Bill Clinton on Bush’s Iraqi WMD claims:
“You know, everybody makes mistakes when they are president,” he said. “I mean, you can’t make as many calls as you have to without messing up once in a while. The thing we ought to be focused on is what is the right thing to do now.”
“We should be pulling for America on this. We should be pulling for the people of Iraq.”
“I thought the White House did the right thing in just saying ‘we probably shouldn’t have said that,’ ” Clinton told CNN’s Larry King in a phone interview Tuesday evening.
Clinton also said Tuesday night that at the end of his term, there was “a substantial amount of biological and chemical material unaccounted for ” in Iraq.
“So I thought it was prudent for the president to go to the U.N. and for the U.N. to say, ‘You got to let these inspectors in, and this time if you don’t cooperate the penalty could be regime change, not just continued sanctions.'”
Clinton told King: “People can quarrel with whether we should have more troops in Afghanistan or internationalize Iraq or whatever, but it is incontestable that on the day I left office, there were unaccounted for stocks of biological and chemical weapons.”