Thursday, August 17, 2006

Clinton chides Republicans for fear mongering

In case you missed it, Bill Clinton on the Republicans' Politics of Terror:
"Taking a break from his work at the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto on Monday, former President Clinton warned Republicans not to politicize the London terror arrests, slammed Sen. Joe Lieberman, whom he campaigned for just a couple weeks ago, and tackled some of the controversies surrounding his work to fight AIDS.

'I don't think the thought in that London bomb plot has any bearing on our Iraq policy,' Clinton said.

'The Republicans should be very careful in trying to play politics with this London airport thing, because they're going to have a hard time with the facts.'

Clinton said that the London terror plot had raised two questions about the Republicans' political strategy.

'They seem to be anxious to tie it to al Qaeda. … If that's true, how come we got seven times as many troops in Iraq as in Afghanistan?' he said. 'Why have we imperiled President [Hamid] Karzai's rule and allowed the Taliban to come back into the southern part of Afghanistan? Why was Iraq deemed to be seven times more important than finding the al Qaeda leaders for the last five years?'

Secondly, Clinton asked why the administration and congressional leadership had opposed tighter security on cargo containers at ports and airports."