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FAREED ZAKARIA (CNN) : President Clinton, you’ve seen the agreement that the United States and Russia have reached on Syria, you’ve heard some of the criticisms. What do you think of it?

BILL CLINTON, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: First of all, I think if it is implemented, a big IF, it is a good thing. And I agree with the president and Secretary Kerry and everybody else who has been involved in this that the United States needs to stand strong against chemical weapons, against the proliferation and use of them.

We ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention when I was president. It passed 74 to 26 in the Senate, had big bipartisan support. The effects of chemical weapons are horrid as we have documented in these pictures.

The United Nations issued a very strong report and the Secretary General says there’s no question that sarin gas was used on people in the larger Damascus area and elsewhere. So, I think it’s a good thing to do.

Now, there are some who say well, you know, this gives the initiative to Putin. And who cares how it came up? John Kerry got asked, “Well, what can we do to stop you from bombing?” And he said “make the problem go away.”

So Putin says “OK, I’ll do that.: And so they say well, this puts Russia in a position of leverage and it guarantees that Assad is going to be in power for a while longer.

That’s a separate issue. But there is inherent and enduring benefit in taking a step that has the potential to rid the world of these chemical weapons because it’s going to be difficult for anybody else to use them if this happens.

Now, we’re a long way between where we are today and whether this happens, but it’s worth doing.





Posted September 24, 2013 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Stewart “It’s the opening ceremony of the (George W) Bush library. It’s been four and a half years since we’ve seen President Bush. I imagine, like most Ex-Presidents, he’s been devoting himself to public service. You know, Bill Clinton’s got the Clinton Global Initiative, attacking a multitude of issues through tenacios NGO work. 88 year old Jimmy Carter, literally pulling the last remaining Guinea Worms out of poor children’s feet with his hands. What’s President Bush been up to?


George W Bush April 25, 2013 “I paint two or three hours a day.”



Stewart (imitates Bush) “Sometimes it seems, only a gallon of paint can drown out the screams of those I’ve wronged.”




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Re North Korea:

FAREED ZAKARIA (CNN): Do you think the Obama administration has handled this well?

BRET STEPHENS, FOREIGN AFFAIRS COLUMNIST, WALL STREET JOURNAL: I think, and painful and unnatural as it is for me to say this, I think they’ve handled it superbly, certainly in contrast to both predecessors, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

ZAKARIA: Both of whom fell for this …

STEPHENS: Both of whom fell for this story, but not understanding that this is a regime that doesn’t stay bribed and they manufacture crises in order to extract concessions from the West then you have a period of a year or two.

Meanwhile, the crisis serves the purpose of Kim Jong-un, or however, you say his name, because it helps consolidate his power base. We don’t want that to happen.

Now, I agree with Tom that China is the country that can solve this, but China is the country that will never solve this because their interests are two — I think they’ve had a conviction for a very long time that a reunified South Korea is a disaster for them.

It’s also potentially a humanitarian problem for them. I mean there are millions of Koreans who are going to be streaming north of the Yalu River if you have a disaster in Korea. So they are going to prop up this regime for a long time.

The Obama administration and Japan and South Korea, I doubt Russia, is going to have to engineer some kind of policy towards North Korea that works to make Kim’s rule shorter, that creates humanitarian avenues for North Koreans to leave, that puts public pressure on the Chinese to allow the underground — the North Korean Underground Railroad to move people to Mongolia or Thailand or however they get out.

But so far this administration has done better than anyone.

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Dan Rather Sept 10, 2012  “The reason Bill Clinton was so masterful, is he didn’t talk at people, he talked to people.  And, he had a conversation with the audience, with the American people, and he had a respect for the audience, even some respect for the other party.  This was powerful stuff.  Now neither, frankly, neither Obama nor Romney seems to have gotten that message fully.  But, it’s time, and I hope we have this in the rest of the campaign, when, let’s cut the bull feathers here.  Let’s cut this business of saying one thing to one group of people, and really talk to people, not at them, and talk seriously.  And the press has a big role to play in this.  The press needs to hold candidates accountable.  When they flip flop, not just the appearance of flip flop, when they flip flop that needs to be driven home.  There is a tendency in the press, and I do not except my self in this criticism, to say, well on the one hand this isn’t true, but on the other hand, you know, the other side says this, and try to kind of give a moral equivalency.  That’s not the way to cover a campaign, and I hope I, and the rest of the press can do better.”

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Bill Maher “The conventions, so different.  The Democrats finally looked like a real political party, the Republicans looked like a seminar on how to flip real estate for Jesus…..

Did you see that Bill Clinton speech?  One by one he picked apart and destroyed every claim of the Romney/Ryan campaign.  In fact, today, Todd Aiken said it qualified as a legitimate rape….

Clinton was just devastating in his simplicity.  At one point he said ‘I come from a place where people still thought two and two is four, and over at Fox news, they said get the fact checkers on that.”