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Posted on 09/29/2006 11:24:43 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
If you think former President Bill Clinton has been in a sour mood, what with all the finger-pointing of late surrounding his administration's reaction (or lack thereof) to global terrorism, wait until he sees three television ads that will start airing in the coming days. The group Move America Forward, based in Sacramento, Calif., says it's had enough of Mr. Clinton Continues...
Bill Clinton: At least I tried and I failed
The truth is, I tried to make this essay about the leaked N.I.E. report, but I failed. Do I think I did enough? No, because I failed. But at least I tried.
The sad thing is that Clinton tried and tried and tried during his eight years to keep his pants on and failed. "But at least I tried . . . I tried and I failed . . . I regret it. But I did try. And I did everything I thought I responsibly could." But I failed. So, Ken Starr got away.
As FNC reports, last week Clinton hosted the second of the humbly titled Clinton Global Initiative Forum in New York, where big bucks were "pledged to tackle some of the worst problems in developing countries, such as poverty, disease," climate change and deranged leaders who think Bush is the Devil causing the poverty, disease and climate change. "As part of the conference," Clinton blew up on Fox News Sunday. Why the disproportionate response? The whole issue of 9/11 is a touchy subject for Clinton. Easy to see why. Most of the planning took place on his watch. In fact, as ABC's docudrama shows, it took years and years for 9/11 to get planned, prepared and organized by Karl Rove and Dick Cheney. Oops, hold on. I guess the "9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB!!!!!!!!" meme wasn't getting traction because Democrats are back to 9/11 as an al-Qaeda solo gig, with little if any involvement by the White House. Rove's too busy causing tsunamis, hurricanes, etc.
Clinton told Chris Wallace that America "never had a comprehensive anti-terror operation until I came there," and failed. According to media libbies, the N.I.E. report proves America is less safe today than we were on 9/11. And under Bill Clinton. Now Muslims really don't like us anymore. They want to blow themselves up because of Iraq. So, invading Iraq was a mistake because, as you can see from the London bombing, the Madrid bombing, etc., Iraq is a 'Cause Celebre' for terrorists and isn't part of the War on Terror. Always a mistake to invade a Muslim country -- stirs Muslim resentment. When attacked by Muslims, find a Christian country to invade, like Afghanistan. Pausing during Ramadan, of course. If we weren't in Iraq, al-Qaeda would be playing tennis.
Here's the blissful world during the decade before Bush invaded Iraq:
-- In February, 1993, on Clinton's watch, the World Trade Center is bombed for the first time. (Must've been Phase I of the Bush/Cheney "Inside Job.") More than a thousand people are injured and 6 people are killed in the bombing. The truck bomb leaves a crater six stories deep. In response, Clinton goes after the White House Travel Office and the Branch Davidians in Waco.
-- Two months later, Iraq's intelligence service tried to assassinate Bush (41) while he was visiting Kuwait, but the Iraqis were nabbed at the scene just in time by Kuwaiti security forces. Two months later, in June, Clinton retaliates by launching a missile attack against the night janitor in an otherwise empty building in order to pry Travelgate off the front pages.
-- Four months later, in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu, al-Qaeda terrorists ambush American forces, who were there on a humanitarian mission. Eighty Americans were injured, 18 were killed. The terrorists dragged the body of one U.S. soldier through the streets of Mogadishu. Clinton retaliates by bugging out, then launching an assault on Kathleen Willey.
-- In 1995, a U.S. military facility in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, gets bombed, killing 5 Americans. But, to be fair, Clinton tried to preempt this attack many months earlier by rounding up 1,000 FBI files on Republicans and invading Haiti.
-- In early 1996, Sudan, wanting terrorism sanctions removed, offered the Clinton administration Osama's arrest and extradition, and loads of jihadi intel about global networks. Citing insufficient evidence against Osama, the terror-hunter refuses Sudan's offer -- though, a few years later, Clinton did capture and bring to justice Sudan's aspirin factory.
(A leaked N.I.E. report at the time warned that nabbing aspirin factories only emboldens aspirin factories everywhere. You end up with more aspirin factories, deeply resentful.)
-- A few months later, the Marine barracks in Saudi Arabia's Khobar Towers get bombed, killing 19 U.S. service personnel. Months later, Clinton took vigorous action in the Oval Office with Monica Lewinsky.
-- In February, 1998, Osama bin Laden decides we just can't get along, so he issues a Fatwa against all Americans, saying "the ruling to kill Americans and their allies -- civilian and military -- is an individual duty for every Muslim . . ." Osama cited the "continuing American aggression against the Iraqi people" as among the reasons all Americans should die. Just one month later, Clinton responds by going to Uganda to apologize for slavery. (In fairness, DOJ did indict Osama that November for his Fatwa -- though Clinton stopped short of deploying the ultimate weapon against Osama: A restraining order.)
-- In August, 1998, al-Qaeda blows up American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing more than 200 people. Clinton finally decides to get tough -- ordering cruise missile attacks against high-value targets in Afghanistan, consisting of a few empty tents. And that aspirin factory in Sudan. Anyway, feeling that the embassy attacks were not fully avenged, Clinton invades Kosovo and Serbia.
-- in October, 2000, al-Qaeda blows a hole into the USS Cole in Yemen, killing 17 U.S. sailors, injuring 33. Clinton to Chris Wallace: "I want to know how many people in the Bush administration you asked, 'Why didn't you do anything about the Cole'" that happened on my watch? Clinton says his hands were tied because the CIA and FBI couldn't "certify that bin Laden was responsible," rather than, say, alien beings from Pluto.
-- On September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda destroys the World Trade Center and the western wall of the Pentagon. Hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashes in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after a passenger revolt. Almost 3,000 Americans are killed. We were so much safer back then.
Right after 9/11, President George W. Bush responds by putting America on offense, taking down the Taliban and later, Saddam Hussein. Bush's "failed policy" has led to no terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. The jihadi boys are too busy in Iraq and Afghanistan trying to keep the Great Satan from winning, which keeps them from doing any bombs-for-virgins tricks here. Better that they blow themselves up there than here. If you're al-Qaeda and the worldwide Caliphate is your bag, it's the reverse -- 'better to blow yourself up in Manhattan than here in Baghdad.' Bush's blundering "mistakes" have kept al-Qaeda from going on offense and attacking we U.S. infidels where we live and breed and work.
The jihadi boys are trying to get America to cry Uncle Allah in Iraq and Afghanistan for that reason, else no worldwide Caliphate. Clinton never understood this -- that you don't win wars against al-Qaeda by hiring more nurses and checking containers. If it's war, you go on offense and treat it as war. Given a choice between a president who'll file an indictment, versus a President who'll drop a 500-pound greeting on al-Qaeda, voters go for the warmonger over the courtmonger every time. That's why, if you're a Democrat, it'll be back to the drawing board in about 6 weeks.
My Two Cents...
From your keyboard to the election results, good John. W's barnstorming and methinks Rove and Mehlman are not sitting idle. Have a safe and blessed weekend....
How about the bombing of Belgrade and aiding the EU in establishing a Islamist Fascist Kosovo? How can you be trying to catch Bin Laden, when you're aiding in transferreing some of his fighters from Afgahnistan to Bosnia, and arming and training them?
As I recall the single biggest issue for Clinton was the Balkans. Everyone ignores that. It mystifies me.
"At least I tried, and I failed" - Halfhearted attempts and Maddie tipoffs to Pakaisani intel don't count.
Another keeper, John!
Great job my man!!
Be Ever Vigilant!
Thank you so very much for the particularly excellent wrap-up!
Excellent as always.
What a wonderful essay!
Thank you so very much for posting it.
You nailed bubba, and the 'rats, to the
wall with this one, and you did it with
your wonderful sense of humor, and your
fantastic way with words.
Thank you for the ping!
As always, it's good to see you. ;o)
G-d and I love you, bless you and thank you, Hermano.
Blessings - Brian
JH2--excellent essay. It needs a wider audience. My hope is that you can get it published in various papers or blogs.
Thx Brian :)
A virtual kill of bin Laden seems apt. One should never expect more of bill clinton. And there is a certain symmetry, a perfect parry for clinton's 'virtual obsession.' (READ MORE)
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Great, spot on commentary as usual. The title says it all...then you add even more. :-)
"No. Try not. Do...or do not. There is no try."
Clinton says he tried and failed? Maybe he will now claim a misquote? Bottom line is he admitted he FAILED. He failed in more ways than he will ever know!!!!!!!