Thursday, January 25, 2007

A Dead Horse Named Bill Clinton

Scalia, answering questions after a speech, also said that critics of the 5-4 ruling in Bush v. Gore need to move on six years after the electoral drama of December 2000, when it seemed the whole nation hung by a chad awaiting the outcome of the presidential election. "It's water over the deck — get over it," Scalia said, drawing laughs from his audience.
-Mark Sherman, Associated Press

Yeah, here's the thing about that. "Water under the bridge" is the normal phrase. "Water over the deck" indicates that the ship is sinking and the wrong guy is captain.

I'm in a quandary here because I keep thinking about something I've heard from a couple of Republicans during the troop surge debate. Escalation? Augmentation? Anyway, more than once some have said that to even debate this only emboldens our enemies.

So publicly disagreeing with the president is aiding and abetting the enemy.

So why haven't all those senators who criticized Clinton when he sent troops into Kosovo turned themselves in? Why isn't Tom DeLay in Gitmo right now? I'm limiting my scope here to wartime behavior. Although, as has often been pointed out, Clinton didn't do enough to stop Bin Laden; isn't is possible that he was distracted during the six-year unprecedented criminal investigation which yielded no actual charges other than lying to the grand jury about an unrelated personal matter? Could THAT have taken his eye off the ball a little?

I'm just saying. And the other day, at WHERE ARE MY KEYS, I was in a comment section debate about this. Madeline's Dad said,

When the 9/11 Commission did their investigation, and the resulting report, all we kept hearing about was how the Clinton guys gave all this info to the Bush guys, describing what a threat Bin Laden, et al were/are. If that's the case, that al-Q was the biggest thing out there, why didn't the American people know anything about them?

This from the side that routinely calls the New York Times a branch of Al-Jazeera for reporting UN-classified information. I think I had a stroke when I read that. I brought up the fact that Bush wasn't exactly giving daily Bin Laden briefings before 9/11 either. He eventually said he gives both sides a pass for what they did BEFORE 9/11. I believe he is worried that as we speak, congress is housing an Al-Quaeda office in that basement conference room they had to meet in a couple of years ago. If there is another attack on American soil, it will be because the Republicans are no longer running all the branches of government.

The way I see it, the biggest assault on our nation occurred under exactly that scenario, but MD and the other Bush apologists cannot admit that. It's the elephant in the room, if you will.

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