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Clinton Just Couldn't Wait
by J. Grant Swank, Jr., Pastor
18 April 2003

He had to mind his manners during the three-week war for fear of being labeled an obstructionist, but now that the fighting is over Bill Clinton can't keep his mouth shut.

He had to mind his manners during the three-week win war for fear of being labeled an obstructionist-out-of-order; but now that Iraqi Freedom is a given, he steps to the plate. What a fool. Nevertheless. . .

The former United States President William Clinton “blasted US foreign policy,” according to AFP. He ranted on and on that America cannot kill, jail and take over all of its enemies.

First, Bill, we don’t take over all of our enemies. And you know full well that we don’t. If we did, much of the world be pancake this morning.

You know the Iraqis are freed after thirty years under the Cult of Hussein the Horrible. You know that to do so one cannot wave a magic wand and have presto! Bad Boy zonked whereby fresh Garden of Eden emerges from the Genie bottle. There’s a price to pay. In other words, war happens. Hopefully, afterward there is minimal hurt and much freedom set loose for rebuilding on a democracy, the latter now proceeding in the New Iraq.

Further, all of our enemies are now quaking, Bill. We are not moving in to slaughter all our enemies. We are into demanding they quit their terrorist intents, cough up terrorists they’re hiding, and quit playing macabre with the decent countries of the planet. Our enemies are not being laid low by US-led troops; our enemies are learning to respect us because we represent freedom and the power to secure it.

Clinton went on: Americans seems to think that “September 11 . . . gives us the right to interpret all future events in a way that everyone else in the world must agree with us. And if they don’t, they can go straight to hell.”

Not. You know very well Bill that we do not demand that everyone else on the globe “agrees with us.” We are not naïve enough to conclude that. How do you explain the gathering of persons under a tent in Iraq to plan a New Iraq democracy, such individuals representative of a large spectrum of views? So it is with the US philosophy for tolerance regarding varying points of view.

But when it comes to our safety, there is no quibbling. When it comes to terrorists threatening our lives, there is no argument. When it comes to demanding that the thugs agree to our power hold on them, there is no give. Got it, Bill?

On those points there is no philosophical debate or high-sounding word exchange. In other words, we will tell the world to agree with us on our security, safety, and right to stay alive! And if they don’t, we can get tough — mighty tough. In that, Bill, your very existence on this earth might be secured; did you ever think of that?

Then Bill turned into a Mother Teresa cloned. He droned forth that the US has to learn how to live in cooperative mode with the world at large. Sweet, Bill. No comment. Move from Grade One in Political This-n-That to Square Two and follow directions for growing up in reality. Okay?

As a footnote, Clinton went on the side of France and Germany. Yep. One might imagine. Slippery Billy Boy. He owled that the US overreacted to these two countries in their opposing US plans for Iraqi Freedom. All right, Bill, then give up your US citizenship and go French. Enough is enough.

Joseph Grant Swank, Jr., is the Pastor of New Hope Church in Windham, ME.  He is a a graduate of an accredited college (BA) and seminary (M Div) with graduate work at Harvard Divinity School.  Pastor Swank has been married for 41 years and he has 3 adult children.  He is the author of 5 books and over 2000 articles in various Protestant and Catholic magazines, journals and newspapers. He writes a weekly religion column for PORTLAND PRESS HERALD newspaper, Portland ME.  His columns have appeared on,,,,,,,,, among others.

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