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Saturday, April 03, 2010

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Minor reinforcing point. When asked about what he is doing now in Haiti, Clinton talked about getting the mango crop going, the avocado crop, the coffee crop and so on

"We’re thinking about how can we get the coffee production up, how can we get other kinds of—the mango production up—we had an announcement on that yesterday—the avocados, lots of other things. And so—"

Note that these are export crops. (I mean Haitian's eat mangoes and avocados and drink coffee, but they are not staples in the sense rice is, and if they grow them in large quantities it would be for export.) But Clinton did not even hint that reviving Haiti's destroyed rice industry was a goal. So even while he is apologizing, actually correcting the error he admits is not a goal.

But wasn't it heart-warming to see oligarchs Clinton and his adoptive brother GW head off posthaste to Haiti to bring the kind of help that only they can bring - unlimited amounts of bullshit? Surely that'll help improve the mango production...

Family solidarity in the face of adversity is a truly inspiring thing, and the photos of their brave smirking faces quite literally took my breath away!

I never could stand Bill Clinton, and always thought he was just about the worst thing that ever happened to the Democratic Party. I'm always gratified to see my impressions validated. Gives me warm feelings of schadenfreude as I watch Western civilisation nosedive into the ground.

I used to think that Clinton should have resigned as President after he admitted lying under oath. Then Gore would have become President.

Maybe it wouldn't have made much difference.

I used to confuse Republicans by agreeing that Clinton should be impeached, but for something that actually mattered (like attacking Yugoslavia)--not their absurd panty-chase.

What makes the Clinton speech even more outrageous is his reversal on asylum for Haitian boat people. It was a non-trivial issue in the 1992 campaign, and Clinton criticized Bush's policy of returning them without amnesty several times in the months leading up to the election. His election was followed by several upbeat articles about rising hopes in Haiti and at the UN.

He subsequently reversed course within days of being inaugurated and announced that he would be continuing Bush's policy. I may be wrong on this, but I remember it as one of the very first things he did when he was inaugurated.

Nope, you're dead on, and I'm kicking myself for not mentioning that as well (though he hasn't "apologized" for it yet, that I know of).

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8056762.stm

http://www.workers.org/2008/world/haiti_1002/

One of these things is not like the other.

Ah, much better. Here I can read comments without encountering N E's repulsive justifications and excuses for anything a Democrat does. Of course, if I really objected to reading them, I could just skip them, and of course I don't have to respond to them either. But still.

...I used to confuse Republicans by agreeing that Clinton should be impeached, but for something that actually mattered (like attacking Yugoslavia)--not their absurd panty-chase.

At the time, I mostly just felt like everyone involved in this stellar event needed to be beaten soundly with a big rock. (I said as much to a phone pollster, who was trying to keep a straight face as she kept telling me that 'Beat them all with a big rock until they STFU' is not an option for answering these questions, ms_xeno.")

In retrospect, I feel that it would have been accidental justice of a sort had Big Dog Dick actually been impeached for failing to keep it in his pants. Given that his "welfare reform" was essentially his smug punishment of millions of working and/or poor women who dared to have sex with somebody other than him and those "angry White males" that he spent so much time placating at the constant expense of his supposed "base."

At the time, I mostly just felt like everyone involved in this stellar event needed to be beaten soundly with a big rock. (I said as much to a phone pollster, who was trying to keep a straight face as she kept telling me that 'Beat them all with a big rock until they STFU' is not an option for answering these questions, ms_xeno.")

Oh, thank you so much for the morning laugh, Ms. Xeno.

Duncan, I only read about 5% of the text of NE's comments (and that mainly by accident, since I sometimes don't scroll down fast or far enough to see that it's one of his), but I always appreciate your surgical dismantling of his rationalizations du jour. And I'm sure I'm not the only one.

...Oh, thank you so much for the morning laugh, Ms. Xeno.

No problem, Catherine. The laughs came faster back then because the irony just seemed so much newer and fresher, doncha' know... ;)

How are NE's comments filtered out here? Where does a neophyte go to find them?

Such a right on and devastating title.

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