Leave it to those Waskly Wepubwicans to call for
the assination of a foreign leader like
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez!
wait, fortunately, Nexis-Lexis makes these kinds
of things easy to find.
Here's what Bill
Clinton's advisor George Stephanopoulos wrote
for Newsweek in 1997:
senior Clinton advisor George Stephanopoulos
publicly argued for the same kind of
assassination policy in 1997, the press voiced
no objection at all.
Fresh from his
influential White House post, Stephanopoulos
devoted an entire column in Newsweek to the
topic of whether the U.S. should take out Saddam
His headlined? "Why
We Should Kill Saddam."
"Assassination may be Clinton's best option,"
the future "This Week" host urged. "If we can
kill Saddam, we should."
Though Iraq war
critics now argue that by 1997, the Iraqi
dictator was "in a box" and posed no threat
whatsoever to the U.S., Stephanopoulos contended
that Saddam deserved swift and lethal justice.
other efforts to stop him, and killing him
certainly seems more proportionate to his crimes
and discriminate in its effect than massive
bombing raids that will inevitably kill innocent
civilians," the diminutive former aide
Stephanopoulos even offered a
way to get around the presidential ban on
Clinton decides we can and should assassinate
Saddam, he could call in national-security
adviser Sandy Berger and sign a secret National
Security Decision Directive authorizing it."
The Stephanopoulos plan: "First,
we could offer to provide money and materiel to
Iraqi exiles willing to lead an effort to
overthrow Saddam. . . . The second option is a
targeted airstrike against the homes or bunkers
where Saddam is most likely to be hiding."
The one-time top Clinton aide said that, far
from violating international principles,
assassinating Saddam would be the moral thing to
do, arguing, "What's
unlawful - and unpopular with the allies - is
not necessarily immoral."
Stephanopoulos also noted that killing Saddam
could pay big political dividends at home,
saying the mission would make Clinton "a huge
winner if it succeeded."