Sunday, September 24, 2006

7:30

Well. I watched Chris Wallace's interview with President Clinton this afternoon and I didn't think Clinton was over the top until he started lashing out at Wallace. He accused Wallace of smirking at him. As a semi-regular viewer, I have to say that Wallace smirks at everyone, but then, so does his dad. Clinton also mentioned a "right-wing conspiracy" which echoed his wife's famous "vast right-wing conspiracy" remark on a Today Show interview before she and the rest of the world knew the truth about Monica Lewinsky. I don't think dredging up those days does him any good.

I appreciated Clinton's point about needing but not getting certification from the FBI and CIA that bin Laden was behind the Cole bombing before he could get the right--or permission, I'm not sure--to fly military jets out of Uzbekistan, especially after reading Bob Woodward's Bush at War, but his lashing out at Rupert Murdoch and Fox News in general was a little weak. Why do an interview with them if you feel they are smirking and unfair? Some people are saying that Wallace broke a promise about divvying up the fifteen-minute interview as promised -- half for Clinton's charities; half for whatever Wallace wanted to ask, but Wallace doesn't have control over how long Clinton takes to answer his questions, though I suppose, he could have waited to 7:30 to begin the political questions.

Clinton also said that President Bush's neo-cons did not support his bombing Afghanistan in 1998 and now they're criticizing him for not having done enough to catch him. Neocons ...is that Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld? Not sure, but Jonah Goldberg digs up an old National Review editorial that looked favorably on that campaign and some old news articles that quotes House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott both supporting the actions.

For my part, I was in grad school in 1998 and was assigned to get man-on-the-street reactions to the bombing. People in Inwood, Manhattan, thought he was just trying to deflect attention from the Lewinsky business. I remember thinking at the time that they were terribly cynical.

2 Comments:

Blogger Mike in S.A. said...

People in Inwood, Manhattan, thought he was just trying to deflect attention from the Lewinsky business. I remember thinking at the time that they were terribly cynical.

They were terribly right. All Clinton cared about was his approval ratings, much to the detriment of his fellow Americans.

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Larry Flynt said...

Oh how naïve you both are!! Lewinsky was just a cover for the scandal they were really hiding – the “young male intern and the stained gerbil incident”.

10:58 AM  

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