Skip to comments.Shocka of the Day: Did Clinton Lie about Targeting Bin Laden?
Posted on 08/23/2007 10:02:50 AM PDT by STARWISE
Shocka of the Day: Did Clinton Lie about Targeting Bin Laden?
If there is one thing that the Inspector General's report on CIA accountability regarding 9/11 has highlighted, it is the utter failure of the Clinton Administration to come up with a strategic plan to deal with Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda.
Despite all the testimony from Richard Clarke and others - including the President himself - that they agressively went after Bin Laden and the terrorists, it turns out that the IG at the CIA didn't think very much of their efforts. In fact, the report seems to make a liar out of President Clinton, who said in the notorious interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News that:
I worked hard to try to kill him. I authorized a finding for the CIA to kill him. We contracted with people to kill him. I got closer to killing him than anybody has gotten since.
This statement is contradicted by the IG who saw it differently:
But the inspector generals report made it clear that the agency never viewed the order as a license to kill bin Ladenone reason it never mounted more effective operations against him.
The restrictions in the authorities given the CIA with respect to bin Laden, while arguably, although ambiguously, relaxed for a period of time in late 1998 and early 1999, limited the range of permissible operations, the report stated.
(Scheuer agreed with the inspector generals findings on this issue, but said if anything the report was overly diplomatic. There was never any ambiguity, he said. None of those authorities ever allowed us to kill anyone.")
Clinton's elevated opinion of his own efforts to get Bin Laden and deal with al-Qaeda don't stand up to the facts.
What are the chances that the press will pick up on that fact - or any of the implied criticisms of Clinton in the IG report - and run them?
Hat Tip: Ed Lasky and Ed Morrissey
clintoon can’t be trusted on anything.
The inept US foreign policy under Clinton led to 911.
The minute he wagged his finger at Chris Wallace You knew he was lying to get out of being caught by the truth. He did the same finger wag when he was lying about Monica Lewinsky.
Do bears crap in the woods?
Is the Pope Catholic?
easy question to answer: Were his lips moving?
uh...”obligatory”..yeah...that’s the ticket...
There must be a record of this “finding” if it ever, in fact, occurred...
My money is that once again Bubba gets a pass... As do all Dems... Say John, when are you going to sign that SF 180 that you told Tim R you would sign.
Haha did you send that slogan to Carville yet?
Zero, zip, nada, nil!!
I lifted it from another FR poster.
Frogs butt watertight?
No surprise that Clinton would lie so strenously about going after bin Laden - after all, when you’re busy trying to build up your legacy, the last thing you’d want to do is admit to something that would tarnish that carefully constructed image.
who was running for office in Autumn,
She lost on the issues,
The dems Cried in their tissues,
And she had a humongous big bottom.
Clinton is Gaelic for ‘amazingly big liar.’
No one will believe it because the “news” media will fail to report it. However, I would send a contribution to the first GOP presidential contender who uses this as a campaign issue. I would even write the ad for them: “The last time a Democrat was in the White House his administration lied about making an effort to kill OBL. We cannot trust the Democrats with issues of national security.” It just might work.
Can you make a shoe stink?
I wonder if Clinton operatives also stole, destroyed, tampered with and shredded any other documents elsewhere and just weren't caught?
Did the sun come up this morning?
Yes he can.
He can be trusted to lie, he can be trusted to cheat on his wife, he can be trusted to abuse power and he can be trusted to steal.
Which reminds me: was “Path to 911” ever released to video???
He waved his finger. He had to be telling the truth.
Who is Scheuer?
I see a bumper sticker coming!
I recall how infuriated and red in the face Clintoon became when Chris Wallace threw him a couple of hardballs. I believe Wallace was genuinely stunned at the venom.
You know I suppose that all depends on what your definition of "lie" is...
Killing Bin laden should have been easy for Clinton. Just put out one of those Arkancide “contracts” on him. Problem solved.
Why yes! Yes they do.
Heck, even Michelle Obama got the “offer she couldn’t refuse” by backing off the implication about Hillary not being able to run her own house, much less the White House.
“The inept US foreign policy under Clinton led to 911.”
I believe this. If another Clinton is elected; it will happen again.
If he would rather climb a tree to tell a lie than stay on the ground to tell the truth well ...
CLINTON: No, no. I authorized the CIA to get groups together to try to kill him. The CIA, which was run by George Tenet, that President Bush gave the Medal of Freedom to, he said, "He did a good job setting up all these counterterrorism things." The country never had a comprehensive anti-terror operation until I came there.
Now, if you want to criticize me for one thing, you can criticize me for this: After the Cole, I had battle plans drawn to go into Afghanistan, overthrow the Taliban, and launch a full-scale attack search for bin Laden. But we needed basing rights in Uzbekistan, which we got after 9/11.
The CIA and the FBI refused to certify that bin Laden was responsible while I was there. They refused to certify. So that meant I would've had to send a few hundred Special Forces in helicopters and refuel at night. Even the 9/11 Commission didn't do that. Now, the 9/11 Commission was a political document, too. All I'm asking is, anybody who wants to say I didn't do enough, you read Richard Clarke's book.
WALLACE: Do you think you did enough, sir?
CLINTON: No, because I didn't get him.
CLINTON: But at least I tried. That's the difference in me and some, including all the right-wingers who are attacking me now. They ridiculed me for trying. They had eight months to try. They did not try. I tried.
So I tried and failed. When I failed, I left a comprehensive anti-terror strategy and the best guy in the country, Dick Clarke, who got demoted. So you did Fox's bidding on this show. You did your nice little conservative hit job on me. What I want to know is ...
WALLACE: Well, wait a minute, sir.
CLINTON: No, wait. No, no ...
WALLACE: I want to ask a question. You don't think that's a legitimate question?
CLINTON: It was a perfectly legitimate question, but I want to know how many people in the Bush administration you asked this question of. I want to know how many people in the Bush administration you asked, "Why didn't you do anything about the Cole?" I want to know how many you asked, "Why did you fire Dick Clarke?" I want to know how many people you asked ...
WALLACE: We asked we asked ...
CLINTON: I don't ...
WALLACE: Do you ever watch "FOX News Sunday," sir?
CLINTON: I don't believe you asked them that.
WALLACE: We ask plenty of questions of ...
CLINTON: You didn't ask that, did you? Tell the truth, Chris.
WALLACE: About the USS Cole?
CLINTON: Tell the truth, Chris.
WALLACE: With Iraq and Afghanistan, there's plenty of stuff to ask.
CLINTON: Did you ever ask that?
You set this meeting up because you were going to get a lot of criticism from your viewers because Rupert Murdoch's supporting my work on climate change. And you came here under false pretenses and said that you'd spend half the time talking about you said you'd spend half the time talking about what we did out there to raise $7-billion-plus in three days from 215 different commitments. And you don't care.
WALLACE: But, President Clinton, if you look at the questions here, you'll see half the questions are about that. I didn't think this was going to set you off on such a tear.
CLINTON: You launched it it set me off on a tear because you didn't formulate it in an honest way and because you people ask me questions you don't ask the other side.
WALLACE: That's not true. Sir, that is not true.
CLINTON: And Richard Clarke made it clear in his testimony...
WALLACE: Would you like to talk about the Clinton Global Initiative?
CLINTON: No, I want to finish this now. WALLACE: All right. Well, after you.
CLINTON: All I'm saying is, you falsely accused me of giving aid and comfort to bin Laden because of what happened in Somalia. No one knew Al Qaeda existed then. And ...
WALLACE: But did they know in 1996 when he declared war on the U.S.? Did they know in 1998 ...
CLINTON: Absolutely, they did.
WALLACE: ... when he bombed the two embassies?
CLINTON: And who talked about ...
WALLACE: Did they know in 2000 when he hit the Cole?
CLINTON: What did I do? What did I do? I worked hard to try to kill him. I authorized a finding for the CIA to kill him. We contracted with people to kill him. I got closer to killing him than anybody has gotten since. And if I were still president, we'd have more than 20,000 troops there trying to kill him.
Now, I've never criticized President Bush, and I don't think this is useful. But you know we do have a government that thinks Afghanistan is only one-seventh as important as Iraq. And you ask me about terror and Al Qaeda with that sort of dismissive thing? When all you have to do is read Richard Clarke's book to look at what we did in a comprehensive, systematic way to try to protect the country against terror.
And you've got that little smirk on your face and you think you're so clever. But I had responsibility for trying to protect this country. I tried and I failed to get bin Laden. I regret it. But I did try. And I did everything I thought I responsibly could. The entire military was against sending Special Forces in to Afghanistan and refueling by helicopter. And no one thought we could do it otherwise, because we could not get the CIA and the FBI to certify that Al Qaeda was responsible while I was president.
And so, I left office. And yet, I get asked about this all the time. They had three times as much time to deal with it, and nobody ever asks them about it. I think that's strange.
The other poster got it from Mark Levin!
Rush is talking about it right now!
durn, I’m back at work and not listening. oh well.
"Huge carrot, no stick."
Nothing I've seen has ever disabused me of that analysis.
RUSH just said that the NY Times has a piece on the report and also the fact that none of the Press was quoting the NYT...
Rush brought that up yesterday. Apparently not.
Wherever it came from, I’ll be using it in the future.
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