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.
He also explicitly stated that his adminsitration would have done a better job on Katrina.
What very unclassy behavior for an ex-President to engage in. He did do a better job on Katrina...no wait, that was Monica.
For some psychoanalytical observations, we turn to Shrinkwrapped :
Maybe the Able Danger story has been overly hyped by the blogosphere (in direct proportion to the lack of interest by the LMSM*), however, it seems that as time goes on more and more information leaks out confirming aspects of the Able Danger as reported. If the Congressional Investigations blow the lid off of Able Danger, it is impossible to see the LMSM hiding the fact that this was a blunder of Titanic proportions and that it occurred under the Clinton watch, aided and abetted by such luminaries as Sandy Berger and Jamie Gorelick.
Which raise the question in my mind: Was this in the back of Bill Clinton's mind when he launched his infantile and unprecedented attack on Bush over the weekend?
I concur with my colleague, and will go one step further and say that Berger and Gorelick were both part of an attempt to make sure certain information about the Clinton Adminstration's collosal failure with regard to dealing with and enabling Islamic terrorism remained outside of history.
Finally, The Anchoress also has some psychological insight on former Presidnet Clinton, probably one of the most pathetic presidents in US history--all form and no substance. Here is her conclusion, but read the entire piece on "Bill Clinton's Heartbreak":
The Able Danger story is suggesting that warnings went unheeded regarding the attack on the USS COLE, and that enormous amounts of documentation - “2.5 terabytes” - as much as one-fourth of all the printed materials in the Library of Congress,” have been destroyed by order of…someone. Witnesses want to testify, the Judiciary committee does not want the testimony to be public.
The story has been buried due to Katrina news and Katrina Bush-blaming, Clinton news and Clinton Bush-blaming, and an unsurprising move by many in the mainstream press to keep the story relagated to page 34 of section B, below the fold. Now, with public hearings set for Wednesday, perhaps all of this verbage from President Clinton is nothing more than a pre-emptive strike - a way to minimize any damage from Able Danger by saying it is all “a spiteful response to Clinton’s measured critiques.”
But all the misdirection in the world can’t keep a true story of malfeasance, mismanagement and political paralysis from finally breaking the surface, and maybe that - more than anything - accounts for so much that seems sad and crazy and overwrought in American politics, these days.
Meanwhile, the Lunatic Fringe manages to go berserk again and engage in their usual high level of political discourse.
I will be very interested in comparing the legacies of Clinton and Bush and how their respective presidencies fare in history. I don't think things bode very well for Bill.
UPDATE: Bill is fisked by Chester. Worth a read.