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Jewish World Review March 23, 1999 /6 Nissan 5759

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Bubba’s multiplied lies

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MATH WAS NOT MY STRONGEST SUBJECT IN SCHOOL, but I did learn that multiplying two negative numbers produces a positive result. In President Clinton's calculation, lying about whether he's told more than one lie must, in his mind, produce the truth.

In his news conference last Friday (March 19), the president was asked, ‘‘What do you think your legacy will be about lying, and how important do you think it is to tell the truth, especially under oath?''

After saying he believes that telling the truth is ‘‘very important,'' the president invoked a sports metaphor: ‘‘I also think there will be a box score, and there will be that one negative and then there will be hundreds and hundreds of times when the record will show that I did not abuse my authority as president, that I was truthful with the American people.''

The admission to lying once concerns his finger-wagging denial to the American people that he did not have sex with Monica Lewinsky. But no less an authority than Lewinsky herself told Barbara Walters that Clinton admitted to her that he's been a serial liar since childhood. Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) told Esquire magazine three years ago that ‘‘Clinton's an unusually good liar. Unusually good.'' Whom do you believe?

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In fact, chronicling Clinton's lies would produce a very thick book. Here is a tiny sample:

-- In 1992 candidate Clinton denied having an affair with Gennifer Flowers. But in a 1998 deposition he admitted having a sexual affair with her.

-- In 1993 Clinton pledged never to deploy American troops overseas unless U.S. strategic interests were threatened and there was a clear military goal with a firm exit strategy. In 1995 Clinton said he would deploy troops to Bosnia for 18 months and they would then come home. In 1998 Clinton sent thousands of additional troops to Bosnia with no exit strategy and an open-ended commitment. He's now proposing to do the same in Kosovo.

-- In 1992 Clinton promised to ‘‘have a legislative program ready on the desks of Congress on the day after I'm inaugurated.'' Six days before his inauguration, a reporter asked, ‘‘We were originally led to believe you would have an outline for Congress even before the inauguration and presented on day one or shortly thereafter -- and now we're told it may be a couple of weeks down the road with afull plan ready in March. When will it be ready?'' Clinton replied, ‘‘Well, I don't know who led you to believe that, but I'm the only one who's authorized to talk about that.''

-- In February 1996 Clinton said, ‘‘Since I was a little boy, I've heard about the Iowa caucuses.'' There were no Iowa caucuses when Clinton was a boy. They begin in 1972 when Clinton was at Oxford avoiding the draft, an incident that produced several more lies, not only to avoid service but about his motives for doing so.

-- In June 1996 Clinton said, ‘‘I have vivid and painful memories of black churches being burned in my own state when I was a child.'' The truth is not one black church was burned in Arkansas when he was growing up.

-- Clinton promised in 1992 not to raise taxes, saying he would actually cut them. In 1993 he authored what some claim to be the largest single tax increase in U.S. history.

-- Clinton charged the Bush administration with ‘‘coddling China'' and ignoring human rights abuses. In 1994 he approved congressional extension of Most Favored Nation status for China and de-linked human rights from U.S. trade concerns.

-- June 1992: ‘‘I will support a balanced-budget amendment. February 1995: ‘‘Obviously I don't support it.''

-- Clinton opposed ‘‘backbreaking'' federal gas tax hikes. In 1996 Clinton supported a 6.8 cents per gallon increase in the federal gas tax.

One definition of the word ‘‘lie'' is ‘‘to make an untrue statement with intent to mislead.'' That seems to sum up the game Bill Clinton has been playing. By that definition, his box score shows he has mostly struck out.


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