A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Monday, September 19, 2005

Why not try silence?

AFP: Clinton launches withering attack on Bush on Iraq, Katrina, budget---

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former US president Bill Clinton sharply criticised George W. Bush for the Iraq War and the handling of Hurricane Katrina, and voiced alarm at the swelling US budget deficit.

Breaking with tradition under which US presidents mute criticisms of their successors, Clinton said the Bush administration had decided to invade Iraq "virtually alone and before UN inspections were completed, with no real urgency, no evidence that there were weapons of mass destruction."

The Iraq war diverted US attention from the war on terrorism "and undermined the support that we might have had," Bush said in an interview with an ABC's "This Week" programme.

Clinton said there had been a "heroic but so far unsuccessful" effort to put together an constitution that would be universally supported in Iraq.

The US strategy of trying to develop the Iraqi military and police so that they can cope without US support "I think is the best strategy. The problem is we may not have, in the short run, enough troops to do that," said Clinton.

On Hurricane Katrina, Clinton faulted the authorities' failure to evacuate New Orleans ahead of the storm's strike on August 29.

People with cars were able to heed the evacuation order, but many of those who were poor, disabled or elderly were left behind.

"If we really wanted to do it right, we would have had lots of buses lined up to take them out," Clinton.
Oh my goodness! Buses?!?!? You mean like THESE, Bill? The ones Mayor Ray Nagin and Governor Kathleen Blanco decided not to use??? The ones that are now useless because they have been sitting in standing water? Those ones?

What a classless idiot.

Does he not realize that Britain is not part of the United States? Nor are Italy, Australia, Japan, Poland, and the other countries that make up the 30 country coalition that supported the War in Iraq?

The UN had 12 years and 17 resolutions worth of useless inspections and chat.

Who really cares what Mr. "I did not inhale" says about anything? It wasn't as though he had an administration fraught with national crises, only personal crises. He never had to face the horrors of 9/11 or the natural catastrophe that is Katrina.

Bill Clinton needs to shut his big fat mouth.