ever dreamed of. Can you imagine the outcry had he behaved in such a weird and borderline manner?


Blogger Editor said...

But Condi told us there was no actionable intelligence and in 8 months Bush did nothing to capture or kill bin Laden but Bush did take a lengthy vacation after receiving a PDB saying an attack was eminent.

We also must remember when Clinton fired off missiles to kill bin Laden the rebuplican lead congress cried wag-the-dog.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

You want wacko Carol?

How about Bush calling the American soldiers' ultimate sacrifce in Iraq "just a comma". Makes anyone with a conscience want to vomit.

BLITZER: Let’s move on and talk a little bit about Iraq. Because this is a huge, huge issue, as you know, for the American public, a lot of concern that perhaps they are on the verge of a civil war, if not already a civil war…. We see these horrible bodies showing up, tortured, mutilation. The Shia and the Sunni, the Iranians apparently having a negative role. Of course, al Qaeda in Iraq is still operating.

BUSH: Yes, you see — you see it on TV, and that’s the power of an enemy that is willing to kill innocent people. But there’s also an unbelievable will and resiliency by the Iraqi people…. Admittedly, it seems like a decade ago. I like to tell people when the final history is written on Iraq, it will look like just a comma because there is — my point is, there’s a strong will for democracy.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Republicans will keep the House and the Senate in '06 and all three
in '08.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

"How about Bush calling the American soldiers' ultimate sacrifce in Iraq "just a comma"."

The stupidity continues. How many conflicts in our nation's history stand out as exclamation points? And this is only since the 1700's. How about the Spanish/American war? American lives were sacrificed there, right? Does that, from the perspective of history, look more like an exclamation point, or a comma? My goodness. eddy just can't do enough to spin the slightest fart or belch against Bush. Talk about a lunatic. You want wacko, Carol? He posts stupid comments on your blog daily. His name is eddy-boy.

12:34 AM  

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