Leadership: January 2, 2002

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Dick Morris, at one time an aide to President Clinton, had issued several recent statements and articles denouncing his former boss for being soft on terrorism. In one case, a law was proposed that would have meant any foreigner in the US on a visa who was issued a driver's license would have that license set to expire on the same day as his visa. By linking the databases of the FBI and Immigration & Naturalization Service, anyone who was in the country on a expired visa would be identified if stopped by any traffic cop and quickly deported. While the public supported the law, Clinton would have none of it. The Justice Department warned him that this could cause a political backlash by Hispanics, and the INS warned that it had a backlog of 100,000 pending deportations and simply did not need any more illegal aliens identified as it could not handle the ones it already had. While Congress passed sanctions on Iran for sponsoring terrorism, President Clinton insisted that he be given the authority to waive them in cases of national security, then issued waivers when European countries complained that their local businesses would be sanctioned. Clinton regarded good relations with Europe as more important than sanctions on Iran, a position that is arguably valid.--Stephen V Cole

 


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