I’m not sure what it is about Democratic presidents being unable to keep their mouths shut after they leave office. Reagan never gave his opinions about events after his time in office, and neither did Ford. George HW Bush only surfaces from retirement to push for aid projects in Haiti and elsewhere. George W. Bush has disappeared completely, leaving the defense of his legacy to Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Dana Perino.
But Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter just can’t keep their traps closed. Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s Carter ran his own shadow diplomacy, continuing his failed presidency by undermining Clinton and Bush administration efforts in North Korea, Syria, Iran, Venezuela and elsewhere. Clinton himself has emerged as Obama’s champion ever since Obama neutered Hillary in the 2008 Democratic primaries. On the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing, Clinton has even continued to use the terror attack against domestic opposition, just as he did 15 years ago.
What I find particularly disturbing is the ease in which Clinton uses an attack like Oklahoma City to smear anyone who disagrees with him and by association, the Democratic party, in order to silence them. Contrast this approach to that taken by Obama and the Democrats towards the Muslim world. In his speech to the Muslim world in Cairo in June 2009, Obama said, “The enduring faith of over a billion people is so much bigger than the narrow hatred of a few. Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism—it is an important part of promoting peace.” Clinton himself has bristled at people identifying “the forces of radicalism and terror” with Islam.
Yet Clinton has no difficulty with lumping in Timothy McVeigh – whose actions, lest we not forget, were motivated by Clinton’s heavy-handed siege of the Branch Davidian complex in Waco Texas two years before – with anyone who disagrees with the government today. ”But remember, words have consequences as much as actions do, and what we advocate, commensurate with our position and responsibility, we have to take responsibility for. We owe that to Oklahoma City.” No, we owe the victims of Oklahoma City a fair accounting of why they died, and their deaths had nothing to do with the grassroots tea party movements of today.
Yet while Clinton, Obama and the mainstream press have no problem linking every politically motivated incident with their political opponents, they have not held Muslims to the same standards. Even during his own administration that averaged over one terrorist attack a year perpetrated by a Muslim, Clinton and his administration never dared equated the actions of the radicals with the broader religion they claimed to be acting in the name of.
January 25, 1993, four days after Clinton was inaugurated, Mir Aimal Kansi, a Pakistani national, fires an AK-47 into cars outside of CIA Headquarters, killing 2.
February 26, 1993, first World Trade Center bombings by a conspiracy of 5 groups: Jamaat Al-Fuqra’/Gamaat Islamiya/Hamas/Islamic Jihad/National Islamic Front.
June 1993, a plot hatched by Omar Abdel-Rahman to bomb New York landmarks including the Lincoln Tunnel and UN Headquarters was foiled. March 1, 1994, Rashid Baz guns down a Hasidic seminary student in Brooklyn.
October 27, 1994, Clinton speaks to the Jordanian parliament in Amman, stating “We respect Islam” and careful to separate the actions of Islamic radicals from the religion itself.
November 7, 1995, 5 Americans die in bombing in Riyadh Saudi Arabia.
June 25, 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Dharan Saudi Arabia by Hizballah, kills 19 American servicemen, a Saudi and wounds over 200.
February 24, 1997 Ali Abu Kamal kills a Danish tourist and wounds several others in the Empire State Observation Deck.
February 23, 1998 Osama Bin Laden issues his “fatwa” demanding all Muslims “kill the Americans and their allies—civilians and military—[for it] is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it…”
August 7, 1998 al-Qaeda bombs American embassies in Nairobi Kenya and Dar es Salaam Tanzania, killing 225 and wounding more than 4000.
September 21, 1998 President Clinton affirms the peaceful nature of Islam and separates it from the actions of a few in his speech to the 53rd UN General Assembly, stating “A quarter of the world’s population is Muslim—from Africa to Middle East to Asia and to the United States, where Islam is one of our fastest growing faiths. There are over 1,200 mosques and Islamic centers in the United States, and the number is rapidly increasing. The six million Americans who worship there will tell you there is no inherent clash between Islam and America. Americans respect and honor Islam.”
September 23, 1999 Deputy Secretary of State Ronald E Neuman says in a Georgetown University speech that there there is “no inherent conflict between Islam and the West.”
December 14, 1999 Ahmed Ressam is arrested and confesses to planning to bomb Los Angeles International Airport as part of the 2000 Millennium Bombing conspiracy.
March 17, 2000, Clinton’s Secretary of State Madeline Albright in remarks to the American-Iranian Council states unequivocally that there is “no inherent conflict between Islam and the United States.”
October 12, 2000 USS Cole is attacked while in the port of Aden, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39.
Around the Muslim world there are madrassas and mosques brainwashing tens of thousands in the duty of Muslims to kill Americans and Jews. Newspapers and state-owned press in Muslim nations regularly print and broadcast anti-Semitic and anti-American messages. What do we call these nations like Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia? Allies and friends.
But a fat man in Boca Raton and a bunch of well-educated citizens worried about government interference in their lives and massive debts their children and grandchildren will be responsible for, who are these people called? Enemies and racists.
Clinton, Obama and the Democrats need to treat their own family, friends and neighbors with the same respect they treat Muslims abroad. Instead of demonizing Tea Party members, they should listen to them. Just as the liberals wonder “what have we done to make Muslims hate us,” they should ask themselves “what have we done to make Tea Partiers protest against us.” If it’s good enough for the “religion of peace” it should be good enough for the party of tea.