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The real Clinton emerges
The Hill ^ | 26 Sep 2006 | Dick Morris

Posted on 09/26/2006 5:07:03 AM PDT by RKV

From behind the benign façade and the tranquilizing smile, the real Bill Clinton emerged Sunday during Chris Wallace’s interview on Fox News Channel. There he was on live television, the man those who have worked for him have come to know – the angry, sarcastic, snarling, self-righteous, bombastic bully, roused to a fever pitch. The truer the accusation, the greater the feigned indignation. Clinton jabbed his finger in Wallace’s face, poking his knee, and invading the commentator’s space.

But beyond noting the ex-president’s non-presidential style, it is important to answer his distortions and misrepresentations. His self-justifications constitute a mangling of the truth which only someone who once quibbled about what the “definition of ‘is’ is” could perform.

Clinton told Wallace, “There is not a living soul in the world who thought that Osama bin Laden had anything to do with Black Hawk Down.” Nobody said there was. The point of citing Somalia in the run up to 9-11 is that bin Laden told Fortune Magazine in a 1999 interview that the precipitous American pullout after Black Hawk Down convinced him that Americans would not stand up to armed resistance.

Clinton said conservatives “were all trying to get me to withdraw from Somalia in 1993 the next day” after the attack which killed American soldiers. But the real question was whether Clinton would honor the military’s request to be allowed to stay and avenge the attack, a request he denied. The debate was not between immediate withdrawal and a six-month delay. (Then-first lady, now-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) favored the first option, by the way). The fight was over whether to attack or pull out eventually without any major offensive operations.

The president told Wallace, “I authorized the CIA to get groups together to try to kill bin Laden.” But actually, the 9-11 Commission was clear that the plan to kidnap Osama was derailed by Sandy Berger and George Tenet because Clinton had not yet made a finding authorizing his assassination. They were fearful that Osama would die in the kidnapping and the U.S. would be blamed for using assassination as an instrument of policy.

Clinton claims “the CIA and the FBI refused to certify that bin Laden was responsible [for the Cole bombing] while I was there.” But he could replace or direct his employees as he felt. His helplessness was, as usual, self-imposed.

Why didn’t the CIA and FBI realize the extent of bin Laden’s involvement in terrorism? Because Clinton never took the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center sufficiently seriously. He never visited the site and his only public comment was to caution against “over-reaction.” In his pre-9/11 memoirs, George Stephanopoulos confirms that he and others on the staff saw it as a “failed bombing” and noted that it was far from topic A at the White House. Rather than the full-court press that the first terror attack on American soil deserved, Clinton let the investigation be handled by the FBI on location in New York without making it the national emergency it actually was.

In my frequent phone and personal conversations with both Clintons in 1993, there was never a mention, not one, of the World Trade Center attack. It was never a subject of presidential focus.

Failure to grasp the import of the 1993 attack led to a delay in fingering bin Laden and understanding his danger. This, in turn, led to our failure to seize him when Sudan evicted him and also to our failure to carry through with the plot to kidnap him. And, it was responsible for the failure to “certify” him as the culprit until very late in the Clinton administration.

The former president says, “I worked hard to try to kill him.” If so, why did he notify Pakistan of our cruise-missile strike in time for them to warn Osama and allow him to escape? Why did he refuse to allow us to fire cruise missiles to kill bin Laden when we had the best chance, by far, in 1999? The answer to the first question — incompetence; to the second — he was paralyzed by fear of civilian casualties and by accusations that he was wagging the dog. The 9/11 Commission report also attributes the 1999 failure to the fear that we would be labeled trigger-happy having just bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade by mistake.

President Clinton assumes that criticism of his failure to kill bin Laden is a “nice little conservative hit job on me.” But he has it backwards. It is not because people are right-wingers that they criticize him over the failure to prevent 9/11. It was his failure to catch bin Laden that drove them to the right wing.

The ex-president is fully justified in laying eight months of the blame for the failure to kill or catch bin Laden at the doorstep of George W. Bush [RKV: 96:8, I don't think there is a comparison]. But he should candidly acknowledge that eight years of blame fall on him.

One also has to wonder when the volcanic rage beneath the surface of this would-be statesman will cool. When will the chip on his shoulder finally disappear? When will he feel sufficiently secure in his own legacy and his own skin not to boil over repeatedly in private and occasionally even in public? [RKV: Never]


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KEYWORDS: chriswallace; clinton
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The toe sucker hits one out of the park.
1 posted on 09/26/2006 5:07:04 AM PDT by RKV
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To: RKV

Fantastic read, bookmarked for future Liberals


2 posted on 09/26/2006 5:12:44 AM PDT by craig_eddy
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To: RKV

I wonder how much bullying Bubba Clinton would do if his Secret Service guard werent there?

Come on down my way some night and stick your finger in the face of some of my hometown boys bubba ,and get the dog snot knocked out of you.

The fact is that Bubba is laying off his failures on his sycophants who wouldnt allow him to make a decision.

Thank God we dont have a man like Bubba in the white House now. George Bush makes his own decisions.Then he takes responsibility for them.


3 posted on 09/26/2006 5:27:42 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: RKV

But he's got nice hair.


4 posted on 09/26/2006 5:27:56 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy
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To: RKV

Clinton was on cocaine. Purple faced, agitated, aggressive, bold and very paranoid.


5 posted on 09/26/2006 5:36:21 AM PDT by umgud (I love NASCAR as much as the Democrats hate Bush)
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To: RKV
The toe sucker hits one out of the park.

Would never have guessed that is who wrote this.

6 posted on 09/26/2006 5:51:54 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: RKV
In my frequent phone and personal conversations with both Clintons in 1993, there was never a mention, not one, of the World Trade Center attack. It was never a subject of presidential focus.

Whoa.

7 posted on 09/26/2006 5:55:45 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- IF only 10% are radical, that's still 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: onyx
I hope Dick does not frequent Fort Marcy Park.
8 posted on 09/26/2006 5:56:54 AM PDT by defconw (Yes I am a Bushbot, so what of it? (Official Snowflake))
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To: defconw


LOL -- I think he knows better.


9 posted on 09/26/2006 5:58:27 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- IF only 10% are radical, that's still 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: RKV
Clinton said conservatives “were all trying to get me to withdraw from Somalia in 1993 the next day” after the attack which killed American soldiers.

I was still on active duty in the Navy when that happened, and I was furious that he left our men nearly defensless in a dangerous area and refused to reinforce them with the equipment needed to complete the mission safely. Then he made the American Armed Forces retreat from a fight. I had not felt that way since the sixth grade, when Carter was president and the "great hostage rescue" ended with our helicopters burning in the desert. I don't remember any conservatives calling on a retreat, that was all him.

10 posted on 09/26/2006 5:59:35 AM PDT by EricT. (The Democrats have decided it will either be a Democrat led America, or no America at all.)
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To: umgud
Clinton was on cocaine. Purple faced, agitated, aggressive, bold and very paranoid.

Perhaps, but I suspect "speed", one of the amphetamines. He sure has lost a lot of weight.

11 posted on 09/26/2006 6:00:32 AM PDT by cpdiii (Socialism is popular with the ruling class. It gives legitimacy to tyranny and despotism.)
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To: onyx
Hope so. I still don't know if I trust him or not.
12 posted on 09/26/2006 6:00:42 AM PDT by defconw (Yes I am a Bushbot, so what of it? (Official Snowflake))
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To: defconw


Morris?


13 posted on 09/26/2006 6:01:37 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- IF only 10% are radical, that's still 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: RKV

I'm not a big Morris fan but when he talks about Bill Clinton's "personality" I buy what he's saying.

Bill Clinton has the mentality of a dictator but the United States of America has a Constitution to stop people like him from turning their evil dreams into reality.

It worked with Congress and even the Supreme Court at times
counterbalancing Clinton. We have three branches of government, not a monarchy.

We can't let a person like this back in the White House again with Hillary as president. They will make more mischief and God forbid find ways to tear down the Constitution to take away our freedoms.


14 posted on 09/26/2006 6:02:01 AM PDT by Nextrush (Chris Matthews Band: "I get high...... I get high.....I get high.....McCain.")
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To: umgud

Nah....
I doubt that...

Probably just too much Crown in the Green Room...


15 posted on 09/26/2006 6:02:25 AM PDT by tcrlaf (VOTE DEM! You'll Look GREAT In A Burqa!)
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To: RKV

Dick, the real Clinton emerges every time he steps up to a urinal (or an intern).


16 posted on 09/26/2006 6:03:40 AM PDT by RichInOC (Dick Morris...one of the rare politicos who puts other people's feet in his mouth.)
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To: onyx

Yes, Morris.


17 posted on 09/26/2006 6:09:02 AM PDT by defconw (Yes I am a Bushbot, so what of it? (Official Snowflake))
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To: onyx
http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/455911p-383523c.html

Check this out!
18 posted on 09/26/2006 6:09:48 AM PDT by defconw (Yes I am a Bushbot, so what of it? (Official Snowflake))
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To: defconw

My question to BillyJeff would be, "If you could off your friends, Vince and Ron, why could'nt you bring yourself to whack Osama?"


19 posted on 09/26/2006 6:10:21 AM PDT by darth
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To: EricT.

Thank you for your service to our country.


20 posted on 09/26/2006 6:11:57 AM PDT by RKV ( He who has the guns, makes the rules.)
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To: defconw

As long as PIAPS stays out of the White House he should be OK.


21 posted on 09/26/2006 6:13:59 AM PDT by RKV ( He who has the guns, makes the rules.)
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To: defconw

Right. That guy (Shuerer) was quoted on the Today show this morning.


22 posted on 09/26/2006 6:14:23 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- IF only 10% are radical, that's still 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: darth

My guess is Hillary did it. Not Bill.


23 posted on 09/26/2006 6:14:53 AM PDT by defconw (Yes I am a Bushbot, so what of it? (Official Snowflake))
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To: RKV
You've got to see this. It's a riot!

Clinton As You've Never Seen Him Before?

24 posted on 09/26/2006 6:15:04 AM PDT by demkicker (democrats, terrorists, Powell, McCain, Graham & Collins are intimate bedfellows)
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To: defconw
The statement that sums up the entire CLINTON anti-terror policy gameplan in BOLD...

...they knew almost immediately that Al Qaeda was behind the Cole bombing. "We all said this was definitely Bin Laden," the ex-FBI official said. "But we couldn't take it to court and get an indictment."
25 posted on 09/26/2006 6:15:16 AM PDT by Barney59 ("Another day on the planet")
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To: darth

Simple answer about Vince. Osama didn't father "Bill's" child.


26 posted on 09/26/2006 6:15:24 AM PDT by RKV ( He who has the guns, makes the rules.)
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To: onyx

You have mail.


27 posted on 09/26/2006 6:15:28 AM PDT by defconw (Yes I am a Bushbot, so what of it? (Official Snowflake))
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To: defconw

"the angry, sarcastic, snarling, self-righteous, bombastic bully, roused to a fever pitch."

My favorite line.


28 posted on 09/26/2006 6:17:04 AM PDT by teddyballgame (red man in a blue state)
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To: defconw

No, I don't have any FR mail waiting for me.

Did you send it to someone else by mistake? LOL.

I hope you didn't say anything meant for just me to someone else...lol.


29 posted on 09/26/2006 6:17:49 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- IF only 10% are radical, that's still 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: RKV
Remind me never to treat one of my employees the way Blow Job treated Dick Morris.
30 posted on 09/26/2006 6:17:55 AM PDT by .cnI redruM (Robert Heinlein's 5 grades of coffee: Java, Cafe, Jamocha, Joe, Carbon Remover)
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To: defconw


LOL -- got it!
TOO FUNNY!


31 posted on 09/26/2006 6:19:04 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- IF only 10% are radical, that's still 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: RKV
His self-justifications constitute a mangling of the truth which only someone who once quibbled about what the “definition of ‘is’ is” could perform.

BUMP

32 posted on 09/26/2006 6:19:22 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: onyx
I am in shock to say the least. But I will not post it.
33 posted on 09/26/2006 6:21:54 AM PDT by defconw (Yes I am a Bushbot, so what of it? (Official Snowflake))
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To: RKV

The closer 2008 comes, the more we need of this with slimemaster and the slime hag....


34 posted on 09/26/2006 6:22:06 AM PDT by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: onyx

Actually because I have been up over 24 hours now, I sent it to me first. LOL, it's all good!


35 posted on 09/26/2006 6:23:07 AM PDT by defconw (Yes I am a Bushbot, so what of it? (Official Snowflake))
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To: defconw


A part of me really wants to post it.
FOTFLOL! Trust me, we can't!


36 posted on 09/26/2006 6:27:34 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- IF only 10% are radical, that's still 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: RKV
The truer the accusation, the greater the feigned indignation.

Clinton's temper tantrums are as theatrical, and calculated, as Dan Rather's tears.

37 posted on 09/26/2006 6:27:36 AM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("left unchecked, Saddam Hussein...will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." Sen. Hillary Clinton)
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To: RKV

Maaaaaaan, did anyone else see his EYES! They actually FLASH! AMAZING

He is one off balance dude.

Some one get that man an intern!


38 posted on 09/26/2006 6:29:13 AM PDT by Blackrain4xmas (Now, more than ever, with our soldiers in harm's way, we must stand together and succeed in Iraq-JKF)
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To: onyx
I know, I know, makes me wonder what kind of Holiday card I will get this year? LOL, this is just, freaking amazing!
39 posted on 09/26/2006 6:30:35 AM PDT by defconw (Yes I am a Bushbot, so what of it? (Official Snowflake))
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To: defconw
I know, I know, makes me wonder what kind of Holiday card I will get this year?

ROTFLMAO!

I'll wager he's recently changed his order. LOL.

40 posted on 09/26/2006 6:32:43 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- IF only 10% are radical, that's still 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: onyx

ROFLMAO! I'll never get to sleep at this rate. I just can't believe it! OMG. No more Wilbur?


41 posted on 09/26/2006 6:34:59 AM PDT by defconw (Yes I am a Bushbot, so what of it? (Official Snowflake))
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To: defconw


Still ROTFLMAO --- you have not slept yet?
Hey, I slept 2 hours.


42 posted on 09/26/2006 6:36:32 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- IF only 10% are radical, that's still 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: RKV

Bill Clinton is a liar plain and simple.


43 posted on 09/26/2006 6:37:35 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys-Reagan and Bush)
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To: RKV

This is what really gets me. Everyone knows Clinton and his administration governed by polls. I don't think it has ever occurred to Clinton to simply do the right thing in spite of political expediency. So what if every conservative wanted him out of Somolia (not that I'm saying it's true), he as the President had a responsibility to do the right thing. He wasn't interested. He was only interested in his image. The Wallace intervew was a striking example of this as he painted himself as powerless to stand up against the military, CIA, FBI (ACK!), he was their commander for god's sake. If he was having a problem with them, THAT's when he should have used his famous temper.

But that's not the way Clinton's built, is it.


44 posted on 09/26/2006 6:37:36 AM PDT by ShandaLear (So there!)
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To: RKV

The real Clinton will continue to emerge.

Driven by his ego, he will think that all he has to do is spin his version even more vigorously in the public forum and the sheeple will flock to his side.

Only his handlers can keep him from making that kind of blunder ... and they're probably too intimidated by now.


45 posted on 09/26/2006 6:38:14 AM PDT by Let's Roll ( "Congressmen who ... undermine the military ... should be arrested, exiled or hanged" - A. Lincoln)
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To: onyx
I got up at 6 AM yesterday, I think I napped from 11:00 to whatever time I started causing trouble on the Rudy thing. LOL then I went to work and worked to 6AM and here I am! No rest for the obsessed I guess.
46 posted on 09/26/2006 6:38:51 AM PDT by defconw (Yes I am a Bushbot, so what of it? (Official Snowflake))
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To: RKV
Wow. That's a HOME RUN by Morris.

What I like best, was Morris's comments that the BIGGER THE LIE--the MORE EMOTIONAL HE GETS! As a confinante' of Slick's for 20 years, if anyone would know, Morris would.

So we are still paying the price for his 'cigar' episodes. And here I thought it was his own personal life! (s/off)

Because of his use of our nation's highest office, the Oval Office, as his VERY OWN PERSONAL MASSAGE PARLOR--we paid the huge price of 9/11--are still paying the price--and will be paying for a long, long time (because he felt he could not go after Bin Laden).

Because he IGNORED the WTC bombing, enboldened Bin Laden in Black Hawk down, and because his 'hummers' made him afraid of any more "Wag the Dog" accusations--we are still paying the price.

And here I thought it was his own personal sex life that was the issue. (/s)

"THANKS, SLICK."

47 posted on 09/26/2006 6:39:42 AM PDT by stockstrader
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To: defconw

I am going to nap soon. IF I can stop laughing.


48 posted on 09/26/2006 6:40:29 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- IF only 10% are radical, that's still 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: EricT.
"I had not felt that way since the sixth grade, when Carter was president and the "great hostage rescue" ended with our helicopters burning in the desert. I don't remember any conservatives calling on a retreat, that was all him."

Yup---"Jimmuh Cahtah" and "Bubba" Clinton--the "one-two punch" of presidential incompetence.

49 posted on 09/26/2006 6:41:01 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel-NRA)
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To: Let's Roll

Bill is forgetting the first rule of holes: when finding oneself in a hole, stop digging. Every time that liar opens his mouth, he convicts himself.


50 posted on 09/26/2006 6:43:11 AM PDT by RKV ( He who has the guns, makes the rules.)
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