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Clinton's Secret Wars: The Evolution of a Commander in Chief

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  • Posted November 25, 2009

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    Sale Writes Well, But is a Tad Disingenuous

    Sale in his defense of Clinton ignores the fact that Clinton could be tough. When it was bombing innocent Serbs in the wake of his Impeachment. Our intervention in Bosnia may - may have been justified,but the Kosovo War was ILLEGAL, much more so than any pretense of Iraq being so.

    Sale doesn't mention that our bombings of Belgrade in an ILLEGAL war incinerated 2000 Serb men, women and children, or that the KLA whom we supported were thugs, rapists, and qaedists.

    He also ignores the fact Clinton had the chance to "take out" Bin Laden after the USS Cole bombing. John O'Neill, the FBI counterterror expert murdered on 9/11 and even Richard Clarke urged him to do so. They knew exactly where Bin Laden was. But again, Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Sandy Burger, and even George Tenet demurred. Clinton was in close negotiations with Arafat at the time, and we couldn't offend that other terrorist by bombing fellow Muslims was one of the excuses. The other? Oh, Caliphates from Oman or Qatar were visiting the Mosque in Afghanistan Bin Laden frequented, and we would incur the wrath of "moderate" Muslims if our bombs killed them as well as Bin Laden.

    A resolute leader would have said: "Damn Arafat and the consequences. This guy is killing Americans!" but not Bill Clinton. Much easier to kill Serbs who are not a threat to American security. Sale obvious didn't touch that one with a ten-foot pole. I have a feeling his next book will call one Barry Obama, as the greatest Commander in Chief in American History.

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

    A must read for history or political buffs!

    I gained so much insight about Clinton's foreign policy and that entire era . . . . though I think of myself as fairly well read, almost all of this was new to me and thus very humbling. I thought the book was awesome in detail and tone, and I loved the pace of the book . . . it would have been so easy to get bogged down, but it never did. "Clinton's Secret Wars" had just the right mix of history, intimate details of inner circle meetings and arguments, and descriptions of the main players that gave you a good sense of their strengths and weaknesses. I plan to recommend it to a number of people who I believe would find value in it!

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