Posted By LambChop
From The Daily Beast:
In an event closed to the press, The Daily Beast recorded some remarks by former First Black President Bill Clinton about the current Half Black President, Barack Obama. Clinton, speaking with Sen. John McCain at the event sponsored by the McCain Institute, contrasted Obama’s inaction in Syria to his action taken in the 1999 NATO intervention in Kosovo – when he bombed forces of Serbian President Milosevic. Clinton said a president must look beyond public and Congressional reluctance to military intervention for the sake of national security and to save lives.
Clinton schooled Obama on appearing “lame” and accused the current Preezy of looking like a “wuss” or a “fool” by avoiding military intervention to satisfy shorter term political agendas.
“You just think how lame you’d be… suppose I had let a million people, two million people be refugees out of Kosovo, a couple hundred thousand people die, and they say, ‘You could have stopped this by dropping a few bombs. Why didn’t you do it?’ And I say, ‘because the House of Representatives voted 75% against it? You look like a total wuss, and you would be. If you refuse to act and you cause a calamity, the one thing you cannot say when all the eggs have been broken is, ‘Oh my god, two years ago there was a poll that said 80 percent of you were against it.’ You look like a total fool. If you refuse to act and you cause a calamity, the one thing you cannot say when all the eggs have been broken is, ‘Oh my god, two years ago there was a poll that said 80 percent of you were against it.’”
“Some people say, ‘See what a mess it is. Stay out.’ I think that’s a bad mistake. I agree with you about this. Sometimes it’s just best to get caught trying, as long as you don’t over commit. The only question is, now that the Russians and the Iranians and Hezbollah are in there head over heels, 90 miles to nothing, should we try to do something to slow their gains and rebalance the power so these rebel groups have a decent chance, if they are supported by the American people, to prevail. That could all be thrown away if this thing in Syria goes wrong. So my view is that we shouldn’t over learn the lessons of the past. I don’t think Syria is necessarily Iraq or Afghanistan. No one has asked us to send any soldiers in there.”
“What the American people are saying when they tell you not to do these things, they’re not really telling you not to do these things. They’re saying, ‘You know, we’ve had a lot of bad experiences with improper involvements. We’re skeptical of this. We’re not sure it’s our fight. We don’t have all the money in the world. For God’s sakes, be careful. That’s really what they’re telling you. They hire you to win. The president and the Congress are hired to win for American and for our values and our interests, to look around the corner and see down the road.”
“When people are telling you ‘no’ in these situations, very often what they are doing if flashing a giant yellow light and saying, ‘For god’s sakes be careful, tell us what you are doing, think thinks through… But they still hire the president to look around the corner and down the street. In the end, trust the American people, tell them what you’re doing, hope to god you can sell it, and hope you turn out to be alright.”
Clinton’s speech marks the christening of the foreign policy portion of Hillary’s 2016 presidential run .After Benghazi and now the Ambassador sex scandal, Clinton’s pathetic tenure as Secretary of State will require much smoke and mirrors – including distancing herself from Obama’s schizophrenic foreign policy decisions. Meanwhile the White House is totally inert and impotent when it comes to Syria, giving lip service to a recent meeting which resulted in nothing – nada, the big goose egg, zero, zilch.
Clinton actually said that Obama can’t govern by opinion polls and take a longer view when it comes to deciding what to do in Syria.