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Documents: U.S., Taliban bargained over bin Laden
CNN ^

Posted on 08/19/2005 9:02:51 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- During secret meetings with U.S. officials in 1998, top Taliban officials discussed assassinating or expelling Osama bin Laden in response to al Qaeda's deadly bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa, according to State Department documents.

The newly declassified documents, posted Thursday on the National Archives Web site, provide a fascinating glimpse into U.S. diplomacy exerted on Afghanistan's ruling Taliban -- a regime officially unrecognized by Washington -- nearly three years before the September 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks on the United States.

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1 posted on 08/19/2005 9:02:57 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Sandy Burgler...please pick up the white courtesy phone....Sandy Burgler???


2 posted on 08/19/2005 9:05:58 PM PDT by 1john2 3and4
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To: 1john2 3and4

Yeah I wonder if the 911 Whitewash Commission missed this too?


3 posted on 08/19/2005 9:10:35 PM PDT by JLS
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Seems to me I've heard this before.

Though, perhaps I'm thinking of one of the other times Clinton was offered Bin Laden.


4 posted on 08/19/2005 9:10:59 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (When a Jihadist dies, an angel gets its wings)
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To: Lunatic Fringe


hmmmm, and who was President in 1998?


5 posted on 08/19/2005 9:15:27 PM PDT by LauraleeBraswell
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To: 1john2 3and4
Sandy Burgler...please pick up the white courtesy phone....Sandy Burgler???

He can't...it won't fit inside his socks.

6 posted on 08/19/2005 9:16:24 PM PDT by Christian4Bush (The modern Democratic Party: Attacking our defenders and defending our attackers.)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
During secret meetings with U.S. officials in 1998,

AH HA!! I knew it! ITs Bushes fault!!!1111!!!

7 posted on 08/19/2005 9:16:33 PM PDT by RazorGhost
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To: Lunatic Fringe

I thought this was common knowledge.


8 posted on 08/19/2005 9:16:39 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: RazorGhost

I think the Left is blaming Cheney for everything that happened during and because of Clinton's Administration.


9 posted on 08/19/2005 9:17:37 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Another hit piece attempting to link the US is complicit in Taliban atrocity. The fact is the "moderate" wing knew AQ would bring down the regime. And it did! So in order to preserve it's integrity and look to the future of being recognized internationally (they did control 90 percent of the country) they attempted to bargain. The Taliban "hardliners" had control, and to bargain the US knew they would have to deal, and even gave aid to the Taliban. This should not be shocking...well except that the "moderate" Taliban (did warn us of attacks to the Homeland pre-9/11. They also asked of cleaning up AQ and wanted us have a "Mountain Storm" like desert storm to clear out OBL. Well, we had our "Operation Mountain Storm."

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines02/0907-08.htm
10 posted on 08/19/2005 9:21:56 PM PDT by endthematrix ("an ominous vacancy"...I mean, JOHN ROBERTS now fills this space!)
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To: coconutt2000
It is but for the millions who have a short memory, now will think President Bush conspired with the EVIL Taliban. The MSM is just bloating the big lie.
11 posted on 08/19/2005 9:23:42 PM PDT by endthematrix ("an ominous vacancy"...I mean, JOHN ROBERTS now fills this space!)
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To: JLS
Yeah I wonder if the 911 Whitewash Commission missed this too?

It wasn't the Ommission's fault. It was State Department lawyers.

12 posted on 08/19/2005 9:26:33 PM PDT by neodad (I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
...assassinating or expelling Osama bin Laden in response to al Qaeda's deadly bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa, according to State Department documents

So, there was a connection between OBL and the embassy bombings.

So, there were legal reasons OBL could have been 'arrested', detained, captured or killed.

State Department documents? Who was the Secretary of State? Oh, yah, Maddie 'the maid' Albright.

So Clinton knew. Or should have. Yet his defense against not actively pursuing OBL was 'they didn't have enough to connect him to the crimes.'

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Almost as bad as the Clinton legacy is the Bush 2 do nothing attitude about giving the Clinton people a pass on their corruption and negligence.
13 posted on 08/19/2005 9:32:55 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: neodad

It was the commission's fault if it was not in their report and they did not investigate the failure of the Clinton administration to take terriorism seriously.


14 posted on 08/19/2005 9:33:50 PM PDT by JLS
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To: Lunatic Fringe

15 posted on 08/19/2005 9:36:42 PM PDT by PilloryHillary (Eva Peron + Chappaqua = Hillary Clinton)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
"It is unbelievable that this small man did this to you," Ahmed said during their meeting on December 19, 1998, according to the documents.

It's unbelievable Clinton let this small man go so he could continue his murdering spree.

16 posted on 08/19/2005 9:50:13 PM PDT by sydbas
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To: TomGuy
Almost as bad as the Clinton legacy is the Bush 2 do nothing attitude about giving the Clinton people a pass on their corruption and negligence

That always bothered me too. I can't understand it. i wonder if it has something to do with the 900 FBI files? Something is not right about Bush 41 being close to Clinton. It is definitely strange. It will only benefit Hillary in 08.

17 posted on 08/19/2005 9:53:32 PM PDT by liberty2004
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To: 1john2 3and4

My first thought was the Berger theft as well.


18 posted on 08/19/2005 9:54:49 PM PDT by Cougar66 (The only liberal movement is what's in their diapers. .)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Do the documents show how much the Saudis paid Willie to ensure that no harm came to OBL? They routed some cash to Willie via Iraqi oil voucher money paid to Marc Rich. Vince Foster regularly went to Switzerland to mange these accounts and died when the criminality of these efforts became too great, even for him.

These documents should also lead to CIA raw notes of the meetings in Europe between Willie's reps, usually Vince, and Saudi, Iraqi, al-Qaida or OBL hitters through most of the 90s. The constant dem mendacity about "no connection" and Berger's thefts are proof that Willie was on the take.

19 posted on 08/19/2005 10:07:17 PM PDT by Tacis ("Democrats - The Party of Traitors, Treachery and Treason!")
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Historical facts destroy any assertion that the Taliban were seriously considering moving against OBL.

This is a no brainer, we knocked the Taliban out of power in Afghanistan because they would not turn over OBL so any talk that they ever seriously considered to do is is bogus and lame brained.
20 posted on 08/19/2005 10:20:13 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: TomGuy
Almost as bad as the Clinton legacy is the Bush 2 do nothing attitude about giving the Clinton people a pass on their corruption and negligence.

Puhleeeze...this doesnt rest soley on Bush's shoulders. What about the Republican congress? Look at all the scandals that occurred over those 8 years, lying under oath was the LEAST of Crinton's offenses!!
21 posted on 08/19/2005 11:15:41 PM PDT by Stellar Dendrite ( Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. -Churchill)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

This is the 2nd or 3rd report by the MSMedia I have seen on these particular documents.

I find it very interesting that not a single alphabet network has found it newsworthy to mention that the taliban blamed the African bombings on Saddam Hussein.

I'n sure it was just a coincidence that all the MSM people missed that part of these documents............


22 posted on 08/20/2005 3:06:40 AM PDT by federal
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Something IS missing. Now we saw at WACO that Clintons had it in them to dispose of "trouble" makers, so somebody somewhere was paying off protection for OBL.
23 posted on 08/20/2005 3:11:17 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: sydbas
It's unbelievable Clinton let this small man go so he could continue his murdering spree.

No it's not, he was too busy getting his willie wet to worry about anything else.

24 posted on 08/20/2005 6:35:48 AM PDT by ChefKeith (If Diplomacy worked, then we would be sitting here talking.)
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To: Tacis
The constant dem mendacity about "no connection" and Berger's thefts are proof that Willie was on the take.

What you said.
and
why Burgler gets a pass, and why he's not hanging upside-down by his ankles waiting for something to fall out of his "pants" is a frustrating....mystery (I guess is the best word for now) to me.

25 posted on 08/20/2005 7:17:40 AM PDT by 1john2 3and4
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