An interesting article in Mother Jones magazine argues that Clinton, like Bush, lied about Iraq and WMDs:
“It could wipe out populations of whole countries!” Cokie Roberts gasped as Cohen described the Iraqi arsenal. “Millions, millions,” Cohen responded, “if it were properly dispersed.”
A year later, at a nationally televised town hall meeting on Iraq at Ohio State University, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright brought home the dangers: “Iraq is a long way from Ohio, but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risk that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face. The evidence is strong that Iraq continues to hide prohibited weapons and materials.”
These claims from the Clinton team, we now know, were every bit as wrong as the exaggerated assertions of the Bush administration.
The primary evidence the article examines is the Clinton administration’s use of the testimony of Iraqi defector Hussein Kamel.
Bits of Kamel’s testimony were used for years – in both the Clinton and Bush administrations – to argue that Iraq presented a great danger due to its WMDs. What neither administration told us is that Kamel had testified that Iraq no longer had any WMDs. (I’ve previously blogged about Kamel in the context of criticizing the Bush administration.)
Did Clinton (or Bush) know for certain that Iraq had no WMDs? Maybe, maybe not. But they did know for certain that the Kamel testimony they used as evidence directly contradicted Kamel’s own statements – and they kept this obviously relevant fact hidden from us. Clinton and his underlings deliberately chose to deceive the American people.
Why? Apparently, because they had to keep the sanctions going. To back down would be “letting Saddam win”; it would be appearing less than totally manly. Never mind that hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis were being killed by the sanctions; never mind that it was obvious that the sanctions had totally failed to force Saddam out of power; never mind that the US was developing a deserved reputation the world over as a butcher of Iraqis. All that really mattered is that Clinton not appear to back down. All that really mattered is that Clinton’s dick continue to appear bigger than Saddam’s.
And that, folks, was what it was all about.
I’ve noticed a certain attitude among progressives that we should forget what happened. It’s a dead issue now, after all. Let’s all unite in defeating Bush and part of that is pretending that things weren’t horrible under the Clinton adminstration, and that the White House wasn’t full of sick monsters who vomited hate and pissed child murder even before Bush was sworn in to office.
The hell with that.
Fuck Clinton, fuck Gore, fuck those democrats who refuse to hold them accountable, and fuck everyone who used lies to support inhuman policies. I only hope that there is a hell, so they can all burn in it.