THE WISDOM FUND: News & Views
Released August 24, 1998
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President Clinton Fails Vision, Values Test

WASHINGTON, DC -- President Clinton has failed the fundamental test for Chief Executive Officers.

The primary function of the CEO of any organization is to define the vision and values of the organization.

After almost six years in office, President Clinton's vision for the United States remains undefined.

His values, what we know of them, are unacceptable.



[In 1993, he pursued George H W Bush's invasion of Somalia. He invaded Haiti in 1994. He bombed Bosnia in 1995 and Serbia in 1999. In 1998, he bombed Afghanistan; and, at the height of his Monica Lewinsky troubles, he momentarily diverted the headline writers to a major "terrorist target" in Sudan that he ordered destroyed with an onslaught of missiles. It turned out to be sub-Saharan Africa's largest pharmaceutical plant, the only source of chloroquine, the treatment for malaria, and other drugs that were lifelines to hundreds of thousands. As a result, wrote Jonathan Belke, then of the Near East Foundation, "tens of thousands of people - many of them children - have suffered and died from malaria, tuberculosis and other treatable diseases".

Long before Shock and Awe, Clinton was destroying and killing in Iraq. Under the lawless pretence of a "no-fly zone", he oversaw the longest allied aerial bombardment since the Second World War. This was hardly reported. At the same time, he imposed and tightened a Washington-led economic siege estimated to have killed a million civilians. "We think the price is worth it," said his secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, in an exquisite moment of honesty.--John Pilger, "Good Ol' Bill, The Liberal Hero," New Statesman, August 9, 2007]

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