Monday, December 3, 2007

Bill Clinton, the World's Greatest Fertilizer Salesman


Paul Greenberg, of the excellent publication Patriot Post (which I just now discovered) let loose on Bill Clinton's assertion that he has been against the Iraq war the entire time:

“Of course Bill Clinton was against the war in Iraq from the beginning. It’s proven unpopular. It would be different if the war had gone better, as it has in Afghanistan. Bill Clinton’s still for that one. There’s a phrase for someone who’ll stick with you through thick and then and in-between: A man to tie to. Bill Clinton’s the opposite. Not only does he disappear when the going gets tough, he was never with you from the first—at least to hear him tell it. With him, history is one of the plastic arts. There is no surer guide to William Jefferson Clinton’s view of the past than what is popular in the present. All of his statements supporting the war in Iraq now have become, in a Nixonian word, inoperative. Down the memory hole they go, as if they’d never been uttered... Bill Clinton tends to bet for and against any political proposition that involves taking a risk, then recall only the position that proved popular. That way, he can’t lose. Principle has nothing to do with it... But never fear, should the long light of history reveal that in the end this long, long struggle in Iraq has bolstered freedom and stability in that always-volatile part of the world, rest assured, Bill Clinton will have been for it all along.”


When you hear people cite the fact that Clinton had high approval ratings throughout his presidency, it's wise to consider the fact that he is a man who stands for everything and nothing simultaneously. He doesn't lead, he follows, as the focus group chosen positions he took throughout his presidency illustrate.

If you don't believe me, feel free to read up on the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998, signed into law when Bill Clinton was the leader of the free world and George W. Bush was a Texas governor. A bite of it shows that non-interventionism was never on the Clinton agenda:

It should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq and to promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime.


In the Simpsons Movie, which came out next year, there's a scene where Marge agrees to stay with Homer after he talks about how he'll change his ways. Their son, Bart, interjects by saying, "Mom, you just bought more crap from the world's greatest fertilizer salesman."

I think that the position of "world's greatest fertilizer salesman" is far better suited to describe Bill Clinton.

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