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Hillary Clinton, what do you think of the massacre in Waco, Texas of the Branch Davidians?

27 July 2007 at 12:42:38 PM

I haven't heard this question posed to her yet...since her husband was responsible for killing those women and children I'm curious what her response would be. I think the right and left agree it was wrong...but does SHE think it was wrong?

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1 - WhosPlayin   28 Jul 2007 @ 9:42:22 AM  Not to split hairs, but wasn't it Janet Reno who made the call?

Was Clinton personally aware of the fateful ATF decision to raid the compound, or was that decision made by a bunch of testosterone-charged ATF officials who wanted an excuse to play war?

2 - salon   28 Jul 2007 @ 10:46:45 AM 

Wasn't going to comment on the initial post, but I think there's an interesting question here. From a USAToday opinion article that quotes Bill Clinton's book of 2004

"Clinton can also be merciless in describing flagrant errors of judgment on his watch. A case in point is the FBI raid in April 1993 that preceded the fiery deaths of 80 people, including 25 children, at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.

When Attorney General Janet Reno insisted on giving the FBI authorization to storm the compound of the religious cult, Clinton writes, "I told her that if she thought it was the right thing to do, she should go ahead." After the ill-considered raid, Clinton recounts that his aide George Stephanopoulos persuaded him to hold off issuing a public apology.

"For the second time in less than 24 hours, I had accepted advice that ran counter to my instincts," Clinton states. It was a disturbingly passive form of leadership that prompted the president to defer to the recommendations of a panic-prone attorney general and an overly cautious youthful White House adviser. Clinton is correct when he concludes, "One of the most important decisions that a president has to make is when to take the advice of the people who work for him and when to reject it." The Waco debacle should be remembered as Clinton's version of John Kennedy's Bay of Pigs fiasco."

If your child comes to you and says that he plans to drive the car at night in a rainstorm, you have the choice of saying "No. You're Not". If you're the boss at a company and one of your employees says "I've approving a particular plan of action" and you think it's really a bad idea, you're the boss and you can overrule that person. To me, just like with Bush The Idiot, the person at the top, at least in the executive branch, is the person who is accountable and responsible for actions others beneath him (or her) take, especially when he or she knows about those actions and allows them to go forth. I mean, I KNOW you have to think the same thing about Bush and the attorney scandal- he obviously knew about what was going on, and the decision actually may have been made by Karl Rove.. or Cheney... but, nonetheless, as president, if he knew and allowed this to happen, he's the one responsible for his BAD decision.

Now, I'm not a fan of Hillary Clinton at all nor of any candidates that support militarism. And I don't agree with Joe that the Waco incident has to be brought up with *her*, because it didn't involve her. Her Iraq War decision did, however, and her recent comments about how she will be leaving troops in Iraq, even after a supposed pullout, do.

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3 - Chair   28 Jul 2007 @ 1:40:48 PM 

I am as well interested in Hillary Clinton's view of the massacre of the branch davidians in Waco, Texas that her husband, Bill Clinton, is responsible for.

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