‘Smart’ Bill Clinton manages to look like an idiot

What could possibly go wrong?

What could possibly go wrong?

Some things just make me tired. After everything that’s happened, we are still hearing this kind of crap from supposedly intelligent, informed (and important) people:

Former US president Bill Clinton said Tuesday that solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would take away much of the motivation for terrorism around the world.

He described the long-running conflict as the key problem in the region and said resolving it would have a knock on effect [sic] that could result in Syria ending its support for the Lebanese militant group Hizbullah and Iran turning back its controversial nuclear program.

“It will take about half the impetus in the whole world — not just the region, the whole world — for terror away,” he told an audience of Egyptian businessmen from the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. “It would have more impact by far than anything else that could be done.”

Does he — can he — believe that the Iranian nuclear program is in any way related to the situation of the Palestinian Arabs? Can he have missed the clear intention of the Iranian regime to control the region and its oil resources, and by the way, to destabilize the regime of Mubarak or his successor in Egypt?

Does he think that Syrian ambitions in Lebanon have anything to do with the Palestinians?

Does he think that the Palestinian issue motivates al-Qaeda or the Muslim Brotherhood in their efforts to banish Western influence from the Mideast and replace conservative regimes with radical Islamist ones?

Not to mention that ‘peace’ according to the usual formula is wholly unobtainable! Check out this list of 21 elephants in the room that prevent it.

But that’s not all. On another topic,

Weighing in on the controversy surrounding an Islamic Center being built in New York two blocks from the Sept. 11 attacks, Clinton suggested dedicating the proposed building to the 60 Muslim victims of the attacks.

“I think the decision to dedicate this center to the memory of those who lost their lives on that day would send a set of messages that would if not make this crisis go away, would dramatically reduce it,” he said.

The ‘crisis’ is that a majority of New Yorkers (and of Americans) think that the center should not be built in that location, either out of respect for the feelings of the families of the victims (all the victims) or because they have a suspicion that the center is intended to be — and will be perceived as — a triumphalist monument to the defeat of the US by radical Islam. It’s hardly likely that dedicating it to the Muslim victims of the attack would defuse these issues.

Possibly the AP report is incorrect and Clinton meant to suggest dedicating it to all the victims. Even so, the fact that it is a Muslim structure built on the scene of a successful attack in the name of Islam remains. There is one simple way to “make the crisis go away,” and that is to move the proposed structure by a few blocks. Of course, the fact that the promoters won’t agree to do this is telling.

I suppose that what this proves is that if you are a political celebrity like Bill Clinton, you can’t just tell every audience what you think they want to hear. Someone will report it and then, in the wider world, you’ll look like an idiot.

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5 Responses to “‘Smart’ Bill Clinton manages to look like an idiot”

  1. Shalom Freedman says:

    Stupidity runs the world. If someone with Clinton’s experience and ‘smarts’ believes such nonsense, what can be expected from most other leaders? Not too much. Conventional wisdom which is conventional stupidity.
    The sad thing is that Israel is the country which the U.S. feels it can pressure the most. And they need to do ‘something’. So it all focuses on making Israel fit the plan they have. This leads to a total denial of the intentions and purposes of the ‘other side’.

  2. Silke says:

    I find Clinton’s behaviour unacceptable from another point of view also. It is not only that it is stupid what he says, it is bad manners. He is an ex-president and I’ve been told that they are supposed to abstain from policy advice. George W. Bush does, Carter doesn’t.

    But that’s only half of it, his wife is secretary of state and he is meddling in her realm. If she sent him to test the water for her, then it is time to send her back to kitchen duty. If that is his idea of marital duty she should whip him thoroughly and extendedly.

  3. Robman says:

    This isn’t stupidity, folks. It is corruption. I wish it were only stupidity…..

    What does everyone expect? The Clinton Library got $45 million from Gulf Arab states. How much did Haiti get? How about Indonesia after the Tsunami? You think the Arabs invest this kind of money in a library because they care about “education”? C’MON!!!!!!!!

    No, “stupidity” – genuine stupidity – can be combated through reasoned arguments, facts, logic, etc. There is more of the latter displayed on this website alone in a week than one is likely to find in the Clinton household in an entire decade, at least concerning the Middle East.

    Those of us involved in Israel advocacy have seen just how much good relying on good faith efforts at reasoned argument based on objective facts, history, etc., does our cause. Against the likes of the Clintons, that would be ZILCH!!! Or the Obamas. Or the Carters…etc.


    For cryin’ out loud, I only dream of simply having to combat mere stupidity……

  4. Grandma says:

    Bill has graduated from being a womanizer to being a prostitute.

  5. Robman says:

    Good one, Grandma. You said in one sentence what it took me to do in several paragraphs.

    Sometimes, it takes a ‘wise grandma’…..