Richard Clarke Flashback: Clinton Dropped Ball on Bin Laden

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    Former Clinton White House terrorism czar Richard Clarke is preparing to tell the Independent Commission Investigating the Sept. 11 Attacks this week that the Bush administration failed to act on a Clinton administration plan to attack Osama bin Laden.

    And in a "60 Minutes" interview set to air Sunday night, Clarke blasts Bush for doing "a terrible job on the war against terrorism."

    But just a year ago Clarke was singing a different tune, telling reporter Richard Miniter, author of the book "Losing bin Laden," that it was the Clinton administration - not team Bush - that had dropped the ball on bin Laden.

    Clarke, who was a primary source for Miniter's book, detailed a meeting of top Clinton officials in the wake of al Qaeda's attack on the USS Cole in Yemen.

    He urged them to take immediate military action. But his advice found no takers.

    Reporting on Miniter's book, the National Review summarized the episode:

    "At a meeting with Secretary of Defense William Cohen, Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Attorney General Janet Reno, and other staffers, Clarke was the only one in favor of retaliation against bin Laden."

    The list of excuses seemed endless:

    "Reno thought retaliation might violate international law and was therefore against it.

    "Tenet wanted to more definitive proof that bin Laden was behind the attack, although he personally thought he was.

    "Albright was concerned about the reaction of world opinion to a retaliation against Muslims, and the impact it would have in the final days of the Clinton Middle East peace process.

    "Cohen, according to Clarke, did not consider the Cole attack 'sufficient provocation' for a military retaliation."

    And what about President Clinton? According to what Clarke told Miniter, he rejected the attack plan. Instead Clinton twice phoned the president of Yemen demanding better cooperation between the FBI and the Yemeni security services.

    Clarke offered a chillingly prescient quote from one aide who agreed with him about Clinton administration inaction. "What's it going to take to get them to hit al Qaeda in Afghanistan? Does al Qaeda have to attack the Pentagon?" said the dismayed Clintonista.

    Clarke's testimony before the 9/11 commission will surely boost sales for his new book, "Against All Enemies," which his publisher is releasing on the eve of his appearance before the panel.

    The book's bombshell news hook is Clarke's claim that after the 9/11 attacks, President Bush wanted him to look for evidence of Iraqi involvement.

    But it's not clear how much politics has tempered his recollections. Clarke certainly sounded partisan on the morning of December 15, when, as the nation was celebrating Saddam Hussein's capture, he was complaining that the brutal dictator's apprehension was actually bad news.

    "I don't think it's going to have a near-term positive effect on security," Clarke told ABC's "This Week."

    "In the short term, we may have actually a worse problem," he insisted.

    http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/3/20/232055.shtml
     
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    the Clinton cronies,
    These guys all about Clintons image as a president. they could have solved this problem years ago, but put it off till Bush got in then blamed the whole thing on Bush. Man i cna't wait till the 9-11 comminsion says that all of this could have been avoided if the Clinton addmin would of had some balls and went after this guy. OBL.
     
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    If Clinton had gone after UBL, you republicans would have accused him of trying to draw attention away from the Lewinski scandel. Besides, its apparent that Clinton did a hell of a lot more than Bush did with al queda and UBL prior to 9/11, but of course it wasn't Bush's fault, he was only in office 230 days, he needed another 230 more,yeah i'll bet he would have done exactly what he was doing before 9/11, :wank: .
     
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    actually the "Wag the dog" thing was in Kosovo, If the man would have gone after UBL in the scope we are doing now I can bet he would have run into the same problems of today. After the bombings in Africa he could have gone to Sudan. After the USS Cole he could ahve gone into afganistan. The man could have acted after each one of these acts. However all he did was launch a missle at an asprin factory. He did not act against OBL because as the article say's he and his cabiniet were worried about global opion and the way it would look if amercia went after the man. Well we know how it looks now, and it seems to me that the dems don't have the courage to stand against world opion and the UN. Clinton had numerous oppertunities to act against OBL. He chose to let the issue reside with police authorities and allow the UN and foriegn nations dictate our foriegn policy. He is guilty of that, he is guilty of passing the responsibility to the next administration. Bush was warned of UBL we knew where he was but at the time the policy was the same police action. We knew where the man was at the time and finnally the idiot UBL descieded that since for the last 8 years he had indirectly attacked america adn nothing happened he'ld try his luck with the new adminstration. Bad choice, now he no longer has a nation state supporting him and he moves in and out of caves. Clinton had three international terror attacks during his admin, and one domestic. He reffused to put millitary pressure on the foriegn terrorists and they grew more brazen and mathotical. They began planning for 9-11 during clintons admin. Lucky for america Bush was in office not Gore.
     

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