Clinton contradictions ...
When it comes to politicians, contradictions are commonplace. But sometimes, some seem stranger than others.
Last weekend, saw Bill Clinton in the Maldives. As special UN envoy for tsunami recovery, he'd gone to visit various devastated areas of the archipelago.
On Saturday, he met with Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoon, as planned. His next scheduled meeting - with tsunami survivors - was surprisingly cancelled. What followed was more than a little curious.
Some of Mr Clinton's accompanying aides said the sudden cancellation was due to poor weather. Other aides announced that Bill Clinton was exhausted and needed to rest. His former chief of staff, Erskine Bowles said: "He is disappointed. He wanted to go."
However, in New York, UN spokesman Brendan Varma was insisting that the sudden cancellation was due to a weather forecast - predicting 'intermittent rain showers and moderate seas'. Varma added "He is not exhausted. He is doing fine and he is going to continue with his busy schedule of meetings."
Meanwhile, Cherie Hart, a regional UN spokeswoman, was claiming that although Mr Clinton wasn't actually "sick" -- he was "too tired." She added: " [He is] just plain pooped ... ".
Remembering that Bill Clinton had heart bypass surgery just last September - and more surgery to remove fluid and scar tissue, only this March - does make 'This Old Brit' wonder.
Why all the contradictions from the Clinton aides? Why the disagreements among the UN spokespersons? Why so many mixed messages?
Yesterday's 'Independent' had a relevant piece, written by their Washington correspondent, Andrew Buncombe. Click the link below and see what you think. Was it bad weather or bad health?