There were serious deficiencies in Bill Clinton's CIA and FBI that led to 9/11 and other disasters (the first WTC bombings, the bombing of African embassies and the attack on the USS Cole) . . .
My comments to a group of dyed-in-the-wool Democrats blasting away about George Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, and others. The person I'm responding to mentioned her high regard for JFK, RFK, and Bill Clinton. I "begged to differ."
I think it's laughable for members of a Party about to nominate Barack Hussein Obama (of all people) as their choice for President to start coming up with the standard nonsense about the evils of Republicans. I am somewhat of a fan of JFK, who never had a chance to accomplish a whole lot.
Why are you, Madame Group Moderator, a fan of RFK and Bill Clinton? I was very much alive during RFK's brief career as JFK's favorite brother, and I saw him as little more than a skillful demagogue.
As for Bill Clinton, he didn't confront anything remotely similar to what his successor has faced. He appointed George Tenant (an awful CIA director) and FBI Director Louie Freeh, one of the architects of the Waco disaster. What was the excuse for those appointments?
The Monica Lewinsky, Gennifer Flowers, Kathryn Willey, and Paul Jones episodes were public humiliations of Hillary Clinton. They rendered ridiculous Bill Clinton's claims to be an advocate for women.
Exaggerating the character and accomplishments of Bill Clinton is a serious flaw among Democrats.. Underestimating (and castigating) GWB is like a Democratic disease.
Unlike most of his Democratic detractors, Bush loves his country -- and does everything in his power to protect it. He clearly values conscience and country ahead of political party. Can we say the same about any leading Democrat?
There were serious deficiencies in Clinton's CIA and FBI that led to 9/11 (and other disasters, including the first WTC bombing, the African embassies and the Cole). Gee, let's blame GWB while we sit there adoring the "Big Dog" who appointed Tenant and Freeh.
GWB did not blame Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, and other leading Democrats for allowing 9/11 to happen, although he probably should have. He refused to do so because he didn't want to split the country in a time of war.
I realize many Democrats have never given more than a passing thought to such things. They happen to be true, even though they may offend the faint-of-heart.
Jamie Gorelic, an awful member of the 9/11 Commission, was the assistant attorney-general in the Clinton Administration who came up with the idea that there must be a "wall of separation" between the intelligence and law enforcement agencies. That effort to appease the ACLU made it nearly impossible to prevent us from 9/11.
On the behavior of Bush's opponenets: Is former nominee John Kerry, the rich boy who absolutely betrayed Hillary Clinton by supporting Obama -- in a state Clinton carried by 60-40 -- really a "good man?" The endless scapegoating of GWB is disgusting.
When among Hillary Supporters, I usually ignore the criticisms, but now that you guys -- Democrats -- have presented us with Barack Hussein Obama, the gloves go off.
In particular, about t 9/11: That was primarily the fault of Bush's predecessor, Bill Clinton, as historians will be reminding your great-grandchildren.
There has not been another terrorist attack in the U.S. since then, as we've all noticed. Who gets credit for that? Nancy Pelosi? Harry Reid? Donna Brazile. "It's the economy, stupid" was Clinton's mantra.
No, Bill Clinton and others: "it's the al Qaeda, stupid." I realize, Keri (the Yahoo Group moderator) that any serious discussions of things like the Bush presidency make some people feel faint -- and offended, for God's sake. As the poet T. S. Eliot correctly said, "Humankind cannot bear very much reality."
But this is America, and a good dose of reality is great for the soul. That's especially true in the case of Democrats.