Voice of reason in Bushspeak world

Posted on September 20, 2005 
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Clinton is has finally broke with tradition of the muted ex-Presidents and emerged as a lone voice of reason in the screaming chorus of sycophants.

In point form:

  • Bush invaded Iraq “virtually alone and before UN inspections were completed, with no real urgency, no evidence that there were weapons of mass destruction.”
  • There had been a “heroic but so far unsuccessful” effort to put together an constitution that would be universally supported in Iraq.
  • The US strategy of trying to develop the Iraqi military and police so that they can cope without US support “is the best strategy. The problem is we may not have, in the short run, enough troops to do that.”
  • On Hurricane Katrina, the authorities’ failed to evacuate New Orleans ahead of the storm’s strike on August 29.People with cars were able to heed the evacuation order, but many of those who were poor, disabled or elderly were left behind.”If we really wanted to do it right, we would have had lots of buses lined up to take them out.”
  • “When James Lee Witt ran FEMA, because he had been both a local official and a federal official, he was always there early, and we always thought about that.But both of us came out of environments with a disproportionate number of poor people.” (Witt was FEMA’s head during Clinton’s 1993-2001 presidency.)
  • On the US budget, Clinton warned that the federal deficit may be coming untenable, driven by foreign wars, the post-hurricane recovery programme and tax cuts that benefitted just the richest one percent of the US population, himself included.
  • More quotes from Clinton:

    “What Americans need to understand is that … every single day of the year, our government goes into the market and borrows money from other countries to finance Iraq,Afghanistan, Katrina, and our tax cuts.”

    “We have never done this before. Never in the history of our republic have we ever financed a conflict, military conflict, by borrowing money from somewhere else.”

    “We depend on Japan, China, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and Korea primarily to basically loan us money every day of the year to cover my tax cut and these conflicts and Katrina. I don’t think it makes any sense.”

    Firms with White House ties get Katrina contracts


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