Monday, March 22, 2010

Bill Clinton proves (again) that he is a candid and honest guy

"It may have been good for some of my farmers in Arkansas, but it has not worked. It was a mistake. I had to live everyday with the consequences of the loss of capacity to produce a rice crop in Haiti to feed those people because of what I did; nobody else."
I generally think that Bill Clinton is a good guy and one of the better presidents (probably from reading Lies And The Lying Liars That Tell Them by Al Franken). He did do some questionable things while in office, ranging from his free trade policies to his personal mistakes, but I think overall he has been given a bit of a bad rap and since his presidency, has been honest about his missteps in not intervening in Rwanda and recently, about how his free trade policies have destroyed Haiti's ability to rely on itself for food. Clinton's free trade policies also undermined food markets in Mexico and the issues of food security and barriers to self sufficiency are ones of great importance, so Clinton acknowledging this, speaking on behalf of the UN envoy to Haiti, is still an important and good thing. Check out the Huffington Post's coverage of the issue, it discusses some of the complex issues with tariffs on food and the U.S.'s rocky past with Haiti.

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