Skip to comments.Clinton Gives Us Another Finger
Posted on 09/26/2006 5:29:03 PM PDT by neverdem
Former President Bill Clinton shook his left index finger at Chris Wallace during an interview on Fox News Sunday, denying charges he and his administration did too little to catch Osama bin Laden and ward off the 9/11 terror attacks. Leaning forward and appearing angry, Clinton said, at least I tried. Thats the difference in me and some, including all of the right-wingers who are attacking me now. They (the Bush administration) had eight months to try. They did not try. I tried. So I tried and failed.
Clinton added that he authorized the CIA to get groups together to try to kill (bin Laden). He said he had drawn up plans to go into Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban and launch an attack against bin Laden after the Oct. 12, 2000 attack on the USS Cole in the Yemeni part of Aden. Clinton suggested the plan was thwarted because Uzbekistan would not grant basing rights and only did so after 9/11.
Clinton apparently is coming out about this now because of the recently aired ABC film The Path to 9/11, which portrayed him and his top aides as indecisive at best, and incompetent at worst, when they failed to take advantage of an opportunity to kill bin Laden. A docudrama is not necessary to counter Clintons claims. There is testimony from many sources that he and his administration blew chances to nail the al-Qaida mastermind.
One credible source is Michael Scheuer, a 22-year CIA veteran who used to head the Counterterrorist Centers bin Laden unit. Scheuer, who is referred to as Mike in the 9/11 Commission Report, wrote a July 5 op-ed column in The Washington Times. In it, he referred to former terrorism czar Richard Clarke and Clarkes assertion in his book Against All Enemies that the CIA failed to put operatives in Afghanistan to kill bin Laden, relying instead on Afghan locals. Scheuer writes, In spring 1998, I briefed Mr. Clarke and senior CIA, Department of Defense and FBI officers on a plan to kidnap bin Laden. Mr. Clarkes reaction was that it was just a thinly disguised attempt to assassinate bin Laden. I replied that if he wanted bin Laden dead, we could do the job quickly. Mr. Clarkes response was that the president did not want bin Laden assassinated, and that we had no authority to do so.
The planning and plotting by the hijackers was done on Bill Clintons watch and executed eight months into the Bush administration, which refused to heed warning signs that an attack was imminent. A wealth of information and evidence about the laxness of the Clinton administration can be found by Googling Clinton failures to catch terrorists and bin Laden. Some postings are from what might be regarded as right-wing Web sites, but others are from such left-wing sources as The Los Angeles Times.
In a Dec. 5, 2001 op-ed for that newspaper, Mansoor Ijaz, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and chairman of an investment company in New York, wrote, President Clinton and his national security team ignored several opportunities to capture Osama bin Laden and his terrorist associates. I know because I negotiated more than one of the opportunities.
Ijaz says that from 1996 to 1998 he opened unofficial channels between Sudan and the Clinton administration, including National Security Adviser Sandy Berger and Sudans president and national intelligence chief, President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir, who wanted terrorism sanctions against Sudan lifted, offered the arrest and extradition of bin Laden and detailed intelligence data about the global networks constructed by Egypts Islamic Jihad, Irans Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas.
Among those in the networks were the two hijackers who piloted commercial airliners into the World Trade Center. The silence of the Clinton administration in responding to these offers was defeaning.
When considering whether to take Bill Clintons outrage seriously, it is helpful to revisit his notorious finger wagging when he forcefully denied having had sex with Monica Lewinsky. The Web site YouTube.com has juxtaposed the latest finger wagging with the previous one. Viewers can judge for themselves whether Clintons latest claim and blame should be believed anymore than his previous denial of extramarital sex with an intern.
Project Megiddo Fortuneately, the library at the University of Michigan made a copy of the pdf.
DOCUMENTS IN THE NEWS - 1999 Millennium Their links to the FBI didn't work for me. I wonder if it was because the White House had the FBI barking up the wrong tree. The fool obsesssed about conservatives and right wing militias. He ignored Al Qaeda as much as possible.
I choose the latter.
Clinton is a marshmallow...all he can do is sic his wife on his opponents.
Chris missed a big opportunity.
Oh, yes. Christian militias. Abortion clinic bombers. Clinton's FBI did nothing but chase after imaginary conspiracies.
Sure, there have been a few abortion clinic bombings, but they are vanishingly few compared to left wing bombings in this country or Muslim bombings against Americans abroad. And in every case they were the work of individual nut cases.
I remember clinton had half the FBI chasing after that fellow who bombed the Maryland abortion clinic. No doubt it was a serious crime, but there were probably about a hundred worse murderers running loose out there. So why focus on him? Why did this one guy rate hundreds of agents, fleets of helicopters, the takeover of a whole town, and all the rest of that nonsense. Nothing but playing to his base, nothing but political propaganda.
If you want to see Bubba come totally unglued, ask him why he only gave LIP SERVICE when dealing with Saddam?
I would like to see someone with the gall to ask him what the hell he was thinkling when he shoved a cigar into his intern. Damn ,man, thats no ashtray.
next I would like to see someone ask Hillary if he had ever used her as an ashtray.
:) good one....
From an earlier thread:
The true character of lord William the Slick may be determined from two actions: 1-The use of his pen to pardon FALN terrorists. 2-The use of our military to murder the Branch Davidians.
Yes, he was so intent on demonizing the white Christian militia types that I am convinced (as is Jayna Davis and others) he let several actual jihadis walk free after the OKC bombing. Yes, McVeigh was guilty, but he certainly had some middle eastern help--but Clinton only wanted to talk about "right wing talk show hate mongers" and the evils of gun ownership (even though no guns were used to blow up the building). He even got another of his odious anti-gun bills passed on the backs of the dead in OKC.
Hehheh. I sure wish Chris had reached over there and grabbed it and shoved it right up his W.C. Fields snot locker.
Where can I buy me a box of those!!!!!
That finger is definitely AlSO bent!!!
"Ooh, Mr. President -- where's that thing been?"
Gosh! Look at those eyes! Gives me the willies!
Don't forget film pirates.
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