Wednesday, March 17, 2004

NBC: Clinton Ordered bin Laden Spared

Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on AmericaI'm still waiting for Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, James Carville, John Kerry or any of the other members of the left who have an explanation for this stunning report from NBC. And I'm taking odds on when we'll hear from the shrill and un-funny Al Franken on this topic. The current betting line says never.

A secret CIA videotape shows that the Clinton administration had pinpointed the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden a year before the 9/11 attacks, but declined to kill him because of White House orders that he should be taken alive... The video, obtained and broadcast by NBC News, "illustrates an enormous opportunity the Clinton administration had to kill or capture bin Laden," the network reported Tuesday...

...Though President Clinton has boasted repeatedly that he issued orders to kill bin Laden, no action was taken when the White House finally got its chance... ...Gary Schroen, a former CIA station chief in Pakistan, told NBC that the White House had in fact ordered the CIA to do just the opposite - take bin Laden alive or not at all.

The directive effectively killed the plan and, along with it, the U.S.'s best chance to prevent the 9/11 attacks.

Clinton ordered bin Laden spared

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