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Jewish World Review May 19, 1999 /4 Sivan 5759

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Little Bill, you had a busy week

(JWR) ---- (
LAST WEEK WAS JUST ANOTHER INSTALLMENT in the frantic farce of the Clinton presidency, which, if ever dramatized, would have to be called "The Blunder Years."

In Chicago, Larry Flynt, the president's favorite smut-peddler, pleaded guilty to selling obscene videos to a 14-year-old boy.

During the impeachment process, the publisher of "Hustler" (once described by White House spokesman Joe Lockhart as a "news magazine") tried to blackmail Republicans.

There was a strong suspicion that the dirt Flynt dug on congressmen came from inside the White House, what with the president and pornographer sharing private investigators and those purloined FBI files. In the man whose autobiography confessed that he had his first romantic encounter with a chicken, Clinton found a worthy champion.

Boy President's own sexual escapades were also in the news. A federal judge unsealed the results of a 1998 FBI lie-detector test that indicated Kathleen Willey told the truth about Clinton fondling her.

In a way, this is moral progress. If reports are true, Clinton went from raping Juanita Broaddrick in 1978, to merely exposing himself to Paula Jones in 1991, to groping Kathleen Willey in 1993, to having a consensual (extramarital) affair with Monica Lewinksy from 1995 to 1997.

At this rate, in a few decades, he might morph into a mensch.

More progress was announced in the Rose garden. With a final $95 million grant, the president claims he's fulfilled his pledge to put an additional 100,000 community police on the streets.

His $9 billion Community Oriented Policing Services program has been used to fund everything from paying overtime, to hiring park rangers and marine-patrol officers, to sending a local police chief and mayor, along with their families, to Disney World. Bill Clinton -- protecting America from the scourge of litter in our national parks.

Not content with these laurels, the president convened a White House Summit on Youth Violence, where he managed a faint protest to savage entertainment.

"We cannot pretend that there is no impact on our culture and our children that is adverse if there is too much violence coming out of what they see and experience," (try parsing that) Clinton resolutely declared.

The president didn't fault his show-biz buddies for churning out stuff that invites us to share their sick fantasies, just for pushing it on adolescents. And to show that he really meant it, he left the summit for a $1.5 million Hollywood fund-raiser.

Speaking of fund raising, Beijing bagman Johnny Chung testified before a congressional panel last week that, at a 1996 meeting, China's spy chief told him, "We really like your president." (Don't hold the presses.) Gen. Ji Shengde then gave him $300,000 intended for the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign.

Intelligence experts believe China is close to deploying a nuclear missile armed with a warhead built from stolen U.S. designs.

At another hearing, senators wondered aloud why it took the administration so long to do anything about spying at Los Alamos and why Clinton's justice department twice turned down FBI requests for a warrant to search the computer of Wen Ho Lee, who downloaded some of our most sensitive nuclear secrets.

While the White House yawned over Lee's activities, it was even more blase about the operations of Chung, a trusted Democratic operative who visited the White House almost as often as Lewinsky.

What the Chinese didn't steal, Clinton gave them by approving export licenses that allowed Beijing to improve the accuracy of its missiles. Of course China's rulers are keen on this president. Who should they like -- Pat Buchanan?

Finally, in a speech to veterans on Thursday, the president defended his war in the Balkans, now longer-running than Desert Storm. Serbian expulsion of Albanians really isn't the Holocaust, but it's sorta like the Holocaust, in that it was engendered by the same dark emotions that caused the Holocaust, the president explained.

He did not discuss the effects of NATO's air war, which Yugoslavia says has killed more than 1,200 civilians, the Croat expulsion of 300,000 Serbs in 1995, or the Kosovo Liberation Army's ties to Islamic fundamentalists and Albanian drug lords -- none of which fit his Nazis-and-Jews analogy.

Just one week of Clinton follies. At this rate, the Clinton presidency could make Comedy Central obsolete.


5/17/99: Gun control, campaign-finance reform -- two liberal illusions
5/12/99: Watch Quayle go from "incredible" to quite credible
5/10/99: Conservatives excluded from academic diversity
5/05/99: Expecting the impossible of parents
5/03/99: Gore race-baits with impunity
4/29/99: Why Kosovo? Oh, just because
4/27/99: The president's pro-parent claptrap
4/22/99: McCain plays to the media
4/19/99: NATO would have favored the confederacy
4/14/99: Before we march into Kosovo
4/12/99: Taiwan more worthy of U.S. support
4/09/99: Bauer and Forbes --- Main Street vs. Wall Street
4/05/99: Bubba and Maddy lit Kosovo's fire
3/29/99: At Passover, Egypt is a state of mind
3/29/99: Could the GOP stand Pat in 2000?
3/17/99: Hollywood's party line in 1999
3/15/99: All bow, the court is in session
3/11/99: In praise of negative campaigning
3/09/99: Day-care study defies common sense
3/04/99: Starship Clinton orbits Kosovo
3/01/99: Public will blot out Broaddrick's accusation
2/25/99: Slick Hillie for Senate would be fun
2/23/99: Fascism in the name of fighting fascism
2/16/99: Was anything learned from the impeachment trial?
2/12/99: Educating the democratic voters of tomorrow
2/10/99: First Amendment doesn't apply to pro-life cause
2/08/99: Dems' triumph over Constitution complete
2/03/99: Blood of victims will drown out breakfast prayers
2/01/99: Without a home the heart knows no rest
1/29/99: Poster boy for term-limits
1/27/99: The 'so-what' defense in the City of Saints
1/25/99: Whose choice?
1/21/99: Censure worse than nothing
1/18/99: Words can`t dignify a dishonored presidency
1/13/99: Conservatism "with a heart" is conservatism without a head
1/11/99: If he isn't removed, watch out for Bill!
1/07/99: We can learn a lot from Teddy
1/05/99: Monica and a call to modesty
12/30/98: Will Bubba get away with it again?
12/28/98: Zionist dream alive and well on West Bank
12/18/98: Impeach or abandon the Rule of Law
12/16/98: Clinton moves Middle East closer to war
12/14/98: Why we lost interest in the homeless
12/10/98: No place at table for conservatives
12/07/98: The day America lost its innocence
12/02/98: Pilgrims Pilloried in streets of Plymouth
11/30/98: Caribbean dogpatch not a good candidate for statehood
11/25/98: Will Vermont force gay marriage on the nation?
11/23/98: The ACLU wants your kids to get a love life
11/18/98: Why liberals hate tobacco and guns more than drugs and crime
11/16/98: "Pleasantville" a countercultural morality play
11/13/98: Ads are a tough sell for abortion
11/09/98: Why gutless Republicans lost
11/06/98: Historians against the Constitution
11/02/98: Loving response to a hateful conference
10/28/98: Professor Death will fit right in at Princeton
10/26/98: Plymouth caves to Pilgrim foes
10/21/98: On '98 election, keep a critical eye on polls
10/19/98: Clinton could yet be 'prosperity president'
10/16/98: Working families -- Dems love 'em (stuffed)
10/09/98: Majoring in 'weirdness'
10/07/98: Friends of Billy Clinton
9/29/98: Letter from ex-soldier highlights defense peril
9/28/98: Answering arguments against impeachment
9/18/98: The nation that doesn't exist
9/14/98: Bubba isn't the only one who should be ashamed
9/11/98: Resolution of Clinton crisis will define national character
9/09/98: We're still just wild about Harry
9/07/98: Mexican banditry didn't end with Pancho Villa
9/02/98: Clinton forgives us!
8/31/98: Ashcroft's plain talking touches responsive chord
8/26/98: Public opinion be damned
8/24/98: Why liberals condone Clinton's lies
8/20/98: Time to move on -- to impeachment
8/12/98: With Bubba in the sexual privacy zone
8/10/98: The truth won't set Clinton free
8/06/98: Truth about Hiroshima is incontrovertible
8/04/98: Clinton not the first hollow president
7/30/98: "Small Soldiers" -- a fractured Vietnam allegory
7/27/98: Crime wave hits hometown
7/22/98: Love in an Internet fishbowl
7/20/98: Ads bring ex-gay movement out of closet
7/15/98: Brian and Amy -- the children of Roe
7/13/98: Why are we scared of obnoxious 'activists?'
7/6/98: Fonda still resists reality
7/1/98: New York blesses domestic partnerships
6/29/98: Teddy and Calvin stood for virtue
6/24/98: Will Clinton betray Taiwan?
6/22/98: Big tobacco? What about big casinos?
6/15/98: Religion -- God for what ails you
6/10/98: Planning Clinton's China itinery
6/8/98: Republicans' Custer offers advice
6/4/98: Oh, Dems Christian-bashers!
6/2/98: Goldwater did conservatives more harm than good
5/27/98: A Clinton-hater confesses
5/15/98: Giuliani's assault on marriage
5/13/98: Hillary knows what's best for everyone
5/11/98: To honor her would not be honorable
5/6/98: Conservative chasm: pragmatism vs. worship of marketplace
5/4/98: Anglo-saxon me
4/29/98: Needle exchange programs are assisted-suicide
4/27/98: Chretien's mission of mercy to Fidel
4/22/98: School-choice is a religious freedom issue
4/20/98: Corporate execs deliver body parts to Beijing
4/14/98: National sales tax --- looks better all the time
4/13/98: The U.N. sinister? Hey, where did that idea come from?
4/8/98: Unions fight workers rights in 226 campaign
3/30/98: Africa's leaders should apologize
3/25/98: GOP shouldn't look to media for advice
3/22/98: You should care about Clinton's 'private life'
3/19/98: Color-coded reading, product of obsessive minds
3/16/98: Amendment will end exile of G-d from our public lives
3/9/98: Havana will break your heart
3/2/98: Vouchers Terrify Teachers' Union
2/25/98: Presidential politics starts at a resort hotel
2/23/98: Hillary's support comes at a price
2/18/98: How many times must we say "no" to gay rights?
2/16/98: Enoch Powell spoke the truth on immigration
2/11/98: Bubba behaving badly
2/9/98: A conservative dissent on the flag-burning amendment
2/5/98: We get the leaders we deserve
2/2/98: Send a signal that could penetrate boardroom doors
1/27/98: State of the president: hollow rhetoric
1/25/98: For Monica's playmate, we have no one to blame but ourselves
1/22/98: At Yale, bet on yarmulke over gown
1/19/98: Commission tackles America's fastest-growing addiction, gambling
1/15/98: Capital punishment and the hard case: no exceptions for Karla Faye Tucker
1/12/98: Partial-birth abortion and the GOP's future: the "big tent" meets truth in advertising
1/8/98: IOLTA: the Left's latest scam to crawl into our pockets
1/5/98: Connect the dots to create a terrorist state
1/1/98: The Unacceptables of 1997: Long may they rave
12/28/97: Hypocrisy is a liberal survival mechanism
12/23/97: Chanukah is no laughing matter
12/22/97: No merry Christmas for persecuted Christians around the world
12/18/97: Bosnia, Haiti, and how not to conduct a foreign policy

©1999, Creators Syndicate