Thursday, September 01, 2005

Clinton Should Tell Bush To Take A Leap

There's a lot of news flying around right now and, coming off the wires earlier today, was the story of President Bush asking his father and former President Bill Clinton to lead fund-raising efforts to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Noting that his father and Clinton had spearheaded the fund-raising drive that netted more than $1 billion for the victims of the Asian tsunami that hit last December, Bush plans to meet with them this afternoon in Washington.

Clinton needs to tell the president to go jump in Lake Pontchartrain.

It was just days ago that George W. Bush gave a speech in San Diego and tried to lay the blame for 9/11 and the rise in global terrorism at Clinton's doorstep.

"The terrorists looked at our response after the hostage crisis in Iran, the bombings of the Marine barracks in Lebanon, the first World Trade Center attack, the killing of American soldiers in Somalia, the destruction of two U.S. embassies in Africa, and the attack on the USS Cole,” said Bush. “They concluded that free societies lacked the courage and character to defend themselves against a determined enemy.”

He also castigated Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter while, oddly enough, letting Daddy Bush totally off the hook.

Bush also wasted no opportunity in 2000 to bash President Clinton as an immoral leader who had brought down the prestige level of the White House.

Clinton should not help Bush in any way when – knowing what we know about Bush's true level of compassion – we know this is simply a manipulative ploy to parlay Clinton's popularity into indirect support for the current administration's failed policies.

But shouldn't Clinton use his massive popularity to help the victims in Louisiana and Mississippi? Absolutely. He just shouldn't let his true compassion be used to prop up the disastrous Bush regime.

Rather, Clinton should do all the fundraising he can with another organization of his own choosing or even under the auspices of the Clinton Foundation or The Carter Center.

We should all do everything we can to help our brothers and sisters down South. But we can easily do that without making bad guys look good for our efforts. Bush didn't give a damn about poor New Orleans residents before this disaster – Clinton should not enable any charade that makes it look like he does now.