Hillary Clinton "knocks" President Bush's "handling of Pakistan":
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton hurled a dart at President George W. Bush that seemed also aimed at her Democratic rivals, saying the president's mismanagement of Pakistan diplomacy has contributed to instability in that nuclear-tipped nation pocked with Taliban redoubts.
"This is one of the most dangerous and difficult regions in the world, we know that," Clinton told a receptive audience that packed an elementary school gymnasium here Friday. "We have suffered and experienced what that means here at home. I am urging President Bush to adopt a new policy."
In attacking Bush over turmoil in Pakistan one day after the assassination there of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Clinton suggested that her eight years as the nation's first lady gave her a timely familiarity with world diplomacy that her Democratic rivals lack.
Clinton repeatedly reminded the audience that she had met with leaders from the region as recently as the past year, including Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, and said her efforts to get Bush to broker smoother relations between them had proved fruitless.
Clinton accused Bush of failing to hold Musharraf accountable for deteriorating political stability in Pakistan, and urged him to demand an "international, independent investigation" of Bhutto's death.
I wonder if President Clinton's mismanagement of Yeman diplomacy contributed to the bombing of the USS Cole? Did Hillary blame her husband for mismanagement when the World Trade Center was bombed in 1993? What about the 1995 bomb in Riyadh that killed five Americans? Or the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 U.S. servicemen? Wonder what Hillary thought of Bill's decision to bomb an aspirin factory in Sudan in retaliation for the bombings of two US embassies in Africa, where more than 200 people were killed and thousands injured? Does she place any blame on her husband for the September 11, 2001 attacks for refusing to capture bin-Laden when he had the chance? Richard Miniter:
The Clinton administration simply did not want the responsibility of taking Osama bin Laden into custody. Former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger is on the record as saying: "The FBI did not believe we had enough evidence to indict bin Laden at that time and therefore opposed bringing him to the United States." Even if that was true — and it wasn't — the U.S. could have turned bin Laden over to Yemen or Libya, both of which had valid warrants for his arrest stemming from terrorist activities in those countries. Given the legal systems of those two countries, Osama would have soon ceased to be a threat to anyone.
After months of debating how to respond to the Sudanese offer, the Clinton administration simply asked Sudan to deport him. Where to? Ambassador Carney told me what he told the Sudanese: "Anywhere but Somalia."
In May 1996 bin Laden was welcomed into Afghanistan by the Taliban. It could not have been a better haven for Osama bin Laden.
Talk about "mismanagement". Hillary also criticized Barack Obama for, get this, "politicizing Bhutto's death":
"I just regret that [Obama and his chief strategist] would be politicizing this tragedy, and especially at a time when we do need to figure out a way forward," Clinton said Friday in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.