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.