Friday, June 29, 2007

In case you were worried about a world without Jimmy Carter

Former president Bill Clinton tends to forget what country he was president of. Speaking in the Ukraine, he gave another shining example.

Clinton said the defense system, parts of which are to be deployed in Poland and the Czech Republic, had created unnecessary difficulties with Russia, which denounces the plan as an attempt to undermine its defense capabilities.

"My facts may be wrong, but my impression is that we are creating a crisis here when none is necessary," Clinton told a conference in the Ukrainian resort of Yalta on the ex-Soviet state's relationship with Europe.

"Because I don't think the missile defense system is reliable enough to create an impact."

He suggested it was more logical to return to the reasoning of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan's long abandoned "star wars" projects of the 1980s intended to counter hostile missile systems.

"He wanted the Russians to have it, he wanted everyone to have it," he told the conference. "Unless they work better than I think they do, it's a colossal waste of money."

Given the cost to rebuild even one city devastated by a nuclear missile strike, it would be a colossal waste of money not to implement a defense against Iranian missiles. (And by the way, the missile defense systems continually improve, so Clinton's intel on their capabilities is way out of date.) But what do you expect from a man who couldn't see the cost-benefit of taking out Osama Bin Laden after the first of his many attacks on U.S. lives and assets, rather than waiting for an attack so big it couldn't be swept under the carpet?

Nice to know that when ol' Jimmah goes to his final reward, Slick Willie will still be around to sell out the United States to its enemies.

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