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Median Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-01-08 02:12 AM
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Did Bill Clinton Support The Iraq Invasion?
I personally recall that Bill Clinton was supportive of Iraq invasion both before and immediately after the Iraq invasion. I remember it driving me crazy, because the media portrayed it as notable that former and current presients seemed quite chummy at the time. Does anyone have links to articles written both before and after April 2003 regarding Bill Clinton's support or opposition to the Iraq war. Here is what I found:

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http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/69420 /

"But Clinton's public support for the war is a matter of record. Just before George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair invaded Iraq, Clinton published an op-ed in the London Guardian (3/18/03) urging Britons to "Trust Tony's Judgment":

As Blair has said, in war there will be civilian was well as military casualties. ... But if we leave Iraq with chemical and biological weapons, after 12 years of defiance, there is a considerable risk that one day these weapons will fall into the wrong hands and put many more lives at risk than will be lost in overthrowing Saddam.

Clinton's column included the less-than-prescient prediction that "military action probably will require only a few days."

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Here's another discussion in the Nation of Bill's support for the invasion:

http://www.thenation.com/blogs/campaignmatters?pid=2549 ...

It is...illogical to believe that stocks would not get into the wrong hands," Clinton said just days after the war began. "It's easier to deal with the production and spread of this stuff than deal with the aftermath."

Clinton also downplayed the potential costs of waging war. On September 3, 2002, a month before Hillary authorized the war, he told CNN: "I don't think it will be a big military problem if we do it."

That statement begs the question: Instead of opposing the war, did Clinton actually urge his wife to vote in favor of it?
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LordJFT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-01-08 02:19 AM
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1. he did until it became politically expedient to say he'd opposed it
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magellan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-01-08 02:21 AM
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2. I suspect that being the corporatists they are
...they were both all for the invasion and shared the dreams of avarice many big-wigs had about transforming Iraq into a shining example of "free market" capitalism.
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