Former President Bill Clinton has made an unprecedented attack on current US
foreign policy. The criticism was largely ignored by US media. However, this
report by the French news agency, AFP made it to the Yahoo news site.
In my humble opinion, US imperialism can be defeated only by its own citizens,
not by a foreign army. The coalition of the neo-conservatives and their
corporate allies can only be defeated by America's own social justice movement
and the broad peace coalition.
Not that Bill Clinton is a saint, but the animosity of Muslim Americans towards
him could be contratsted with their infatuation with George Bush before he
cracked down on them post 9/11.
Muslim Americans will have to move away from their love affair with right-wing
social conservatives and ally with the liberal left. Otherwise, come 2004, once
again the self-styled US Muslim leadership will urge a vote for Bush. This may
seem far fetched today, but there is every likelihood that organizations like
CAIR and ISNA will fall in line and urge support for Bush.
Clinton blasts US approach to international affairs
NEW YORK (AFP) - Former US President Bill Clinton blasted US foreign policy
adopted in the wake of the September 11 attacks, arguing the United States
cannot kill, jail or occupy all of its adversaries.
"Our paradigm now seems to be: something terrible happened to us on
September 11, and that gives us the right to interpret all future events in
a way that everyone else in the world must agree with us," said Clinton, who
spoke at a seminar of governance organized by Conference Board.
"And if they don't, they can go straight to hell."
The Democratic former president, who preceded George W. Bush at the White
House, said that sooner or later the United States had to find a way to
cooperate with the world at large.
"We can't run," Clinton pointed out. "If you got an interdependent world,
and you cannot kill, jail or occupy all your adversaries, sooner or later
you have to make a deal."
He said he believed Washington overreacted to German and French opposition
to US plans for military action against Iraq (news - web sites) and
suggested that the current administration had trouble juggling foreign and
"Since September 11, it looks like we can't hold two guns at the same time,"
Clinton said. "If you fight terrorism, you can't make America a better place
Clinton said that if he were at the White House right now he would scrap a
726-billion dollar tax cut proposal made by the president in January to
stimulate the flagging economy.
Congress has since cut the proposal to 550 billion dollars in the case of
the House of Representatives and 350 billion under a Senate version of the