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Bill Clinton’s faulty memory on Iraq

“Has Bill Clinton lost his touch?” asked William Kristol. Even those of us who have no love for the former president were always aware we were watching one of the all-time-great prevaricators at the top of his game. On issue after thorny issue—from whethe

William KristolThe Weekly Standard

“Has Bill Clinton lost his touch?” asked William Kristol. Even those of us who have no love for the former president were always aware we were watching one of the all-time-great prevaricators at the top of his game. On issue after thorny issue—from whether he supported the first Gulf War to whether or not he’d had sex with Monica Lewinsky—you could count on Clinton to avoid taking any clear position that might come back to haunt him. But while campaigning in Iowa for his wife last week, the “master of the straddle” stumbled into a big, fat lie. Clinton told a Democratic crowd that he’d “opposed Iraq from the beginning.” That’s funny: He’s on record—and on tape—as saying on multiple occasions that President Bush had “done the right thing in removing Saddam Hussein from power,” and that he himself “supported the Iraq thing.” Does this latest lie matter? It sure does, because Clinton’s transparent phoniness on Iraq reminds Democratic voters of his wife’s biggest weakness: She, too, will say whatever is most convenient at that moment. “Last week was a good week for Barack Obama.”

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