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Clinton lied, people died

And now we come to the latest preposterous meme excreted and promoted by the anti-American Left: “At least when Clinton lied, no one died!” I’m seeing this one pop up on those few (very few) Lefty sites I bother visiting, and it’s quite possibly the most pathetic in a long line of pathetic attempts to gain some kind – any kind – of electoral traction by these whining losers.

“When Clinton lied, no one died,” eh? Oh, rilly?

A case can be made that a candidate as a war criminal – another foolish policy that the winners implement and from which we should have learned after Nuremberg – is President Clinton himself. And I’m not thinking of Yugoslavia. Clinton’s missile strikes against Afghanistan and Sudan last year (more killing but no dying for your country) were billed as the beginning of a war against international terrorism, after the bombing of U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam. There’s been no follow-up. The attack on the “chemical warfare plant” in Khartoum turned out to be an aspirin factory, in which 20 or 30 innocent Sudanese workers were killed.

As one of the world’s more friendless countries, dirt poor and ruled by an unpleasant dictator (far worse than Slobodan Milosevic) who tolerates slavery, Sudan was an easy, convenient and safe target. Afghanistan is even more unpopular than Sudan. However, the attacks served to divert attention momentarily from Monica Lewinsky’s testimony before a grand jury about her goings-on beneath President Bill’s Oval Office desk. Wag the dog, indeed.

Again, Clinton’s air strikes against Iraq coincided with impeachment hearings (and delayed them a couple of days instead of cancelling them). They served only to drive UN investigators out of Iraq and gave Saddam Hussein a propaganda victory and freedom to continue secretly making chemical and bacteriological weapons that he’s used in the past against Kurds who, like Albanians of Kosovo, want autonomy and/or independence. Saddam has also used these forbidden weapons against Iran, but America didn’t like Iran much at the time, so paid no attention. Clinton is safe, but if any tinpot dictator did what he’s done he’d be a candidate for a war crimes trial.

I’d suggest to the Bush-haters that they be very careful indeed about invoking Bill Clinton as some sort of example of comparative virtue in their ongoing smear campaign against Bush. But hey, when inveterate liars sanctimoniously accuse someone of lying in an attempt to ultimately overturn election results they don’t care for (they’re calling for impeachment yet again in case you didn’t know), it’s always bound to turn ugly in the end.

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