May 12, 2004
The Kalb Report Features Sen. Hillary Clinton
Season Finale Focuses on Bush Administration Planning,
Candor Since Start of the War on Terrorism
Sen. Hillary Clinton (DNY) expressed concern at The Kalb Report
over the future of Iraq come June 30, when the United States is scheduled
to turn power over to Iraqis. In a discussion with moderator Marvin Kalb
that focused primarily on foreign affairs, the junior senator from New
York questioned the Bush administrations planning, candor and numbers
since the war on terrorism began after Sept. 11, 2001.
Why was the administration diverting attention and resources so
soon from Afghanistan, Clinton asked in response to a question about
$700 million in resources spent on Iraq in 2001. Why didnt
they reveal any of their intentions to members of Congress, including
those in their own party? Theres a tendency on the part of this
administration to be quite unwilling to recognize the usual norms of dealing
with the democratic process and informing the Congress and the public.
Clinton, talking before the annual American Society of Newspaper Editors
Convention on April 20, pointedly said reporters are having a difficult
time getting all of the facts about the war in Iraq and in other cases.
This administration gets away with something that no other could
that Im aware of were not going to tell you,
she said. The impression is that if you ask politely once and youre
told no, the press goes home and the Republican leadership doesnt
Emphasizing that she had no regrets about voting to support the war, Clinton
did express disappointment with the way the Bush administration has used
I had a lot of questions, as did many other people, about what was
going to happen once we toppled Saddam Hussein, Clinton said. This
wasnt just Monday morning quarterbacking. In meeting after meeting,
we asked these questions, but we could not get any idea of their planning
in respects to a post-Saddam era.
The program brought another year of The Kalb Report to a close.
Among this years guests were Bob Woodward of The Washington Post,
Bill Keller of The New York Times and panelists who focused on
the 2004 presidential campaign and media ethics in war and politics. Since
1994, GW, the National Press Club and the Shorenstein Center at Harvard
University have produced 39 forums in the public affairs series.
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