Ah, triangulation. When Bill Clinton was running for president, he moved to the center, but in order to keep the extreme end of the base happy, Hillary was allowed to be herself.
Now, Hillary, clearly running in ’08, is moving to the center, and Bill – eager to do his part is covering the left flank.
Here is what Clinton said at a meeting on the margins of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, just a few weeks ago: “Iran today is, in a sense, the only country where progressive ideas enjoy a vast constituency. It is there that the ideas that I subscribe to are defended by a majority.”
Turns out, he loves Iran – the most progressive nation on earth, and America needs to apologize…for
And here is what Clinton had to say in a recent television interview with Charlie Rose:
“Iran is the only country in the world that has now had six elections since the first election of President Khatami (in 1997). (It is) the only one with elections, including the United States, including Israel, including you name it, where the liberals, or the progressives, have won two-thirds to 70 percent of the vote in six elections: Two for president; two for the Parliament, the Majlis; two for the mayoralties. In every single election, the guys I identify with got two-thirds to 70 percent of the vote. There is no other country in the world I can say that about, certainly not my own.”
So, while millions of Iranians, especially the young, look to the United States as a mode of progress and democracy, a former president of the US looks to the Islamic Republic as his ideological homeland.
The terrific Amir Taheri tells the story. Read it. And weep. CUANAS has more.
UPDATE: You want to hear the audio? LGF has it.