Bill Clinton's Bad Rap with the Military

Richard Myers says Clinton could discuss strategy as well as any flag officer.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

During his eight years in office, former President Clinton and his team were often labeled antimilitary. There was that bit in 1993 after a Clinton staffer sneered, "I don't talk to the military," when then Army Lt. Gen. Barry McCaffrey simply said, "Good morning," to her. Then Bubba took the blame for the U.S. casualties in Mogadishu, Somalia. Now comes former Joint Chiefs Chairman Richard Myers, who says Clinton was a perfect commander in chief. In his new book, Eyes on the Horizon, the highly respected retired Air Force general says Clinton—and wife Hillary—got a bad rap from the press. "He could discuss the fine points of strategic issues as well as any flag officer," the retired general reveals, "and Hillary Rodham Clinton was passionately interested in the programs that affected military families."

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