Monday, July 12, 2004
DON'T BLAME ME, BLAME MY STAFF: BILL CLINTON SAYS HE DIDN'T GO AFTER BIN LADEN BECAUSE HE DIDN'T HAVE A 'VIGOROUS MILITARY DEBATE'
Clinton also lies about why he didn't react to the USS Cole bombing - The Galvin Opinion shows that Clinton had strong evidence of bin Laden's complicity before he left office
According to Bill Clinton, the buck didn't stop with him when he was President
Bill Clinton gave an interview to CNN's Christiane Amanpour to defend his failed and short-sighted policies when it came to dealing with Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda, Iraq, Saddam Hussein, and terrorism in general.
Amanpour's husband, James Rubin (according to his website), served under President Clinton as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs from 1997 to May 2000. Therefore, Amanpour's interview calls into question her journalistic integrity. Interviewing her husband's boss, the one who made her husband a household name, does not smack of objectivity. Her softball and open-ended questions allow Clinton to revise history in order to make his presidency seem more "terrorist centered." It was hardly the case.
AL QAEDA & OSAMA BIN LADEN
In the interview, Clinton claimed that the 1980's Goldwater-Nicholas Act gave too much power to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Therefore, he indirectly blamed General Henry Shelton, (former chairman of the Joint Chiefs) for not doing enough about Al Qaeda. Perhaps Clinton forgot that HE was Commander-in-Chief. That is hardly the case. He is trying to pass blame to his military advisors.
Clinton claims he couldn't send Special Forces to kill bin Laden because no one knew where he was. That is not true. CIA footage of bin Laden at his training camps in the 90's have emerged. Clinton was simply reluctant to pull the trigger, fearing he would offend European sensibilities and lose support in American opinion polls. But, Clinton does say he regrets not pushing the military officials to sacrifice their lives, "what they signed on to do," and that he wished that "debated it more thoroughly."
Clinton says he would have ordered Special Forces to do something had he "got the CIA and FBI finding that Osama bin Laden did it." Done what, what would he have done specifically? Clinton then goes on to say,
"I just assumed he did from the day it happened, and everyone else did. But it wasn't until after I left office that the CIA made a finding. If they had given me a finding beforehand, I would have gone after him."
But, Clinton DID HAVE EVIDENCE of who bombed the USS Cole, before he left office. Back on April 9, 2004, in this space, The Galvin Opinion showed how the United States quickly gathered evidence of bin Laden's culpability. In addition, the investigation revealed that Osama bin Laden said on September 22, 2000, just 3 weeks before the USS Cole attack, that he would attack American ships.
Here is an excerpt from, FAILING THE USS COLE - A GALVIN OPINION INVESTIGATION
CNN - DEC 7 2000 - U.S. finds link between bin Laden and Cole bombing
Since the October bombing in the port of Aden, U.S. and Yemeni investigators have said they suspect the attack might have been orchestrated by Al Qaeda, the organization headed by bin Laden dedicated to driving Americans and other Westerners out of the Persian Gulf region.
Clinton, inadvertantly, makes a strong case for why President George W. Bush went to war with Iraq by saying,
"I basically believe that the policy that I inherited, which was basically to keep Saddam Hussein in a box and under sanctions, unless and until he fully complied with the U.N. resolutions, was the right policy. It wasn't so great for the Iraqis, but he didn't present a substantial threat to anyone else."
"Unless and until" are the operative words. We all know that "unless and until" would never apply to Saddam Hussein. He was never going to comply with the United Nations resolutions. In fact, he even kicked out weapons inspectors when Bill Clinton was president.
Therefore, President Bush had the guts and will to risk his political fortune by dealing with Saddam Hussein once and for all. For the sake of humanity, we could not keep Saddam in a box because the people he oppresed were in the very box with him.
Here is the CNN.com account of Bill Clinton's interview with Christiane Amanpour, Clinton weighs in on bin Laden, war in Iraq
The Galvin Opinion (April 9, 2004): FAILING THE USS COLE - A GALVIN OPINION INVESTIGATION: Sept. 22 2000, bin Laden said he would attack U.S. ships - Oct 12 2000 he struck the USS Cole
The Galvin Opinion (April 16, 2004): DO YOU REMEMBER: WORDS OF WISDOM ABOUT WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION FROM OUR GOOD FRIEND, BILL CLINTON What Bill Clinton said during his 1998 State of the Union speech
The Galvin Opinion (April 2, 2004): George W. Bush: The Real Human Rights Activist