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Fulbright Prize for Bill Clinton

The Fulbright Association awarded the Fulbright Prize for International Understanding to Bill Clinton for his "initiatives to counteract poverty, ignorance, and the racial, ethnic, and religious prejudices that are barriers to peace and justice throughout the world," according to the press release (pdf).  The Washington Post wrote about his acceptance speech:
Clinton avoided discussing the current conflict in Iraq or the growing U.S.-Iran tensions, but he argued that Fulbright's approach to the escalating war in Vietnam is an important lesson for present day politicians. "In this interdependent world, we should still have a preference for peace over war," he said. He also reflected on his own decisions when, as commander in chief, he was urged to launch a military strike somewhere in the world.
"I always thought of Senator Fulbright and the terrible quagmire in Vietnam and how many times we sent more soldiers and found ourselves in a hole and kept digging because we didn't want to look like we were weak. So anytime somebody said in my presidency, 'If you don't do this people will think you're weak,' I always asked the same question for eight years: "Can we kill 'em tomorrow?"
"If we can kill 'em tomorrow, then we're not weak, and we might be wise enough to try to find an alternative way," said Clinton.
Last year, Colin L. Powell received the $50,000 cash Fulbright award provided by the Coca-Cola Foundation. Bill Clinton used to work for Senator Fulbright and described him as his mentor in his autobiography My Life. As president Bill Clinton awarded his first Medal of Freedom to Senator Fulbright.
See also our related post on Bill Clinton and Senator Fulbright.

UPDATE:
Wash Post Columnist Dana Milbank criticizes Bill Clinton for "gloating" and being late for the award ceremony and other events, but did not connect being late with his
"Can we kill 'em tomorrow?" comment.

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David on :

Interesting that Clinton honored Sen. Fulbright with the Medal of Freedom. His successor adwarded the Medal of Freedom to George "Slam Dunk" Tenet, Gen. Tommy Franks and Paul Bremer - the three individuals who will forever be associated with the Iraq debacle.

Thomas on :

That's quite an audacity indeed. Did you know that Clinton awarded the medal of freedom to Helmut Kohl as well? Not many foreigners received the medal. Those were the days of good old German-American friendship. http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/reference/two_column_table/Presidential_Medal_of_Freedom_Recipients.htm

Brigitte on :

What I don't understand is that presidential advisors and many others are concerned that their country appears weak. The more powerful a country is the more often its elite is concerned that their government appears weak. How stupid.

Pat Patterson on :

Isn't Gorbachev still eligible for the Nobel Prize along with Tookie Williams and Yasser Arafat? Winning the Nobe Peace Prise has to be about as significant as being the answer in a trivia game where you have to name all of J.Lo's husbands and fiances.

Bill on :

[url=http://www.americanthinker.com/comments.php?comments_id=4915]American Thinker[/url] "Huh? For 8 years he asked “Can we kill ‘em tomorrow?” because “If we can kill ‘em tomorrow, then we’re not weak, and we might be wise enough to try to find an alternative way”? What a man! What wisdom…courage! I guess tomorrow never came for this comic buffoon. While he was fiddling and refusing the offers of bin Laden’s head, September 11th was being planned. Here is a short list of Islamist hits occurring on his watch while “he waited for tomorrow” 1992 Israeli Embassy bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina; 29 die. 1993 February 26 World Trade Center bombing kills 6 and injures over 1000 people 1994 Bombing of Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina kills 86 and wounds 300. Eight days later the Israeli Embassy in London and a Jewish charity are car-bombed. 20 are wounded. All three incidents are blamed on Hezbollah. 1994 July 19 Alas Chiricanas bombing kills 21 people 1994 Air France Flight 8969 is hijacked by GIA members who planned to crash the plane on Paris but didn’t succeed. 1994 A small bomb explodes on board Philippine Airlines flight 434, killing a Japanese businessman. Authorities found out that Ramzi Yousef planted the bomb to test it for his planned terrorist attack. 1995 Islamist terror bombings in France by a GIA unit (Khaled Kelkal being one of the operational leaders). These attacks killed 8 and injured more than 100. 1995 Bombing of military compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 1996 A series of four suicide bombings in Israel leave 60 dead and 284 wounded within 10 days. 1996 Khobar Towers bombing. 19 U.S. servicemen and one Saudi were killed and 372 wounded. 1997 Islamic terrorists attack tourists in Luxor, Egypt, killing 71 people, most of them European and Japanese vacationers. 1997 A terrorist opened fire on tourists at an observation deck atop the Empire State Building, killing a Danish national and wounding visitors from the United States, Argentina, Switzerland and France. A handwritten note carried by the gunman claimed this was a punishment attack against the “enemies of Palestine”. 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya, killing 225 people and injuring more than 4,000. 1999 Gunmen opened fire on Shi’a Muslims worshipping in an Islamabad mosque killing 16 people injuring 25. 1999 Indian Airlines Flight 814, is hijacked, one passenger is killed and some hostages are released. 1999 August 31 – September 22 Russian Apartment Bombings kills about 300 people. 2000 USS Cole bombing kills 17 US sailors

autofill on :

so if the u.s. doesn't rid the world of all potential enemies (not innocent til proven guilty) which may be much of the world, those who disagree are weak, and therefore easier to criticize than the few real 'enemies' who fear our strength the most and have done their worst to hurt us. that's probably why president bush hasn't put our real efforts into getting those 'enemies' either.

Wang on :

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Pat Patterson on :

Probably because the charges are simply the fantasies of the lame and lunatic.

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