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03.10.11

Bill Clinton at Women in the World: We Need a No-Fly Zone

As Newsweek and The Daily Beast's Women in the World summit kicked off tonight, Bill Clinton spoke passionately about Libya, Peter King, and why we haven't had a female president yet.

The day ended with a bang as Tina Brown sat down with former President Bill Clinton for a wide-ranging conversation that spanned Col. Muammar Gaddafi (he's "crazy"), Afghanistan ("getting rid of the Taliban was a good thing") and the controversial Peter King hearings on Islam (he's going about them all wrong). A few of the interview's newsiest moments.

1. The Former President Supports a No-Fly Zone for Libya

The position is at odds with that of the administration. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that a no-fly zone over Libya could not be a U.S.-led effort, and would need the backing of the international community. "I think it's very important that this not be a U.S.-led effort, because this comes from the people of Libya themselves," she said.

2. The Peter King Hearings Reinforce 'Two-Dimensional' Stereotypes

"More than 200 Muslims were killed in 9/11," Clinton said. "Many of the people we cheer for in the streets in Egypt [are Muslim]... It's important we appreciate what's good about the contributions American Muslims have made."

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3. George W. Bush Deserves Some Credit for Sparking the Arab Revolts

But Clinton cautioned: "Americans are notorious for wanting to get credit for words they spoke, not deeds they did. We have a bad habit of that." He added: "I'm guilty of it too."

4. Will We Ever Have a Female President?

Tina: America has never had a female president.
Bill: It's not my fault! (Laughs)
Tina: Who will be the first? (Paraphrased)
Bill: I don't know, but I know there will be, and it'll be a good thing.