Source: Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite
Speaking at a closed press event for the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Manhattan Tuesday night, former President Bill Clinton warned President Obama that he could risk looking like a “total fool” and a “wuss” if he remained too cautious in his approach toward Syria. Americans “hire you to win,” he explained.
POLITICO first reported the remarks — which came during a question-and-answer session — and The Daily Beast also obtained audio. Referencing his own decisions in Kosovo and Bosnia, Clinton warned Obama could look like a “total fool” if he listened too much to opinion polls and didn’t act.
“Some people say, ‘Okay, see what a big mess it is? Stay out!’ I think that’s a big mistake. I agree with you about this,” Clinton told McCain.
The former president repeatedly mentioned not relying heavily on current public opinion because Americans elect the president “to look around the corner and see down the road.” To blame lack of intervention on polls would be “lame,” he said.
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