The Liar, the Bitch, and the War Zone
Russert: "Do you believe we could have disarmament without regime change?"
Clinton: "I doubt it....I can support the president, I can support an action against Saddam Hussein because I think it's in the long term interest of our national security."
---Hillary Clinton, Senator (D-NY)
NBC, "Meet The Press" - September 15, 2002
Now pay special attention to this next clip, in which Hillary speaks in person to a group of Code Pinkos about six months later in March 2003, just before the invasion of Iraq got going. (Fair Warning: This is a long one.) You can safely ignore the first four minutes or so, which consists of a bunch of chicks dressed all in pink with apparently way too much time on their hands.
At about the 4:45 mark, the lead tulip (hey, Hil said it, not me) says they decided to organize to protest the idea of going to war in Iraq because they "care deeply about the Iraqi women and children".
Well, sure they do...now that there's someone they don't like in the White House that they can safely lambast for actually wanting to take down the guy responsible for their having something to "care deeply about".
But I digress. At about the 6:30 mark, Her Majesty begins to speak. Hear her words, mere mortals, and tremble.
First she dispenses the standard acknowledgement of the group's willingness to speak out for the women and children -- after all, they do care so deeply -- and then this pops out (emphasis mine):
"There is a very easy way to prevent anyone from being put into harm's way, and that is for Saddam Hussein to disarm, and I have absolutely no belief that he will. I have to say that this is something I have followed for more than a decade. If he were serious about disarming, he would have been much more forthcoming..."
More than a decade, eh? We'll get back to that one in a little bit.
She blathers on for a while about the travesties of Saddam Hussein's governing techniques, the success of the Missile Destruction program, and eventually states that she "ended up voting for the resolution after carefully reviewing the information and intelligence that I had available, talking with people whose opinions I trusted."
So the consummate politician, possibly the smartest woman on the Hill, with all the resources at her disposal, followed Saddam Hussein's efforts to up his arsenal for over a decade...and then decided to "allow" some other President to do what should have been done -- well, over a decade ago -- because she can always call him to the carpet for it later if it goes kerblooey. Okay.
Now, fast forward a bit to about the 12-minute mark (you can stop off a bit if you like, to hear some old bag from N.O.W. say something about how going to war will put our men and women of color in danger of being shot at -- no, really, listen to her) -- and we find this little gem of a response to a comment made by the aforementioned old bag that it is not OUR responsibility to deal with Saddam, but rather that of the "world community"...in which Hillary explains why we (read: "Bill and I") ordered troops into Kosovo WITHOUT the backing of the UN (again, emphasis mine):
"I just do not believe that, given the attitudes of many people in the world community today, that there would be a willingness to take on very difficult problems were it not for the United States' leadership, and I'm talking specifically about what had to be done in Bosnia and Kosovo, where my husband could not get a Security Council resolution to save the Kosovar Albanians from ethnic cleansing. And we did it alone as the United States. And we had to do it alone. It would have been far preferable if the Russians and others had agreed to do it in the United Nations. They would not. I am happy that, in the face of such horrible suffering, we did act."
And almost a decade later, we're still there. Funny...I don't hear anyone ponying up an exit strategy for THAT one.
Why? Simple....it was done by a Democrat. And when you're a Democrat, the usual rules don't apply. So Bill makes a mess and doesn't clean it up himself, and that's cool.
But let a Republican try to go in and clean up a mess the Useless Nations made (I wonder why no one there would back us this time either?), and he gets fifty lashes.
There will be more to come on this later, I promise. But this is shaping up to be a bigger post than I expected, and right now, I need to get to bed. But I think you get the jist for now.
Until then...flame on!