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Clinton Has No Clothes (Byron York in 2001)
National Review ^ | December 17, 2001 | Byron York

Posted on 09/10/2006 11:05:56 AM PDT by Dems_R_Losers

On June 25, 1996, a powerful truck bomb exploded outside the Khobar Towers barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, tearing the front from the building, blasting a crater 35 feet deep, and killing 19 American soldiers. Hundreds more were injured. When news reached Washington, President Bill Clinton vowed to bring the killers to justice. "The cowards who committed this murderous act must not go unpunished," he said angrily. "Let me say again: We will pursue this. America takes care of our own. Those who did it must not go unpunished." The next day, leaving the White House to attend an economic summit in France, Clinton had more tough words for the attackers. "Let me be very clear: We will not resist" — the president corrected himself — "we will not rest in our efforts to find who is responsible for this outrage, to pursue them and to punish them."

As Clinton spoke, his top political strategist, Dick Morris, was hard at work conducting polls to gauge the public's reaction to the bombing. "Whenever there was a crisis, I ordered an immediate poll," Morris recalls. "I was concerned about how Clinton looked in the face of [the attack] and whether people blamed him." The bombing happened in the midst of the president's re-election campaign, and even though Clinton enjoyed a substantial lead over Republican Bob Dole, Morris worried that public dissatisfaction with Clinton on the terrorism issue might benefit Dole.

Indeed, Morris's first poll showed less support for Clinton than he had hoped. But by the time Morris presented his findings to the president and top staffers at a political-strategy meeting a few days later, public approval of Clinton's response had climbed — something Morris noted in his written agenda for the session:

SAUDI BOMBING — recovered from Friday and looking great
Approve Clinton handling 73-20
Big gain from 63-20 on Friday
Security was adequate 52-40
It's not Clinton's fault 76-18

The numbers were a relief for the re-election team. But soon there was another crisis when, on July 17, TWA Flight 800 exploded and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on its way from New York to Paris. There was widespread suspicion that the crash was the result of terrorism (it was later ruled to be an accident), and Morris's polling found the public growing uneasy not only about air safety but also about Clinton's performance in the Khobar investigation. Morris found that the number of people who believed Clinton was "doing all he can to investigate the Saudi bombing and punish those responsible" was just 54 percent, while 32 percent believed he could do more. Morris feared that White House inaction would allow Dole to portray Clinton as soft on national security.

"We tested two alternative defenses to this attack: Peace maker or Toughness," Morris wrote in a memo for the president. In the "Peacemaker" defense, Morris asked voters to respond to the statement, "Clinton is peacemaker. Brought together Arabs and Israelis. Ireland. Bosnia cease fire. Uses strength to bring about peace." The other defense, "Tough ness," asked voters to respond to "Clinton tough. Stands up for American interests. Against foreign companies doing business in Cuba. Sanctions against Iran. Anti-terrorist legislation held up by Republicans. Prosecuted World Trade Center bombers." Morris found that the public greatly preferred "Toughness."

So Clinton talked tough. But he did not act tough. Indeed, a review of his years in office shows that each time the president was confronted with a major terrorist attack — the February 26, 1993, bombing of the World Trade Center, the Khobar Towers attack, the August 7, 1998, bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the October 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole — Clinton was preoccupied with his own political fortunes to an extent that precluded his giving serious and sustained attention to fighting terrorism.

At the time of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, his administration was just beginning, and he was embroiled in controversies over gays in the military, an economic stimulus plan, and the beginnings of Hillary Clinton's health-care task force. Khobar Towers happened not only in the midst of the president's re-election campaign but also at the end of a month in which there were new and damaging developments in the Whitewater and Filegate scandals. The African embassy attacks occurred as the Monica Lewinsky affair was at fever pitch, in the month that Clinton appeared before independent counsel Kenneth Starr's grand jury. And when the Cole was rammed, Clinton had little time left in office and was desperately hoping to build his legacy with a breakthrough in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Whenever a serious terrorist attack occurred, it seemed Bill Clinton was always busy with something else.

(more at link)


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bubba; byronyork; clinton; demsrlosers; dirtxpotus; loser; pathto911; x42
Another trip down Memory Lane......the end of this piece is especially insightful - terrorism just wasn't "Clinton's thing." Liberal baby boomers like Clinton are almost allergic to using force at any time to confront America's enemies. Clinton was all about himself and his legacy, not about protecting America.
1 posted on 09/10/2006 11:05:57 AM PDT by Dems_R_Losers
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To: Dems_R_Losers

Al-Qaeda grew while Moanica blew.


2 posted on 09/10/2006 11:10:56 AM PDT by shankbear
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To: Dems_R_Losers

it's not surprising, but this portrays the sleazy poll driven politics Dick Morris presches.


3 posted on 09/10/2006 11:12:13 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: Dems_R_Losers

Don't forget Jimmy Carter's 444 days of toughness.


4 posted on 09/10/2006 11:12:19 AM PDT by MidlandDesperado (There is none so blind as they that won't see. Jonathan Swift.)
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To: Dems_R_Losers

"Clinton Has No Clothes"

Monica Lewinski and many other women already knew that.


5 posted on 09/10/2006 11:12:47 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: Dems_R_Losers

Clinton having no clothes. Now that's a pretty scary picture.


6 posted on 09/10/2006 11:13:09 AM PDT by 308MBR (Milkin' and a churnin', picking cotton, raising "heck" and balin' hay!)
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To: Dems_R_Losers
Clinton probably found the old Carter play-book laying around the WH. He probably concluded the Carters' plans were totally ineffective so he decided to do even less.
7 posted on 09/10/2006 11:15:00 AM PDT by oyez (The way to punish a providence is to allow it to be governed by philosophers. --Frederick the Great)
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To: shankbear
My God... and the Libs today forgot this ??? Why Clinton's almost up for sainthood, So it must all be lies and this article needs to be pulled (sarc)
Get the lawyers out of the bullpen and spin, spin, spin !

Great article !
8 posted on 09/10/2006 11:15:54 AM PDT by Tinman73 (Human nature requires We forget the terrible things We see. A truly intelligent person remembers it)
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To: Dems_R_Losers
The ClinToon with no clothes?
So.....
What else is new?
9 posted on 09/10/2006 11:15:57 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: 308MBR

Surely, the MSM gave him a pass. They ae to blame, too.


10 posted on 09/10/2006 11:16:54 AM PDT by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: finnman69

Hell, if Toon had just listened to Dick Morris a little more he might have done something about Bin Laden and been a real national hero. Even a surefire embellishment of his legacy with just a small war on terror was not enough incentive to get Clinton off the schneid and overcome his cogenital revulsion of the military and military solutions. That may be the most damning thing of all about him. He wasn't that distracted with Monica - he was biased to the core against using American might to do anything.


11 posted on 09/10/2006 11:18:55 AM PDT by Dems_R_Losers (Bill Clinton is Chief Loser)
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To: Dems_R_Losers

Here is a weatherman who would fit right in at ABC....


http://www.ebaumsworld.com/2006/09/cockroack-on-weatherman.html


12 posted on 09/10/2006 11:20:48 AM PDT by Screamname (By God someone help me, Hillary is my Senator!)
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To: Dems_R_Losers
"Whenever a serious terrorist attack occurred, it seemed Bill Clinton was always busy with something else."

13 posted on 09/10/2006 11:22:03 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Dems_R_Losers
Actually, he just has no pants.
14 posted on 09/10/2006 11:22:40 AM PDT by Huntress (Proud owner of Norman/Norma, the transsexual attack cat.)
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To: Dems_R_Losers
"Let me be very clear: We will not resist" — the president corrected himself — "we will not rest in our efforts to find who is responsible for this outrage, to pursue them and to punish them."

As I recall, the only one punished for the attack was the Air Force Base Commander.

15 posted on 09/10/2006 11:22:40 AM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: Dems_R_Losers
There was nothing, absolutely nothing that clinton did without passing it first through the prism of politics. Good or bad for the country, it didn't matter because nothing happened unless it was perceived to be politically beneficial to clinton.
16 posted on 09/10/2006 11:23:02 AM PDT by Jacquerie (All Muslims are suspect.)
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To: MidlandDesperado
Don't forget Jimmy Carter's 444 days of toughness.

Capped with an under-strengthed, slim-to-none-chance, further face-losing rescue attempt. God how I despise Dhimmicrats!!

17 posted on 09/10/2006 11:25:19 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: Dems_R_Losers

"Another trip down Memory Lane......the end of this piece is especially insightful - terrorism just wasn't "Clinton's thing." Liberal baby boomers like Clinton are almost allergic to using force at any time to confront America's enemies. Clinton was all about himself and his legacy, not about protecting America."

Tough to believe a President that dodged the draft and went to Moscow at the height of the cold war.

To this day, I believe if Ross Perot stayed home and counted his money, there would be no such thing as the Clintons.


18 posted on 09/10/2006 11:27:19 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Mediacrat - A leftwing editorialist who pretends to be an objective journalist.)
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To: shankbear
Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew.

LOL... That'll leave a mark!

19 posted on 09/10/2006 11:36:14 AM PDT by RJL
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To: All; finnman69; dixiechick2000; ExTexasRedhead; Clinton Is Scum; Calpernia; reformjoy; ...

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4 years ago on...



'The Judicial Watch Report' national talk radio show
http://www.JudicialWatch.org



...DICK MORRIS publically admitted to the nation that he had personally witnessed BILL CLINTON refuse 2 Free Offers from the Sudan in 1995 & 1996 to give us our No. 1 Terrorist Enemy OSAMA bin LADEN on a silver platter.

...DICK MORRIS then told US that couldn't personally confirm BILL CLINTON's refusing a third Free Offer in 2000, because MORRIS was no longer in the CLINTON White House by then.


An incoming call on this subject gave DICK MORRIS this opportunity to "share" what he had witnessed with US out here in RadioLand.



Signed:.."ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer
-The Judicial Watch Report Caller

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20 posted on 09/10/2006 11:40:58 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

See what all the Dems protests have stirred up?


21 posted on 09/10/2006 11:45:07 AM PDT by ShandaLear (So there!)
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To: Dems_R_Losers
Democrats for the Truth ?

What a joke.

091006.jpg

22 posted on 09/10/2006 11:53:09 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Dems_R_Losers

RUN, FORREST,uha BUBBA RUN!


23 posted on 09/10/2006 12:15:57 PM PDT by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: Dems_R_Losers

an EXCELLENT companion piece for tonight's 9-11 movie.

thank you, Dems!


24 posted on 09/10/2006 12:16:17 PM PDT by YaYa123
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To: SuzanneC; meema; McGruff; leadpenny; Springman; Peach; All

Like a midnight walk through a cemetary, every headstone a reminder of what the 90s were really like.


25 posted on 09/10/2006 12:18:23 PM PDT by YaYa123
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To: StarFan

don't miss this


26 posted on 09/10/2006 12:18:53 PM PDT by YaYa123
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To: Dems_R_Losers
What York describes, is a weak and ineffectual president confronted with a deadly terrorist threat. Clinton wants to somehow rewrite the history of his reaction to the Terrorist War on America, trouble is, he can't. No one can. 9/11 is a result of his policies and actions, or rather... inaction. We cannot take arguments to the contrary seriously, as they ask us to remain amnesiac for the rest of our lives and accept obvious distortions and lies, as voiced or written by Clinton's mouthpiece, Bruce Lindsey. Watch "The Path to 9/11" tonight, and compare that to what you read here and elsewhere. Clinton's people had to demand in the most obvious and desperate way, that the docudrama not be shown at all, simply because the factual record is one of Clinton's ineffectual dismissal of terrorism as a threat, his narcissistic posturing, and a lot of CYA after the fact.
27 posted on 09/10/2006 12:21:21 PM PDT by Richard Axtell
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To: MidlandDesperado
Don't forget Jimmy Carter's 444 days of toughness.

Ugh. Why did he wait so long to attempt a rescue mission? In addition, I have read that his Secretary of State , Cyrus Vance, actually resigned in protest over the rescue mission! Can you imagine such a thing?

28 posted on 09/10/2006 12:26:03 PM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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To: Dems_R_Losers

You can't help wondering why Morris and others like him didn't simply walk out of the White House and never go back. He could have disappeared into anonymity, not told Hill and cronies he couldn't breathe that foul air one more minute. Where was his conscience? What kind of people get up every morning and go to work hiding the the fact that their boss and his wife are sociopaths? I know...Liberals. It started from day one with the White House travel office, then Foster's murder, stolen FBI files and God knows what all.


29 posted on 09/10/2006 12:26:21 PM PDT by hershey
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To: shankbear

hey clean it up.......

al queda aggregated.....while monica fellated!!!!

yeah.. that's the ticket!!!!


30 posted on 09/10/2006 12:40:23 PM PDT by hnj_00
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To: EQAndyBuzz

You are right. Perot drained off enough votes to make Clinton a winner.


31 posted on 09/10/2006 12:43:56 PM PDT by sine_nomine (American is a great country: 20 million illegals can't be wrong. So build that wall, Mr. Bush.)
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To: Dems_R_Losers
...Clinton was all about himself and his legacy, not about protecting America.

Kind of says it all and why he and his backers are pressuring ABC. Little willie had hoped that his negotiations in the middle east, his negotiations with North Korea, and his tough talk (and lack of action)would counter act the impeachment/Monica footnote in history.

Now he knows that he did nothing to resolve the middle east that he help arm North Korea and that his role in supporting other terrorism, especially in looking the other way on OBM is all going to come out.

Wait until the press starts looking into Iraq and Bill pardoning of the the financial crook who profited from Saddam's oil for food kickbacks and probably shared some of that kickback money with Bill Clinton.

Clinton was probably one of the most intellectually gifted and eloquent crooks ever in the history of world leadership. History will ultimately set the story straight.

32 posted on 09/10/2006 2:00:36 PM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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bttt


33 posted on 09/10/2006 2:01:15 PM PDT by Mo1 (Think about it .. A Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be 2 seats away from being President)
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To: YaYa123
Whenever a serious terrorist attack occurred, it seemed Bill Clinton was always busy with something else.

Thanks for the ping. He never even visited the WTC after the attack in 1993.

34 posted on 09/10/2006 4:10:17 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: Robert357
Well, well well. ABC is showing the path to 9/11. One scene so far seems to make the Clinton administration look pretty lame.

Perhaps more interesting, I watched a Canadian Broadcast Corporation show earlier in the evening that was the time line prior to 9/11. It also cast stones at the Clinton Administration.

Very interesting. I wonder what the media will be saying over the next week.

35 posted on 09/10/2006 9:27:48 PM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

The world can't be reminded of that enough, IMO.

Thank you!


36 posted on 09/10/2006 10:44:14 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
To this day, I believe if Ross Perot stayed home and counted his money, there would be no such thing as the Clintons.

Conversely, if Perot had stayed in the race from beginning to end, rather than on-again, off-again, on-again, the blot we know as "the Clintons" would never have stained the nation (the state of Arkansas, yes, but the nation, no...)

the infowarrior

37 posted on 09/11/2006 2:38:07 AM PDT by infowarrior (The GOP runs the US, the Dems run their mouths... Freeper HardStarboard)
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To: All; dixiechick2000; Jim Robinson; kristinn; Richard Poe; mdcrandall; Calpernia; Sic Luceat Lux; ...

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Thank you, dc2000, you are so correct.


In the process of my taking the time needed on the internet and talk radio/TV to constantly remind our fellow Americans about the 3 Free Offers that the enemy within CLINTONS personally refused ...to bring OSAMA bin LADEN here before he could hit us hard on American soil,

...some things had to be sacrificed:

http://www.lzxray.com/Ronnie3.jpg


Just for the LOVE of it..!!!



NEVER FORGET



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38 posted on 09/11/2006 6:28:20 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: jwalsh07

AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Too funny!!


39 posted on 09/25/2006 11:25:09 AM PDT by jackv (just shakin' my head)
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