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Bill Clinton Calls Iraq 'Big Mistake'
By LARA SUKHTIAN, Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Former President Clinton told Arab students Wednesday the United States made a ``big mistake'' when it invaded Iraq, stoking the partisan debate back home over the war.

Clinton cited the lack of planning for what would happen after Saddam Hussein was overthrown.

``Saddam is gone. It's a good thing, but I don't agree with what was done,'' Clinton told students at a forum at the American University of Dubai.

``It was a big mistake. The American government made several errors ... one of which is how easy it would be to get rid of Saddam and how hard it would be to unite the country.''

Clinton's remarks came when he was taking questions about the U.S. invasion, which began in 2003. His response drew cheers and a standing ovation at the end of the hour-long session.

Clinton said the United States had done some good things in Iraq: the removal of Saddam, the ratification of a new constitution and the holding of parliamentary elections.

``The mistake that they made is that when they kicked out Saddam, they decided to dismantle the whole authority structure of Iraq. ... We never sent enough troops and didn't have enough troops to control or seal the borders,'' Clinton said.

As the borders were unsealed, ``the terrorists came in,'' he said.

Clinton said it would have been better if the United States had left Iraq's ``fundamental military and social and police structure intact.''

Democrats are accusing President Bush of having misled the American public about the urgency of the Iraqi threat before his order to invade, and Bush on Monday threw back at Democratic critics the worries they once expressed about Saddam.

``They spoke the truth then and they're speaking politics now,'' Bush charged.

On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld continued Bush's attack, citing the words of Clinton and others from his administration as saying Saddam was a security threat to the United States and its allies.

At a Pentagon news conference, Rumsfeld noted the Iraq Liberation Act that Congress passed in 1998 had said it should be U.S. government policy to support Saddam's removal from power. He noted that Clinton signed the act and ordered four days of bombing in December 1998.

Recent opinion polls show Bush as having the lowest approval rating of his presidency. In AP-Ipsos polling, a majority of Americans say Bush is not honest and they disapprove of his handling of foreign policy and the war on terrorism.

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Mr. Clinton should have done two things: [1] realize the coming Rumsfeld speech in which he (inevitably) would used Clinton's own comments to support the bush case for (his illegal conduct and war crimes) [2] Spoken out that the sophist argument that (...now that the war was committed lets argue the merits...)the war was justifiable... It was not. It should not have been fought. You cannot start your argument with "..the war was "incorrectly fought,...errors were made,.... armaments were allowed to be stolen;..not enough troops;...)..that is the sophist's choice. The honest and civil argument is that Mr. Hussein should not have been invaded to begin with; "perpetual war for perpetual peace"; planned moral turpitude and theft (of money, gas and oil was designed into the bush plan for the bushwar",... you, President Clinton, cannot for an instant accept this war as justifiable and now argue the merits of whether it was conducted fairly or not.

Bob Banos
Mill Valley, Ca.

thanks for the great job you did preventing 9/11.

Well, maybe bluebird. The real crime and crying shame is that Duhbya was too busy vacationing in August '01 to take seriously the PDB entitled 'Bin Laden Determined to Attack US'. And isn't it strange that at the time we learned that Al Quida was responsible for the Cole attack, Duhbya sent Powell to Afghanistan (May '01) with $45 million for the Taliban. Look it up if you don't beleive me. Your best comeback will be that in February of '01 Team bush cancelled the Clinton Admin. policy of denying funding or support to countries harboring terrorists and cancelled drone overflights looking for Bin Laden. Your guy Powell testified to that in the Intelligence hearings. Guess they wanted to clear the way to send their buds the Taliban all that "people's money".

But, I will agree that the trumped up impeachment and useless suits perpetrated by Republian Party leaders probably was a distraction from President Clinton being able to focus on leading our country as well as he would have liked. Now, whose lies are worse? Cannot wait for the next impeachment!

The Clinton family, like the Bush family, should remove themselves from the field of politics and go into money grubbing. That where their hearts lie. IMHO Hillary is the most power mad of them all. I would never vote for Hillary. She should understand that many Americans are pissed off at her for her support for the crimes of Israel, in particular the wall.

In fact, I feel very sorry for the Jewish people because they are using and being used by the Christian Zionists, who are a suicidal group that plan to take us all with them.

Aint none of them going to be up there in the sky.

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