True or not? The beauty of the Clintons, my friends, is that the answer to that question can be, and usually is, “both.” Start here with what Mark Halperin dug up from 2003. So he did support the war! Or did he?
In the crucial weekend before to the final breakdown of diplomacy in March, Mr Clinton was a guest of Mr Blair’s at Chequers where the pair discussed the crisis…
Three days after his Chequers meeting, Mr Clinton made a rare public appeal to his successor, George Bush, to give the UN weapons inspectors more time.
So he didn’t support the war! No, wait — he sort of did!
I’ve got to grab some dinner but I’ll let you take it from there. There’s no limit to how much triangulation might be found in Google’s archives. He wanted another round of weapons inspections before military action, except that the Europeans wouldn’t go along with that, so that means we had to … what? Take Saddam’s word for it? Go in anyway? Let Tony Blair call it in the air? Let me know in the comments what you find out. I’m guessing there’ll be support for all three positions.
Speaking of guys who want to have it both ways, here’s a little dessert for after you finish.
Update: Hot Air readers get results. He questioned the timing of the war, but not the war itself. Which leaves us … where?
Former President Clinton has revealed that he continues to support President Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq but chastised the administration over the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison.
“I have repeatedly defended President Bush against the left on Iraq, even though I think he should have waited until the U.N. inspections were over,” Clinton said in a Time magazine interview that will hit newsstands Monday, a day before the publication of his book “My Life.”…
Pressed on whether the Iraq war was worth the cost to the United States, Clinton said he would not have undertaken the war until after U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix “finished his job.”…
“I want it to have been worth it, even though I didn’t agree with the timing of the attack,” Clinton said.