Clinton condemns ‘hit-and-run democracy’

September 12, 2006 at 4:17 pm | Posted in political parties | Leave a comment

(JTA) Former President Clinton earned applause from a U.S. Jewish group for condemning what he called the Bush administration’s foreign policy of “hit-and-run democracy.”

Clinton delivered the keynote address Monday at the United Jewish Communities’ Lion of Judah conference, which commemorated five years since the Sept. 11 attacks.

He said the central lesson he drew from the attacks is that “people are the prize”: The West must counter terrorists not only through war, but also through long-term investment in developing countries that produce terrorists.

Speaking to 1,500 female fund- raisers, Clinton derided the deterioration of the fragile democracy in Afghanistan and said, “The one thing we learned at that moment in time is that we can’t practice hit-and-run democracy, and that we have got all of the military power in the world to defeat a traditional foe in the moment but insurgencies are about the long run; they are never defeated by superior military power alone.”

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