Now Bill Clinton’s whining that his presidency was cut short in its prime, just minutes away from sealing a middle east peace deal, ending terrorism, solving racism and curing cancer. I can only imagine him welling up like Nancy Kerrigan with the huge “why me” look as he told a New York Magazine reporter:
“I also wish, I desperately wish, that I had been president when the FBI and CIA finally confirmed, officially, that bin Laden was responsible for the attack on the U.S.S. Cole. Then we could have launched an attack on Afghanistan early. I don’t know if it would have prevented 9/11, but it certainly would have complicated it.”
But, according to the 9/11 Commission, bin Laden’s fingerprints had been confirmed all over multiple attacks that had already occured against Americans. Eight years in office and he claims he was waiting for confirmation on the Cole boming???
In 1993, the CIA noted that [bin Laden] had paid for the training of some Egyptian terrorists in Sudan. The State Department detected his money in aid to the Yemeni terrorists who set a bomb in an attempt to kill U.S. troops in Aden in 1992.
By 1997, officers in the Bin Ladin unit recognized that Bin Ladin was more than just a financier. They learned that al Qaeda had a military committee that was planning operations against U.S. interests worldwide and was actively trying to obtain nuclear material. Analysts assigned to the station looked at the information it had gathered and “found connections everywhere,” including links to the attacks on U.S. troops in Aden and Somalia in 1992 and 1993 and to the Manila air plot in the Philippines in 1994-1995.
…and what about the indictment sought by the Clinton Justice Department and successfully issued against bin Laden on November 6, 1998? The indictment charged:
l. On October 3 and 4, 1993, members of Al Qaeda participated with Somali tribesmen in an attack on United States military personnel serving in Somalia as part of Operation Restore Hope, which attack killed a total of 18 United States soldiers and wounded 73 others in Mogadishu.
Bin Laden had been tied to the killing of 18 soldiers by 1993, yet somehow Clinton wants us to believe the magic act was the killing of 17 soldiers almost a decade later?
Oh, and a little side note, this was an interesting inclusion in the 1998 indictment:
Additionally, the indictment states that Al Qaeda reached an agreement with Iraq not to work against the regime of Saddam Hussein and that they would work cooperatively with Iraq, particularly in weapons development.
Does Clinton really expect people to buy the notion that 6 more months of his occupying the White House would’ve accomplished anything more than he failed to do in 8 full years?