Carol Platt Liebau: Profile in Courage

Monday, December 18, 2006

Profile in Courage

Someone needs to explain to Hillary Clinton that presidents don't enjoy the luxury of 20/20 hindsight.

Now she's saying that she wouldn't have voted for the Iraq war if she had known then what she knows now. Well, of course not -- the war's unpopular now, and Hillary Clinton has never been one to go out on a limb for principle, at least once she learned that the American people won't simply accept her policy prescriptions (a la healthcare) like tablets from Mount Sinai.

If everyone had the benefit of perfect foresight, many of the bloodiest battles of WWII -- and every war -- could and would have been avoided.

But it's also worth mentioning that, with perfect foresight, Neville Chamberlain wouldn't have tried to secure "peace in our time" with Adolf Hitler. And who's to say that, if the Democrats succeed in forcing a failure in Iraq, the time won't come when that's as regrettable as the Munich accords?

Presidents do the best they can with the best information they have at the time. And their judgments aren't always perfect, as Hillary most definitely should remember from her husband's tenure.


Blogger stackja1945 said...

"presidents don't enjoy the luxury of 20/20 hindsight."
Carol, include most past presidents. FDR suspected Japan but only knew after Pearl Harbor. Wilson was well-meaning in regard to the Kaiser. Hoover may have tried something else with the Depression. The list goes on. Bill was distracted by other "affairs" so we must not be too critical.

5:08 PM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

When a wife (Hillary, for example) claims never to have had any idea her husband (Bill, for example) was engaging in adultery time, after time, after time, after time, and he then is involved in two or three gropings and caught in a bald-faced lie about his engaging in sex (that wasn't really "sex" to him) with a young female intern which the wife says she knew nothing about, it's no wonder she needs five or so years to decide what is "right" and "wrong" or if she really knew what she thought she knew five years ago.

If a wife (Hillary, for example) can't detect her serial philandering husband, how in the world would she be able to judge, as president, whether anyone else, from her cabinet to world leaders, was being truthful with her?

3:04 PM  

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