Bill Clinton explodes, 'right-wing' media to blameIf you missed Fox News Sunday's interview with Bill Clinton, then you avoided a political tsunami of extraordinary proportions. When Wallace asked a straightforward question, Clinton launched into a finger-pointing, eye-bulging tirade not seen since his fabricated denial of sexual relations with that woman.
|WALLACE: When we announced that you were going to be on Fox News Sunday, I got a lot of e-mail from viewers, and I've got to say, I was surprised. Most of them wanted me to ask you this question. 'Why didn't you do more to put bin Laden and Al-Qaeda out of business when you were president?' |
CLINTON: I'm being asked this on the Fox network.
Yes, Bill, it's just that simple: the vast right-wing conspiracy -- a diabolical cabal of neocons, anti-Communists, and other lizardoid minions -- has struck again... by asking a question.
NewsMax summarized the interview this way:
|Asked why he had not done more to put al-Qaeda and bin Laden "out of business," the former President launched into a finger-jabbing riposte. "I got closer to killing him than anybody’s gotten since," he said.|
Closer - without actually making a decision to try. Doesn't that sound eerily similar to almost having relations with that woman? He almost gave it the old college try, but he couldn't quite pull the trigger by actually making a decision.
On the CBS Early Show, former CIA Analyst Michael Scheuer -- no fan of the Bush administration -- commented:
|HARRY SMITH: President Clinton basically laid the blame at the feet of the CIA and the FBI for not being able to certify or verify that bin Laden was responsible for a number of different attacks. Does that ring true with you, Michael Scheuer?|
SCHEUER: No, sir, I don't think so. Former president seems to be able to deny facts with impunity. Bin Laden is alive today because Mr. Clinton, Mr. Sandy Berger and Mr. Richard Clarke refused to kill him. That's the bottom line. And every time he says what he said to Chris Wallace on Fox, he defames the CIA especially, and the men who risked their lives to give his administration repeated chances to kill bin Laden.
HARRY SMITH: Is the Bush administration any less responsible for not finishing the job in Tora Bora?
SCHEUER: There's plenty of blame to go around, sir, but the fact of the matter is the Bush administration had one chance that they botched, and the Clinton administration had eight to ten chances that they refused to try...
Not only that, Clinton created the ultimate public relations victory for Usama Bin Laden by withdrawing troops from Mogadishu, Somalia after under-equipping them for victory.
Jon Miller's subsequent interview with Bin Laden on ABC summarized it perfectly. The behavior of the Clinton administration in Mogadishu inspired, motivated and taught UBL how Al Qaeda needed to operate. The lesson UBL learned: Americans can't sustain casualties and therefore can't achieve any military victory if they are forced to pay in blood.
And the fact remains that the Democrats have laid out the same, Mogadishu plan of cut-and-run in Iraq. Iraq will become Somalia squared if Democrats are permitted to implement their game-plan of appeasement and surrender to terrorists.
Murtha, Pelosi, Dean, Kerry, Schumer -- basically the entire power-base of the Democratic Party -- wants to cut-and-run from Iraq, which will lead to problems an order of magnitude worse than Somalia.
Oven-fresh good readin', just like Mama used to make:
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