Many know about Clinton's tirade on Fox News Sunday. Nothing profoundly unique about the interview. Clinton goes off on Wallace who declares many readers emailed him and wanted to know about Clinton's lack of action when dealing with bin Laden. I noted, however, a few puzzling issues about the interview.
For one thing Clinton congratulates himself with his own virtuous actions in this statement:
Now, I’ve never criticized President Bush, and I don’t think this is useful. But you know we do have a government that thinks Afghanistan is only one-seventh as important as Iraq.
I assume he said this in context of Bush's Afghanistan policy. Yet, Clinton criticized Bush on many occasion about Iraq. In November of 2005 Clinton, while speaking to Arab students at the American University Dubai, said this:
"Saddam is gone. It's a good thing, but I don't agree with what was done," Clinton told students at a forum at the American University of Dubai.
"It was a big mistake. The American government made several errors ... one of which is how easy it would be to get rid of Saddam and how hard it would be to unite the country."
Clinton set a precedent here. Former presidents, as a rule, never criticize sitting presidents. Furthermore, he made those statements on foreign soil. I guess Clinton took a cue from the intellectual giant, Natalie Maines.
Rumsfeld enlightened the matter this way:
At a Pentagon news conference, Rumsfeld noted the Iraq Liberation Act that Congress passed in 1998 had said it should be U.S. government policy to support Saddam's removal from power. He noted that Clinton signed the act and ordered four days of bombing in December 1998.
Furthermore, Clinton used buzz words to warn potentially persuaded liberals of the interview's context.
I’m being asked this on the Fox network.
All of President Bush’s neo-cons thought I was too obsessed with bin Laden.
But at least I tried. That’s the difference in me and some, including all the right-wingers who are attacking me now.
Did Clinton mention neocons; right wingers; Fox? How can anyone argue with that? For the liberal crowd Clinton impeached the source of accusations made against him.
Clinton levels a personal attack at Wallace when he says:
And you’ve got that little smirk on your face and you think you’re so clever.
Sounds like a little man. Clinton, a failed president, knows it and wants so badly to rewrite his administration's history. He's a pitiful sight. He bites that lower lip with a kind of, "I'm putting a lot of thought into this so I can answer you honestly", look. He forever alludes to other's failures. Precedent caused him to impeach his own character. No one knows what to believe when this man talks.
I find it interesting too, the difference between liberal's and conservative's perspectives about this interview. Notice the comments made on this liberal web site concerning the interview. They reveal the thinking of those void of moral discernment.