“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Clinton Wags the Finger at Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace got an earful when Bill Clinton got in his face after Wallace asked him the wrong question about bin-Laden. Looks like the movie Path to 9/11 touched a nerve.

Here's the transcript:

WALLACE: Do you think you did enough sir?

CLINTON: No, because I didn’t get him


CLINTON: But at least I tried. That’s the difference in me and some, including all the right wingers who are attacking me now. They ridiculed me for trying. They had eight months to try and they didn’t….. I tired. So I tried and failed. When I failed I left a comprehensive anti-terror strategy and the best guy in the country, Dick Clarke… So you did FOX’s bidding on this show. You did you nice little conservative hit job on me. But what I want to know..WALLACE: Now wait a minute sir…
WALLACE: I asked a question. You don’t think that’s a legitimate question?
CLINTON: It was a perfectly legitimate question but I want to know how many people in the Bush administration you asked this question of. I want to know how many people in the Bush administration you asked why didn’t you do anything about the Cole. I want to know how many you asked why did you fire Dick Clarke. I want to know…
WALLACE: We asked..
WALLACE: Do you ever watch Fox News Sunday sir?
CLINTON: I don’t believe you ask them that.
WALLACE: We ask plenty of questions of…
CLINTON: You didn’t ask that did you? Tell the truth
WALLACE: About the USS Cole?
CLINTON: tell the truth.
WALLACE: I…with Iraq and Afghanistan there’s plenty of stuff to ask.
CLINTON: Did you ever ask that? You set this meeting up because you were going to get a lot of criticism from your viewers because Rupert Murdoch is going to get a lot of criticism from your viewers for supporting my work on Climate Change. And you came here under false pretenses and said that you’d spend half the time talking about…

I think I'll watch Slick Willie on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.


  1. Clinton is a KGB agent.

    He's no fool so how else do you explain his leading the Socialist Democrats in dismantelling our intelligence,military, allowing the rise of OBL and having a wife working full time to force socialized medicine on the country?

    We don't know what he did when he illegally went to the Soviets during his Rhoads Scholar days. Burgess,Philby,Blunt,Maclean, and Bill Clinton.
    Those who know would never tell, but the signs are all in place. Taking Chinese money for US secrets..the list is long and the dead bodies many.

  2. Those of you who read me perhaps think Clinton as KGB is the formulation of a crank.
    Well, having worked in the spy world I can tell you unequivocally that those "inside" look at the ordinary citizen as completely clueless as to what is really going on in the world....and you know what, when I was inside I found that to be the exact truth.
    The "clueless" masses.
    Now I'm one too, but I've been to the original stage play and it ain't pretty. Hardball all the way.

  3. But, he may BE a KGB agent. Not habu, Clinton. People do not understand the depth of the game, re Clinton. I'm with habu on that.

  4. Yep--creating them "talking points"--supplying some ammo to the troops. All show, no go.

  5. Even the thing with Wallace--a jiu-jitsu, to take advantage of the pre-existing "Fox the VRWC network" meme. Acting 101.

  6. He gets to be the brave young tousle-haired hero, pushed to the limit by the Evil Murdoch.

  7. hell, that's not courageous--back in Jan, *everybody* was gonna bomb Iran.

  8. Rufus,
    I know. it's similar to picking up the morning paper and reading that Princess Diana ia dead, or reading on the net that Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray. It's too much to comprehend at first.
    But there are more things we do not know about Bill Clinton in the Soviet Union than we know.
    We know he would have been a "prime" candidate for recruitment, meeting the profile to a "T".
    It is well within the realm of probability that he had KGB contact. No American travelling in the Soviet Union at that time did not. Intourist was simply a KGB operation. That they set him up with drugs and a "honey pot" is a given. Believe me he didn't just get into the Soviet Union without them knowing his weakness' or "handles" as we use to say. Just grab one of the handles.
    His pathologies will be looked at by future historians with amazement in that he became President, twice. There is little doubt he is a dangerous man, amrried to an equally intelligent and crafty woman.
    You have to ask yourself would it have been possible to recruit him as an ambitious young man with a totally dysfunctional background?
    If your KGB he's prime stuff.

  9. He had even met JFK and was obviously going places in Arkansas politics.

  10. Habu, assume for a minute you are correct. I cannot think of anything that Clinton did that particularly favored the Russians. I was always suspicious about Clinton in Russia. I am the same age as Clinton and going to Russia at that time was a very big deal. You would expect that for a young man from Arkansas, it would be a large enough event that there would be photos or something memorable that would exist. The visa process alone was extensive. I was also in England the same time as Clinton and stationed near cambridge. Anyone going to vist Russia during that time period would certainly have an agenda that would be questionable to me.

    I oftened wondered where he got the money to do all that he did if the information about his background was true.I think you are making a great leap to assume he was turned by the KGB, but what the hell, tell us more.

  11. Does not the CIA do an extensive background check on Presidential candidates?

  12. To be president, you do not need to have a security background check as amazing as that sounds. In any case, the CIA would not be doing the check, the FBI would.However, I have to believe if they had anything on him, someone would leak it. The FBI had all sorts of files under Hoover and would use them to persuade various presidents and presidents used the FBI to provide them with political information.

  13. By the way Whit, this is a nice post.

  14. The FBI had all sorts of files under Hoover and would use them to persuade various presidents and presidents used the FBI to provide them with political information

    Those tactics wouldn't work anymore in the post-Slick Willie era. Files about Presidents getting a knobby in the Oval Office would be put in the "Been There Done That" folder.

  15. RE: Bill Clinton &KGB

    Perhaps this article will generate some increased skeptism in Mr. Clinton's Soviet/Communist activities.

  16. well, THAT was sufficiently spine-chilling to set off the always-near-surface paranoia sweats.