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Round 15 Of Snipergate, C/o Bill Clinton


It looks like Bill Richardson's endorsement of Obama isn't the only thing the Clintons can't let go of. Here's an ABC News report on a recent Bill Clinton appearance in Indiana where, for some strange reason, he felt compelled to reopen the box of worms that is Snipergate:

"A lot of the way this whole campaign has been covered has amused
me," he said. "But there was a lot of fulminating because Hillary, one
time late at night when she was exhausted, misstated and immediately
apologized for it, what happened to her in Bosnia in 1995. Did y'all
see all that. Oh, they blew it up. Let me just tell you. The president
of Bosnia and Gen. Wesley Clark -- who was there making peace where
we'd lost three peacekeepers who had to ride on a dangerous mountain
road because it was too dangerous to go the regular, safe way -- both
defended her because they pointed out that when her plane landed in
Bosnia, she had to go up to the bulletproof part of the plane, in the
front. Everybody else had to put their flack jackets underneath the
seat in case they got shot at. And everywhere they went they were
covered by Apache helicopters. So they just abbreviated the arrival
ceremony. Now I say that because, what really has mattered is that even
then she was interested in our troops. And I think she was the first
first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt to go into a combat zone. And you
woulda thought, you know, that she'd robbed a bank the way they carried
on about this. And some of them when they're 60 they'll forget
something when they're tired at 11:00 at night, too." [Emphasis added.]

As the ABC report goes on to note, Hillary never did apologize, she just said she misspoke, and she didn't admit she misspoke until about a week after she was accused of doing so. She also misspoke not just once but numerous times and usually during daylight hours. You could say this is nitpicking on the press's part, but the press isn't the one who brought this up. Message to the Clintons: let it go!

--Jason Zengerle 

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