- In May, 1996, American diplomats were informed in a Sudanese government fax that Bin Laden was about to be expelled -- giving Washington another chance to seize him. The decision not to do so went to the very top of the White House, according to former administration sources.
They say that the clear focus of American policy was to discourage the state sponsorship of terrorism. So persuading Khartoum to expel Bin Laden was in itself counted as a clear victory. The administration was "delighted".
Bin Laden took off from Khartoum on May 18 in a chartered C-130 plane with 150 of his followers, including his wives. He was bound for Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. On the way the plane refuelled in the Gulf state of Qatar, which has friendly relations with Washington, but he was allowed to proceed unhindered.
Barely a month later, on June 25, a 5,000lb truck bomb ripped apart the front of Khobar Towers, a US military housing complex in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The explosion killed 19 American servicemen. Bin Laden was immediately suspected...
US missed three chances to seize Bin Laden
- Just look around this chamber. We have members from virtually every racial, ethnic, and religious background. And America is stronger for it. But as we have seen, these differences all too often spark hatred and division, even here at home. . . This is not the American way. We must draw the line. Without delay, we must pass the Hate Crimes Prevention Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. And we should reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
bill clinton, State of Union Speech, January 27, 2000
- "I'm sorry, but the president is one of the crudest men I have ever encountered in government service," says one female agent. "He has no respect for women."
Among the comments clinton made in presence of Secret Service agents:
- . Frequent speculation on the oral sex skills of women
- the president saw or met in receiving lines;
. References to the size of a woman's breasts, legs or figure;
. Sexual jokes.
After the Monica Lewinsky story broke, however, clinton toned down his rhetoric and behavior in front of his Secret Service agents, but those who guarded the president say enough of them saw and heard things which could be damaging to clinton.
- "It depends on who Ken Starr calls," says one ex-agent. "The people who are on the job today are not necessarily the ones who know the most."
Turnover In clinton's Secret Service Detail 'Highest That Anyone Can Remember'
- In the months that follow, reporters drop the issue. Feminists say little or nothing. Rape crisis center workers acknowledge that Broaddrick's case, including her reluctance to come forward, is typical of victims of sexual assault. But they decline to speak against clinton. Some cite the federal funding they receive as a result of the Violence Against Women Act, which was signed into law by clinton.
Why does the press continue to ignore the Juanita Broaddrick story?
- The Placebo President:
- How a Rapist can be a Policy Feminist
- placebo effect n.
- A beneficial effect in a patient following a particular treatment
- that arises from the patient's expectations concerning
- the treatment rather than from the treatment itself.
- Every woman adores a Fascist,
- The boot in the face, the brute
- Brute heart of a brute like you.
- ----Sylvia Plath
- The placebo effect immediately came to mind
- as I listened to Shelby Steele,
- a research fellow at the Hoover Institution,
- debunk the following pernicious spin intended to save clinton.
- To wit:
- A proven felon and utter reprobate can remain president;
- clinton can be a failed human being but a good president.
- The error in these statements arises, says Steele,
- from the belief that
- virtuousness is separate from personal responsibility
- so that one's virtuousness as an individual is determined by
- one's political positions on issues rather than on
- whether or not in one's personal life there is a
- consistency and a responsibility.
- Steele's contention is that this compartmentalization,
- rather than being the amazing advantage
- the clintons would have us believe,
- in fact, spills toxicity into, corrupts, the culture.
- If mere identification with good policies is what makes one virtuous
- then those policies become, what Steele calls, iconographic,
- that is to say they just represent virtuousness.
- They don't necessarily do virtuous things.
- If clinton's semantic parsing strips meaning from our words,
- clinton's iconographic policies strip meaning from our society,
- systematically deconstructing our society as a democracy. . .
- I would take Shelby Steele's thesis one step further.
- I maintain that iconographic policy functions like a placebo,
- producing a real, physiological and social effects.
- The placebo effect is, after all, the brain's triumph over reality.
- Expectation alone can produce powerful physiological results.
- The placebo effect was, at one time, an evolutionary advantage:
- act now, think later
- bill clinton is the paradigmatic Placebo President.
- Placebo is Latin for "I shall please."
- And please he does
- doling out sham treatments, iconographs, with abandon.
- To please, to placate, to numb, to deflect.
- Ultimately to showcase his imagined virtue.
- Or to confute his genuine vice.
- clinton will dispense sugar pills (or bombs)
- at the drop of a high-heeled shoe...
- or at the hint of high treason...
- clinton's charlatanry mimics that of primitive medicine.
- Through the 1940s, doctors had little effective medicine to offer
- so they deliberately attempted to induce the placebo response.
- The efficaciousness of today's medicines
- does not diminish the power of the placebo.
- A recent review of placebo-controlled studies
- found that placebos and genuine treatments
- are often equally effective.
- If you expect to get better, you will.
- Which brings me back to the original question:
- Can clinton be a failed human being but a good president?
- Clearly he cannot.
- These two propositions are mutually exclusive.
- clinton's fundamental failure is a complete lack of integrity.
- He has violated his covenant with the American people.
- Because clinton has destroyed his moral authority as a leader,
- he can no longer function even as a quack;
- the placebo effect is gone.
- And so the Placebo President must now go, too.