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Bill Clinton Calls Elian Case ‘Kidnapping’

From the Miami Herald:

Bill Clinton in Miami compares Elian case to kidnapping

Carol Rosenberg | Miami Herald

April 17, 2010

MIAMI — Former President Bill Clinton said Saturday he had no regrets over sending Elian Gonzalez back to live with his father in Cuba, and would order a federal raid on Little Havana all over again.

"I did everything I could to try to have this resolved in a peaceful way,” he said, even with the hindsight of a decade after the episode sparked an international crisis between Cuba and the United States.

It also stoked tensions in Miami and roiled many in the Cuban-American exile community, who saw the Clinton administration decision to reunite the 6-year-old boy with his father from Cardenas, Cuba, as tantamount to turning his future over to the Fidel Castro regime.

But Clinton said both international and U.S. law made clear what he had to do about the boy who was found clinging to an inner tube off the Florida coast on Thanksgiving Day in 1999. His mother and some 10 other Cubans in his group perished while trying to reach the United States on a raft.

Clinton made his remarks in response to an Associated Press reporter’s question at the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus, where his Clinton Global Initiative has convened college students to encourage volunteerism and engagement.

"We had children, American children, who had been kidnapped. They were in Iran. They were in Germany. They were in country after country,” Clinton recalled. "If I had said, because we don’t like the regime in Cuba, even though no one disputed the fact that Elian Gonzalez’s father loved him and was a responsible father, . . . if I had said, I don’t like Cuba and I like America better than Cuba and I don’t care what the international law is and I don’t don’t care that his father wants him back, then not only me but no other American president would have been able to say with a straight face, you can’t kidnap my child and keep him in Germany and have some German court say we just like our German parent better.”

Moreover, he noted, U.S. courts had decided the cross-Florida Straits custody issue in favor of the boy’s father, who had said he wanted to raise the child in his native Cuba, and the White House could not ignore the law "even if we don’t like the results.”

Federal agents descended on the Little Havana home of young Elian’s uncle Lazaro, cousin Marisleysis and other kin on April 22, 2000, and seized the boy before dawn to resolve the crisis.

He’s on a roll.

Maybe there is something to the notion that stents do cause mental damage after all.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 18th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Bill Clinton Calls Elian Case ‘Kidnapping’”

  1. proreason says:

    will he never go away.

    At least before the 70’s, the nutter ex-presidents passed away before inflicting themselves on us for decades.

    Now we have Carter and Bubba, who seem to have eternal life. and eternal mouths.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Well, for Bill-Jeff, the Viagra probably doesn’t work anymore and he can’t find any women with daddy issues anymore and, let’s face it, he just does the lecture circuit; Nowhere near as fertile ground for hot chicks attracted to powerful men like the presidency. So maybe he can score some “cool points” by spewing the effing retard lines. Some chick, somewhere’ll buy it and he can get the attention he craves.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Oh my gawd, PR .. you just left me with shivvers running up and down my whole being. Imagine how next-to-impossible it will be to rid the planet of the o-blah-blah jargon. That narcisist will likely order his recorded “Your Weekly Address”‘s to be blaring on every corner in the world ad infinitum.

      Course .. there is a remedy for that. Just sayin’.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    When did Hildabeast give Bubba back his testicles?
    I could have sworn she still had them in a sows ear pouch around her neck.

  3. U NO HOO says:

    At least Klinton didn’t fire bomb Elian’s cousins’ house.

  4. platypus says:

    The Elian Gonzalez situation was probably the only thing BJ Clinton did right (except for the SWAT team stupidity which I bet was all Janet ‘Waco Firestorm’ Reno’s idea). The law, many treaties, the Hague Convention, and U.S. Supreme Court precedent were all clear and long established – the minor child had to be returned home.

    It is embarrassing to me that so many so-called conservatives have such a blind spot for the rule of law when it conflicts with their politics.

    As for the rest of Clinton’s reign, well …

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      I agree platypus, not to mention, since when is deporting illegal aliens a bad thing?

  5. canary says:

    Bill Clinton isn’t doing a darn thing to re-establish illegal Mexicans over here back to their homelands; instead robbing them of their ancestors, roots, and customs.
    And to think our soldiers can’t take such drastic action to look for taliban in Afganistan.

  6. The Redneck says:

    But Clinton said both international and U.S. law made clear what he had to do…

    Naturally, US and international law say nothing of the sort.

    According to US law–all the way back to English common law, but reinforced in earlier cases like “Baby Jessica”–if you knock a woman up and don’t make it right, you have no rights to the child.

    And according to International law (well, REAL international law is whatever we say it is), not only is there no such right, but citizens have the right to live free of oppression, a right Clinton directly denied Elian when he shipped the kid off to a communist regime.

    On top of that–if both US and International Law made it clear what he had to do–why diidn’t he do it right off the bat, instead of handing it off to the local courts?

    The Elian case WAS a kidnapping. Janet “Sherman” Reno kidnapped a small boy, terrorized his family, and shipped him off to a prison camp.

    Sometimes I think the fact that there weren’t government buildings burning to the ground indicates that all hope is lost for this country.


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