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Hillary: Don't Blame Bill's Sexcapades for Bin Laden's Escape
NewsMax.com, Meet the Press ^ | Dec. 9, 2001 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 12/09/2001 8:34:03 AM PST by Carl/NewsMax

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton said Sunday that it's unfair to blame her husband's affair with Monica Lewinsky and the resulting impeachment for his administration's failure to pursue Osama bin Laden aggressively enough during the 1990's.

"I don't think it's fair. I don't think it's an accurate rendering of what did happen," Clinton told NBC's "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert.

"I don't know all the details," Clinton explained. "But what has already been reported in many other sources demonstrates clearly - and I know from personal experience - how absolutely focused the president was on this and the kind of action that was taken."

Russert had asked Clinton about a recent report in USA Today, from which he quoted:

"Even Clinton's defenders acknowledge that for much of his tenure fighting terrorism wasn't his highest priority..... In his second term when bin Laden emerged as a mastermind of plots against Americans, Clinton seemed enmeshed in the Monica Lewinsky scandal and impeachment."

Mrs. Clinton's reference to her intimate knowledge of "the kind of action that was taken" appears to be an allusion to her husband's Aug. 20, 1998 decision to launch a cruise missile attack on a suspected bin Laden terrorist encampment in Afghanistan.

But White House aides told the Boston Globe two months ago that President Clinton's attention was at best divided as he tried to cope with the bin Laden threat, with the cruise missile strikes coming just three days after he informed the nation as well as his wife that he had lied about his affair with Lewinsky.

Part of the "personal experience" Mrs. Clinton alluded to in her comments to Russert reportedly included berating her husband for his promiscuity, with one account saying she screamed loud enough to be overheard, "You stupid f - - - ing moron. How could you risk your presidency for this?"

Just two weeks after the 9/11 attacks, former White House political guru Dick Morris told NewsMax.com that Clinton was so distracted by his affair with the 23-year-old intern that he became "risk-averse" when it came to dealing with the terrorist threat.

"My sense is that the affair made him passive and risk-averse," the former top aide said. "As a result I think he was reluctant to interfere with the military or to order long term involvement."

But in her comments to Russert Mrs. Clinton tried to shift the blame to Congress.

"Let's remember, we didn't even have support in the Congress for the money laundering that we finally got after Sept. 11. We didn't have support for a lot of the intelligence sharing that we thought we needed. You know, we tripled the budget but it wasn't always focused the way it should have been."

Repeatedly employing the term "we" to describe the White House decision making process, Mrs. Clinton further explained:

"You know, I think the biggest difference, Tim, is that, you know, we could launch a cruise missile and tell the Pakistanis that it was on its way to try to get bin Laden - and missed him by, you know, a few hours apparently. But we didn't have the kind of cooperation (we needed)."

Russert did not press the New York Senator on widespread reports that her husband's administration declined to accept an offer from the Sudanese government to extradite bin Laden to the U.S. in 1996.

Neither was she asked about recent criticism from Afghanistan's leading feminist, Gen. Suhaila Siddiq, who chided Clinton for her comments on liberating the country's female population from Taliban chauvinism.

"She cannot defend her own rights against her husband. How can she defend the rights of my country?" Siddiq told the London Times last week.


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1 posted on 12/09/2001 8:34:03 AM PST by Carl/NewsMax (limbacher@newsmax.com)
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To: Carl/NewsMax
At least the question is being asked. It will be asked again when the Vanity Fair issue hits the stand. BTW, where is Sandy Berger--he's got some 'splainin' to do as well....
3 posted on 12/09/2001 8:42:27 AM PST by eureka!
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To: Carl/NewsMax
"I don't know all the details," Clinton explained.

Amazing how The Smartest Woman In America has these occasional information lapses.

Isn't that con-V-E-E-E-E-nient!

4 posted on 12/09/2001 8:46:22 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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"Let's remember, we didn't even have support in the Congress for the money laundering that we finally got after Sept. 11.

Hillary ought to know about money laundering. She and her husband are the experts on payoffs and covering up money trails.

5 posted on 12/09/2001 8:47:14 AM PST by Hillary 666
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Just more of hillary rewriting history for the largest possible audience.
6 posted on 12/09/2001 8:47:56 AM PST by texasbluebell
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To: Carl/NewsMax
"She cannot defend her own rights against her husband. How can she defend the rights of my country?" Siddiq told the London Times last week.

D'oh!

7 posted on 12/09/2001 8:48:28 AM PST by Hillary 666
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To: Carl/NewsMax
The junior senator from New York, commenting on her husband's fixation for then-White House intern, one Monica Lewinsky: "I know from personal experience - how absolutely focused the president was on this and the kind of action that was taken."
8 posted on 12/09/2001 8:48:41 AM PST by Asclepius
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Part of the "personal experience" Mrs. Clinton alluded to in her comments to Russert reportedly included berating her husband for his promiscuity, with one account saying she screamed loud enough to be overheard, "You stupid f - - - ing moron. How could you risk your presidency for this?" What an insightful view into the true workings of an incredibly shallow person. Never, "How could you do this to me, our daughter, much less to the country or office of the presidency." No it boils down to how could you jeopardize our power and perhaps my eventual ascension to first female president. I find it amazing that she would even discuss this issue in public forum. Another PR blunder for her camp. I can only hope that people who vote in NY will use this see into the mind of personal greed.
9 posted on 12/09/2001 8:51:14 AM PST by Borntowade
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To: Carl/NewsMax
It is interesting how Hillary "borrows" from Laura Bush's description of her husband by using the term. . ."focused". . .to describe Clinton.
10 posted on 12/09/2001 8:53:07 AM PST by beethoven
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Fine, I'll just blame Billsh*ts greedy ME attitude instead.
11 posted on 12/09/2001 8:55:54 AM PST by Libertina
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To: Carl/NewsMax
I noticed one thing about her today. Russert read a quote where she said (paraphrasing)
" ...we did what we could, but we didn't take the most aggressive steps we could have..."

In her response to his, she answered (paraphrasing)
"...they were very focused on this and they worked very hard at it..."

Hillary! is distancing herself from clinton administration policy.

12 posted on 12/09/2001 8:55:55 AM PST by copycat
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To: Carl/NewsMax
The non-reaction of all members of the administration to the grounds for impeachment revealed that none of them merited their positions. Or that, from x42's selfish point of view, they all did.
13 posted on 12/09/2001 8:56:00 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion
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To: Carl/NewsMax
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton said Sunday that it's unfair to blame her husband's affair with Monica Lewinsky and the resulting impeachment for his administration's failure to pursue Osama bin Laden aggressively enough during the 1990's.

Nope, honeybunch, we ain't gonna blame your husband's affair, we should be blaming you. Because, you were calling all the shots. You were CO-PRESIDENT. No decision was made without your knowledge, input or final say.

Yeah, lets not blame Bill, let's place the blame squarely where it belongs, in your friggin' lap.

14 posted on 12/09/2001 8:56:53 AM PST by Slyfox
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To: Carl/NewsMax
"My sense is that the affair made him passive and risk-averse," the former top aide said. "As a result I think he was reluctant to interfere with the military or to order long term involvement."

These terrorists observed America in a weakened state and moved in. The big bad bully on the block doesnt go after the big strong kid but the little weakened one who he knows he can defeat.

16 posted on 12/09/2001 8:59:12 AM PST by Lady GOP
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Mrs. Clinton tried to shift the blame to Congress.

"Let's remember, we didn't even have support in the Congress for the money laundering that we finally got after Sept. 11. We didn't have support for a lot of the intelligence sharing that we thought we needed. You know, we tripled the budget but it wasn't always focused the way it should have been."

Yes, triple the budget but don't have focused, sensible plans for using it wisely (that's the M.O. of the dems.); blame others for your failures (another favorite dem M.O.); and rewrite history (yet another). I believe the Klintoon administration had great support: the Senate would not vote (both Dems and Republicans) to remove Klintoon from office after he was impeached.

17 posted on 12/09/2001 8:59:58 AM PST by nicmarlo
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To: Carl/NewsMax
"...and I know from personal experience - how absolutely focused the president was..." on having his sexual predilections met...
18 posted on 12/09/2001 9:00:32 AM PST by Godfollow
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Bill and Hillary gave Osama a big head start and then tried to chase him with Bill's pants around his ankles. No way they ever intended to catch him.
19 posted on 12/09/2001 9:01:13 AM PST by Doctor Raoul
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To: Carl/NewsMax
You forgot the barf alert.
20 posted on 12/09/2001 9:02:23 AM PST by pankot
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To: Rev.Ron
and in other news..CLICK
Carrier to be named for former President Clinton>sarcasm<
22 posted on 12/09/2001 9:04:50 AM PST by newsperson999
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Oh, I don't blame Bubba's sexcapades for OBL's escape, either. At least, not the way Hilliary is talking about.

I don't think it was ever about distraction. I think it was about blackmail. And I think it was about blackmail long before Monica ever thought about snapping her thong at Bubba. After all, it wasn't as if the Portly Pepperpot was the first skeleton in the Toons' capacious closet...

23 posted on 12/09/2001 9:06:04 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: Doctor Raoul
How true.

LOL, grate comment Doc.

24 posted on 12/09/2001 9:08:34 AM PST by Syncro
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Neither was she asked about recent criticism from Afghanistan's leading feminist, Gen. Suhaila Siddiq, who chided Clinton for her comments on liberating the country's female population from Taliban chauvinism. "She cannot defend her own rights against her husband. How can she defend the rights of my country?" Siddiq told the London Times last week

THis is one perceptive Afghani.

25 posted on 12/09/2001 9:08:36 AM PST by lawgirl
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To: Carl/NewsMax
TWO WORDS, SENATOR CLINTON... FALN and PARDONS. SHUT UP YOU WHORE FOR TERRORISTS!
26 posted on 12/09/2001 9:08:55 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"I don't think it's fair. I don't think it's an accurate rendering of what did happen," Clinton told NBC's "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert.

Russert let the Hill off big time on this one. She should explain why the President didn't meet with the CIA head for 2 years.

"I don't know all the details," Clinton explained.

Typical Clinton wordsmithing. No one knows "all the details". She should not be let off the hook one this. She has had ample opportunity to study "all the details". Russert gave her a soft ball interview.

27 posted on 12/09/2001 9:09:18 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: The_Media_never_lie
Russert gave her a soft ball interview.

When hasn't he given a liberal dem. a soft ball interview? When hasn't Matt Liar or Katie Kuric? Ted Koppel? But, "they're not biased to the left." gag

28 posted on 12/09/2001 9:13:02 AM PST by nicmarlo
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To: The_Media_never_lie
And if Booba doesn't know all the details, where the heck does she get off using the royal we?
29 posted on 12/09/2001 9:13:46 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Translation?: I'm still NOT running for President in 2004! (wink!). . .
30 posted on 12/09/2001 9:15:35 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: lawgirl
Click HERE for a great analysis of the differences between Siddiq and Hilliary.
31 posted on 12/09/2001 9:16:56 AM PST by Syncro
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To: texasbluebell
Just more of hillary rewriting history for the largest possible audience.

Hillary has a lot of audacity, and it got her the Senator of NY job, I just hope she can be prevented from reaching higher.

32 posted on 12/09/2001 9:18:15 AM PST by FITZ
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To: Carl/NewsMax
we did not even have support in the congress for the money laundering...

hillary is self delusional. her husband may not have directly screwed up national security to take the nation's mind off of his sex scandal, but the fact remains that he could not put the energy into the job that ws required because of his focus on his personal problems. the fact that he did not have support, and in fact did very little to muster any support, is proof positive of this argument.

character counts. people do not trust a liar.

33 posted on 12/09/2001 9:18:30 AM PST by mlocher
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To: Hillary 666
LOL you have that right about the money laundering.
34 posted on 12/09/2001 9:19:29 AM PST by nancetc
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To: Carl/NewsMax
"I don't know all the details, Clinton explained..."

LOL -- Does she EVER??

35 posted on 12/09/2001 9:21:46 AM PST by F16Fighter
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Well she said it and blames him herself. Her arguments is a vitriol and an insult to people. Note how she tells us how to think, not what she thinks. She is not making an argument and disbelieving that Bill should be blamed, she is saying we should not think that way - understated even if it is true. She is the incarnation of unrepenting liberal dictatorial evil that orders how to think.
36 posted on 12/09/2001 9:23:03 AM PST by lavaroise
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To: Carl/NewsMax
more like....

"You stupid f - - - ing moron. How could you risk "MY" presidency for this?"

37 posted on 12/09/2001 9:37:32 AM PST by RckyRaCoCo
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To: Carl/NewsMax
"But what has already been reported in many other sources demonstrates clearly - and I know from personal experience - how absolutely focused the president was on this and the kind of action that was taken."

Mmm-hmm.......I guess it depends on what the meaning of "this" is.....

38 posted on 12/09/2001 9:41:24 AM PST by Texas Eagle
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Here is a snap of me and my pals upon reading this post.


39 posted on 12/09/2001 9:48:51 AM PST by jws3sticks
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To: mewzilla
Non-existent INS policies and rampant illegal immigration to help Algor steal the election let a lot of criminal aliens including terrorists into the country from the north and the south.

Nobody knew what they were doing in x-42's administration as far as running govt. They did however, bring with them to their lofty positions experience in lying, cheating and stealing. They stole millions of our tax dollars and cooked the books to well done. Dept. after Dept.

40 posted on 12/09/2001 10:10:06 AM PST by floriduh voter
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Don't Blame Bill's Sexcapades for Bin Laden's Escape..Why not, I'd escape too.
41 posted on 12/09/2001 10:46:37 AM PST by exmoor
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To: jws3sticks
Here is a snap of me and my pals upon reading this post.

And I thought it was Bill, Hill, and Al: 3 braying donkeys dressed for Leavenworth.

42 posted on 12/09/2001 10:52:27 AM PST by JohnBovenmyer
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To: Carl/NewsMax
People called Bill Clinton the empty suit, but Hillary is beyond empty.
She has an empty soul. And this souless bitch is rotten to the core.

Every time she opens her big fat mouth it's to lie and blame others for the troubles her lies have caused.
Why is it so many democRATS are blind to this pure evil?

43 posted on 12/09/2001 11:30:39 AM PST by Bullish
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The legacy grows...

http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a554805.htm

Topic: White Water
Osama bin Laden quote on Clinton on MSNBC


8/25 Vanity


MSNBC talking head John Gibson quotes Osama bin Laden on Bill Clinton:

"What he did with Monica Lewinsky was shameful. In Afghanistan, he would be stoned."


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

With three seconds thought process, the most obvious joke is evident; Will defer to the first one in here with it,
who wins the door prize...

Posted by: Swanks () *
08/25/98 19:27:38 EDT

CLINTON AIDES NOW CHALLENGE BOMBING OF SUDAN PHARMACEUTICAL PLANT

News/Current Events News Keywords: SUDAN, BOMBING
Source: DRUDGE
Published: 10-26-99 Author: Matt Drudge
Posted on 10/26/1999 19:39:47 PDT by
Lonely Dem

For Educational and Discussion purposes only.

XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1999 16:25:44 ET XXXXX

CLINTON AIDES NOW CHALLENGE BOMBING OF SUDAN PHARMACEUTICAL PLANT

Key participants" behind the Clinton Administration's decision to bomb the factory on Aug. 20, 1998 are now publicly questioning the decision, the NEW YORK TIMES is reporting in an exclusive set for Wednesday."

http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a381665f3126d.htm

44 posted on 12/09/2001 11:59:38 AM PST by mrsmith
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Oh, barf! Throughout 1998-99, the Sink Emperor deflected every question about his felonious behavior by scolding the questioners, saying that he "had to get back to doing the business of the American people."

Unfortunately, he took that to mean hopping on planes to DNC fundraisers all over the country, not protecting and defending the nation.

Through a rather putrid combination of cowardice, negligence and overall incompetence, I think he has finally secured his legacy - and it's not pretty.

I used to think that his everlasting legacy would be impeachment, perjury, cigars and sex crimes. But I now know it's far worse than that:

1) He was too selfish to spend any precious political capital on something that was crucial to our national security, but didn't necessarily test well with polls and focus groups.

2) He was too cowardly to do something that might shave points off his precious f-ing poll numbers and face criticism that couldn't be dismissed by chastising questioners for delving into his "private life."

3) He surrounded himself with incompetents, blame-America-first kooks, mental lightweights and general kooks. Read the Vanity Fair article on how the Clinton State Department kept refusing to even look at the intelligence info that the Sudanes government was offering. Yes, I understand why they may have not wanted to take it at face value, but there was no harm in looking at it -- other than the fact that it flew in the face of their vaunted wisdom. The same "wisdom" and crackerjack intelligence that compelled us to bomb the snot out of an aspirin factory that was supposedly owned by bin laden and manufacturing nerve gas. Of course, neither was true.

So, more than 3,000 people were brutally murdered one morning because he couldn't keep his pants up, couldn't/wouldn't "do the work of the American people" as he was elected and expected to do, and staffed his Cabinet with bozos who systematically dismantled our intelligence operations.

He failed us miserably, and I will make sure that the public never forgets his culpability in this. This is personal for me, as I was in mortal danger that morning, thanks to a values-free cretin who cared more about keeping up the facade of "eight years of peace and prosperity" by heavily mortgaging the future.

45 posted on 12/09/2001 6:27:50 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Amazing how The Smartest Woman In America has these occasional information lapses.

While we were watching her this morning, it was quite scary to think that this sow thinks she's smarter than the rest of us and should therefore micromanage all our lives -- and wallets.

46 posted on 12/09/2001 6:30:29 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March
TWO WORDS, SENATOR CLINTON... FALN and PARDONS. SHUT UP YOU WHORE FOR TERRORISTS!

Two more words: Suha Arafart.

47 posted on 12/09/2001 6:34:11 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick
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To: Bullish
And this souless bitch is rotten to the core.

So's the crusty black pantsuit.

48 posted on 12/09/2001 6:36:41 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick
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To: JohnBovenmyer
John, Certainly works for me. LOL.
49 posted on 12/09/2001 6:58:22 PM PST by jws3sticks
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To: Carl/NewsMax
That woman hasn't a shred of self-respect.
50 posted on 12/09/2001 7:00:36 PM PST by GussiedUp
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