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Having declared last Wednesday that the U.S. invasion of Iraq was a "big mistake," former President Bill Clinton now thinks the Bush Administration policy may succeed.
Speaking to Arab students in Dubai, the capital of United Arab Emirates, Clinton said "Saddam is gone. It's a good thing, but I don't agree with what was done."
Last night however, he told an audience of 700 in Valhalla, New York that the recent vote on an Iraqi constitution went well, and the next test will be whether the once-dominant Sunni Arabs participate in the Dec. 15 elections, according to Westchester County's Journal News.
If they do, he said , "this enterprise could still work," and "we could look at having a fairly substantial drawdown (of troops) next year."
Originally posted by spacedoubt
Very analgous to his
"governing by the polls" style of running the country. Back when he was employed..
Originally posted by RANT
I really don't know that Clinton, the best Republican president we ever had, really waffled on anything in trade though as much as he was just being a "good conservative," and certainly didn't seem to waffle here saying both Bush's invasion was a "big mistake" and later that given various scenarios "could still work" (which makes sense to this college educated white male), but to each his own brand of push polling.
Kings don't take polls. Good president's do. And they tend to both do and say things for the benefit of the people they're elected to represent. Kind of a big part of democracy. But again, to each his own.
I suppose if I were struggling to justify one of the least popular Presidents in modern times, that a sheer minority agree with on most anything, I'd have to try and tear down one of the most popular Presidents in modern times, that most people agree with on everything. But I don't know that my integrity could allow me to turn populism into a seemingly bad thing.
Originally posted by junglejake
I really don't understand how this even could be considered a flip-flop.
Almost every newspaper online reprints the AP story, which includes the headline "U.S. Made a Big Mistake Invading Iraq." FOXNews.com also has that story posted. But a careful reading of the story indicates that Clinton may not have been saying the entire invasion was a mistake but that a big mistake was made in the course of the invasion.