Bill Clinton was never the most truthful of politicians, but this lie on Iraq is a real howler as The New York Post’s editorial writers point out:
Same old Bill
The New York Post
November 29, 2007
Bill Clinton has always been a stranger to the truth, but is it possible that he’s never heard of Google? Apparently.
How else to explain his ridiculous claim – while campaigning for Hillary out in Iowa – that he “opposed [the] Iraq [war] from the beginning”?
Say what? In point of fact, only Joe Lieberman among Democrats was a stronger initial supporter of President Bush’s decision to topple Saddam Hussein than Clinton.
Indeed, the former president boasted in a June 2004 interview with Time magazine: “I have repeatedly defended President Bush against the left on Iraq.”
… For the record, then, here’s what Clinton really had to say about the Iraq war.
“We’ve got the power, we’ve got the juice. We should do the job,” he told students at the University of Florida in an April 2003 speech.
Later that month, Clinton declared in St. Louis: “Saddam is gone and good riddance” – adding: “Bush has done the right thing in removing Saddam Hussein from power.”
And just days after Bush’s controversial State of the Union Address that year, Clinton said: “It is incontestable that on the day I left office, there were unaccounted-for stocks of biological and chemical weapons.”
What’s more, Bill Clinton made a direct link between 9/11 and Iraq: In a 2004 Time interview, the former president stressed that because of 9/11, Bush had an obligation to move against Saddam:
“That’s why I supported the Iraq thing,” he said. “There was a lot of [weapons] stuff unaccounted for . . . When you’re the president, and your country has just been through what we had, you want everything to be accounted for.” …