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Bill Clinton: Saddam's Aides Mostly 'Good, Decent'

Former president Bill Clinton praised Saddam Hussein's lieutenants and their underlings on Tuesday, saying they were mostly "good" and "decent" people."

"When [the U.S.] kicked out Saddam, they decided to dismantle the whole authority structure," Clinton told an audience at American University in Dubai. "Most of the people who were part of that structure were good, decent people who were making the best out of a very bad situation," he added.

While Clinton didn't name, names, Saddam's authority structure was dominated by his two murderous sons, Uday and Qusay, as well as notorious characters like Ali Hassan al-Majid, [aka Chemical Ali], Barzan al-Takriti, who ran the Iraq's brutal intelligence service, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who governed northern Iraq during chemical weapon attacks in the Kurds, and Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash [aka Mrs. Anthrax], who was a member of Saddam's Baathist National Command.

Clinton offered praise for Saddam's lieutenants during the same speech where he criticized the U.S. invasion of Iraq as "a big mistake."

While that comment received wide coverage, only the United Arab Emirates Khaleej Times noted his description of Saddam's underlings as mostly good and decent.
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It depends on the definition of "mostly". [;)]

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Saddam just killed those he didn't like. Well, he didn't like anyone, I don't think that fucker has the capacity to like. He just killed those who didn't fit into his plan. Sometimes he killed to intimidate. As his first official act as dicktator, he made members of the Baath party execute their fellow party members, some of whom had been friends since childhood.

What would you do if you were a Baath party member?

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Got a source, gooage? While I don't doubt Clinton said what was in quotes, the report seems to take it out of context with some pretty fierce spin. You can be assured Clinton wasn't defending Saddam's sons.

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gooage........heh heh.

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It depends on the definition of "mostly". [;)]
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Bill Clinton Calls Iraq 'Big Mistake'

By LARA SUKHTIAN
The Associated Press
Wednesday, November 16, 2005; 7:20 PM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- 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.



Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks during the memorial ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the assassination of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at the Mount Hertzl military cemetery in Jerusalem Monday Nov. 14, 2005.

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"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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Ah... Take that swill mouthed peaceniks...

Didn't I see you at the airport spitting on me...
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Ah... Take that swill mouthed peaceniks...

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Ahhh. OK, that story backs the point I made. Spinning words and false accusations. Sorry, nothing in there backs the assertion Clinton supported the Hussein criminal regime. Hohum.

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How often we see what we want to see!!
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