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Clinton aides admit little done to foil terrorism
The Orange County Register ^ | September 23, 2001 | BRIAN MCGRORY and MICHAEL KRANISH The Boston Globe

Posted on 09/23/2001 7:00:48 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Edited on 04/14/2004 10:04:43 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

WASHINGTON The dual bombings ranked as one of the most insidious acts of terrorism ever committed against the United States: two American embassies in Africa decimated, more than 300 dead, and a shadowy prime suspect, Osama bin Laden, bragging that the battle had just begun.


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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 911; 911commission; clintonfailure; clintonfailures; espionagelist; govwatch; sept11; terrorwar; x42
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1 posted on 09/23/2001 7:00:48 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"Responsibilities were given out. Resources were given. Authorities existed. We should have prevented this."

Pass the buck.

Old Harry would not be proud.

2 posted on 09/23/2001 7:14:55 PM PDT by TonyBanks
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Clinton, in an NBC interview last week, said, "We did what we thought we could." He added: "I made it clear that we should take all necessary action to try to apprehend him (bin Laden) and get him. We never had another chance where the intelligence was as reliable to justify military action."

He made it clear, but he didn't make it happen.

His aides also say that the public and its Washington representatives failed to focus on terrorism because there was never a homeland attack to rally public opinion. Said Gorelick: "It's very hard to draw hypotheticals for people."

"Had Clinton scrambled 1,000 airplanes and called the nation's attention to the Africa embassy bombings, I don't think he would have had the support. What if he asked for $40 billion from Congress after the bombings? We couldn't even get enough money to protect the embassies," said Frank Wisner, a former CIA official, undersecretary of defense and ambassador to India during the Clinton administration.

Did they even try? How much persuasion would it have taken had they shown the video of the victims, made it clear that the embassies WERE American soil and put it to us that this continent was an attainable target?

3 posted on 09/23/2001 7:17:07 PM PDT by skr
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To: skr
When you "Wag the Dog," only the appearance of action and strong rhetoric is necessary.
4 posted on 09/23/2001 7:26:02 PM PDT by Angelwood
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To: skr
My cousin Mary worked for the foreign service for 10 years, 5 in Stockholm (where she met her wonderful marine hubby), and 5 years in South Korea. Her friend Barbra still in the foreign service stopped to visit Mary from DC this past week. She was working in the State Department when the planes went into the towers. She said we are next, and sure enough the pentagon got hit. Embassy personell wondered what took so long, they have a very fatalistic view, the embassies are hardly protected at all. When some of her friends called her from various embassies around the world, some said welcome to the war. Sad but true.
5 posted on 09/23/2001 7:26:53 PM PDT by Beeline40@aol.com
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To: skr
"Had Clinton scrambled 1,000 airplanes and called the nation's attention to the Africa embassy bombings, I don't think he would have had the support. What if he asked for $40 billion from Congress after the bombings? We couldn't even get enough money to protect the embassies," said Frank Wisner, a former CIA official, undersecretary of defense and ambassador to India during the Clinton administration.

Is he trying to tell us that "the greatest communicator ever" with Dick Morris at his beck and call and a bunch of pro-Clinton media outlets couldn't convince the American people that it was necessary. No instead we allowed everyone including Hollywood to stuff Clinton down our throats (ooops a Freudian slip). Wag the Dog was not only an insult to our political system and The Presidency but more importantly it was a joke on all us average Joes -- They knew their man and Hollywood laughed at us!

6 posted on 09/23/2001 7:29:55 PM PDT by victim soul
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
We will be paying for decades for the crimes of x42(i)!
7 posted on 09/23/2001 7:36:23 PM PDT by surfer
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To: surfer
I liked Fox News trailer on the screen today, it read:

"The Clinton administration plan to get Bin Laden failed because of lack of intelligence."

I think that says it all.

8 posted on 09/23/2001 7:46:33 PM PDT by GoreNoMore
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
This article doesn't even mention the more serious derelictions of the clinton administration. Clinton let in huge numbers of illegal aliens, many of them with criminal records, for the sole purpose of getting more votes in the 1996 and 1998 elections. At the same time he gutted our military and our security agencies, putting both of them to work on missions that were NOT in the security interests of the United States.

The attack on Yugoslavia was exactly the wrong thing to do, aside from being an obvious war crime.

The intelligence services were instructed to devote most of their resources to phantom enemies such as right-to-lifers and so-called Christian fundamentalists.

Daschle and Lott share the blame, with their egregious decision to let that sack of dung remain in office after being impeached for numerous felonies. "How could two more years hurt?" they asked.

9 posted on 09/23/2001 7:49:37 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Xlinton was too busy selling military secrets, fundraising for the DNC, and dealing with his personal problems.
10 posted on 09/23/2001 7:54:30 PM PDT by Hillary 666
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
As more and more of x42's inaction and complicity in this attack come forward, I keep hearing George Will's prophetic words in my head:

Bill Clinton may not be the worst president we've ever had, but he certainly is the worst man to be president.

11 posted on 09/23/2001 7:54:44 PM PDT by randog
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To: GoreNoMore
Re: Post 8

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

12 posted on 09/23/2001 8:08:07 PM PDT by skr
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Clinton's never once took on a tough problem, he would approach an issue only after he took a poll to see what he should do. A true mark of a loser, When it was time to choose a direction for him to go, he always chose the path of least resisitance. Another thing a true leader would never do.

Clinton's legacy was best described by George Will...."Bill Clinton's term/terms as president is much like a man who after crossing a field covered with snow, he turns and looks back, but there is no footprints"

Another good one from George Will..."Bill Clinton will not go down in history as the worst President we ever had, he will go down in history as the worst PERSON to ever become Prresident"

How true these remarks are!

13 posted on 09/23/2001 8:10:55 PM PDT by MJY1288
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To: GoreNoMore
I liked Fox News trailer on the screen today, it read:

"The Clinton administration plan to get Bin Laden failed because of lack of intelligence."

I think that says it all.

I nearly fell off the couch laughing when I read that last night.

14 posted on 09/23/2001 8:20:47 PM PDT by Mindy11277
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To: Angelwood
You have a talent for stating the main point succinctly -- a talent obviously not shared by everyone!
15 posted on 09/23/2001 8:44:31 PM PDT by cyn (cynic#456,789)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
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16 posted on 09/23/2001 8:46:31 PM PDT by timestax
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
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17 posted on 09/23/2001 8:46:56 PM PDT by timestax
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
FR -- Lincoln Bedroom Sleepover for Gore Benefactor Surrounded by Questionable Coincidences
18 posted on 09/23/2001 10:35:18 PM PDT by toenail
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I heard Dick Morris say that Clinton took a poll and decided that there was not enough support to make the risks involved with going after Bin Laden worth his while. He was afraid that if the effort didn't go well and cost American lives, he would pay a political price.
19 posted on 09/23/2001 10:40:25 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Clinton, in an NBC interview last week, said, "We did what we thought we could." He added: "I made it clear that we should take all necessary action to try to apprehend him (bin Laden) and get him. We never had another chance where the intelligence was as reliable to justify military action."

America's first black president, in full "Tales from the Barbecue" mode.

21 posted on 09/24/2001 12:19:15 AM PDT by Clinton's a rapist
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
How can we forget clinton's "pardon list". It was all there.
22 posted on 09/24/2001 11:10:24 AM PDT by Pipers
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Bin Ladan and his terrorist organization grew like a cancer from 1991 to present. He should have been stopped by the Clintonon administration, this is CLEAR. However, Clintoon worried about his popularity, especially if some troops didn't return from any offensive. It was CLINTOON who was and is to blame.
23 posted on 09/24/2001 11:13:23 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Eva
I heard Dick Morris say that Clinton took a poll and decided that there was not enough support to make the risks involved with going after Bin Laden worth his while. He was afraid that if the effort didn't go well and cost American lives, he would pay a political price.

Exactly.

24 posted on 09/24/2001 11:14:15 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Clinton Legacy = Failure
25 posted on 09/24/2001 11:14:24 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: 1Old Pro
Well, this really surprises me, how about you? / sarcasm.

LORD, what IS what's his face yelling at Ashcroft about now..........can't think of his name!

26 posted on 09/24/2001 11:32:17 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
That is Conyers , from Michigan , many Muslims there and Christian Arabs also!

Barney Frank was hollering too!

27 posted on 09/24/2001 12:34:21 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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28 posted on 09/26/2001 4:06:58 PM PDT by timestax
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29 posted on 09/27/2001 9:38:31 AM PDT by timestax
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To: timestax, Republic, Miss Marple, wphile, backhoe
Bump - please keep bumped today when you can. Blast from the past.
30 posted on 05/17/2002 4:48:36 AM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: Beeline40@aol.com
BUMP
31 posted on 05/17/2002 10:25:07 AM PDT by timestax
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt
bump this !!!!!
32 posted on 05/17/2002 8:47:44 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Angelwood;Espionage_list;gov_watch;TerrOrWar;seamole;;seamole;Lion's Cub;Libertarianize the GOP...
From the past!

here is an example of the usefulness of archiving the full article's in the Free Republic system.

33 posted on 05/17/2002 9:21:42 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Listening to that horrid Hillary person in her usual campaign trail voice speaking in the Senate demanding that President Bush answer questions just made my blood boil!
The arrogance and nerve of this woman just is beyond belief!
But then of course, she knows she will never be forced to answer any questions!
OJ
Rodney King
Bill and Hillary
The untouchables of the crime world.
34 posted on 05/17/2002 9:29:29 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: skr
"Had Clinton scrambled 1,000 airplanes and called the nation's attention to the Africa embassy bombings, I don't think he would have had the support. What if he asked for $40 billion from Congress after the bombings? We couldn't even get enough money to protect the embassies," said Frank Wisner, a former CIA official, undersecretary of defense and ambassador to India during the Clinton administration.

Tell me, was Mr. Wisner one of the ones screaming for Bush's head yesterday?

35 posted on 05/17/2002 9:32:05 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
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36 posted on 05/17/2002 10:09:53 PM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
The Sinkmaster expended his energy in trying to force Israel into an unwise peace settlement so he could win a Nobel Peace Prize. He thought that such would solve the problems in the Middle East and the nation would forget that he was a degenerate rapist who allowed the wholesale transfer of our nuclear crown jewels.

Sinkmaster and the rest of the leftists who love John Lennon and chant "Give peace a chance," have no clue how the world works. The use of power or the fear by our enemies of the use of power is what keeps us safe. Signing a piece of paper with those who are untrustworthy and do not share our values of freedom is naive, foolish, and dangerous.

37 posted on 05/17/2002 10:18:38 PM PDT by doug from upland
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38 posted on 05/19/2002 6:17:49 PM PDT by timestax
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
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39 posted on 04/14/2004 12:42:41 PM PDT by MamaLucci (Libs, want answers on 911? Ask Clinton why he met with Monica more than with his CIA director.)
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To: MamaLucci; backhoe; SierraWasp; Grampa Dave; BOBTHENAILER; blam; Dog Gone; TomGuy; walford; ...
Thanks for retrieving this!
40 posted on 04/14/2004 1:02:57 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
My pleasure.
41 posted on 04/14/2004 1:06:27 PM PDT by MamaLucci (Libs, want answers on 911? Ask Clinton why he met with Monica more than with his CIA director.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"Clearly, not enough was done," said Jamie Gorelick, a former deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration. "We should have caught this. Why this happened, I don't know. Responsibilities were given out. Resources were given. Authorities existed. We should have prevented this."

Newsflash: It happened because you and your fellow leftist travelers were tying the hands of law enforcement while BJ Clinton spent his days in the Oval Office with his pants around his ankles busying himself with interns and cigars.

42 posted on 04/14/2004 1:06:51 PM PDT by Prince Charles
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To: Prince Charles
You got that right, see this:

Procedures for Contacts Procedures for Contacts Between the FBI & CIA Investigations

This is a 1995 Memo from Janet Reno , the Attorney General of the United States.

43 posted on 04/14/2004 1:14:13 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Ties in nicely with the memo from Justice you posted.

44 posted on 04/14/2004 1:15:10 PM PDT by mabelkitty (A tuning, a Vote in the topic package to the starting US presidency election fight)
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To: Angelwood
He's "compartmentalizing", dontcha know?

Remember that little buzzword around the media? How Clinton could handle everything and then just put it away and address something else - and none of these issues ever ran over into one another?

45 posted on 04/14/2004 1:17:41 PM PDT by mabelkitty (A tuning, a Vote in the topic package to the starting US presidency election fight)
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To: Beeline40@aol.com
When some of her friends called her from various embassies around the world, some said welcome to the war. Sad but true.

What a prophetic statement!

46 posted on 04/14/2004 1:21:28 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: GoreNoMore
"The Clinton administration plan to get Bin Laden failed because of lack of intelligence."

Tagline material!

47 posted on 04/14/2004 1:22:56 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: Clinton's a rapist
Review mode today!
48 posted on 04/14/2004 1:24:51 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: mabelkitty
Always good to review history.
49 posted on 04/14/2004 1:26:05 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: doug from upland
Memories.

Follow the links for other good stuff!
50 posted on 04/14/2004 1:55:22 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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