As Glenn Reynolds observes everyone’s talking about Bill Clinton again after his snit during a Chris Wallace interview for Fox News. Wallace had the audacity to actually ask a tough question, which apparently gave good old Bill a serious case of the vapors.
Former President Clinton recommended that everyone read former White House counterterrorism advisor Richard Clarke’s book Against All Enemies which supposedly shows how the Clinton Administration didn’t really drop the ball on terrorism, and especially al-Qaeda. The problem with that is that Clarke’s book directly contradicts Clinton’s attempts to argue that he was proactive on terrorism. Clarke paints Clinton has being interested in how things polled rather than what the results actually were and deferential to members of his Cabinet who argued against a strong response to al-Qaeda’s attacks against US interests.
If that weren’t enough, Clinton outright lied when he said that Richard Clarke was “fired” by the Bush Administration — Clarke states in his book that he resigned from the White House voluntarily. But Clinton has always played fast and loose with the facts, and there’s no reason why he’s likely to stop now.
Clinton’s sense of self-aggrandizement and incredibly thin skin are another manifestation of the character flaws he brought to his term in office — and the last thing this country needs now is a repeat of the sordid history of the Clinton Administration. Clinton had eight years to deal with the threat of al-Qaeda, and he scored a few wins and made several key mistakes. It’s not all that likely that anyone else would have done much differently under similar circumstances. What is certain is that the always-egocentric ex-President can’t stomach even a modicum of criticism — and when Wallace actually dared to throw more than a slow-pitch softball, Clinton threw a temper tantrum.
Once again, Clinton proves that behind the slick exterior, he has some of the thinnest skin in politics.
UPDATE: Powerline has some relevant quotations from Clarke’s book which contradict Clinton’s tirade.