Monday, September 25, 2006
Bill Clinton looses his cool durring interview with Fox News.
Poor Bill Clinton... He is still out there trying to save his legacy. Clinton sat down with FOX News Sunday's Chris Wallace last night in what turned out to be a rather intense interview when Bill Clinton lost his cool. [video] My favorite part was when Clinton told Wallace, "You did your nice little conservative hit job on me."
I almost fell out of my chair I was laughing so hard.
It seems that Bill Clinton just doesn't particularly care to be criticized for his failure to pursue Osama bin Laden.
This was the first interview that Bill Clinton has ever done with the FOX News Channel and it stareted out rather well with Wallace asking a smiling Bill Clinton about his new Clinton Global Initiatives program.
Then Wallace asked a question that viewers had e-mailed in. Why didn't Clinton do more to put Al-Qaeda and Bin Ladin out of business? This is where Clinton erupted --- immediately going into defensive mode. Clinton claimed he did more to kill Osama Bin Laden than the Bush Administration did in the first 8 months it was in office. He's upset that the Bush Administration is never criticized for that.
In his defense to Wallace's question Clinton relied strongly on the statements of Richard Clark, Clinton's chief anti-terrorist operative during his presidency.
Now, I have done some research on just what Richard Clark's assesment was of Clinton's efforts and found them not to be all that positive.
In a 2004 CNN interview Richard Clark spoke of one particular Clinton attempt to "get" Osama bin Laden. "Clinton bombed them once; the public reaction was negative to that. Remember 'wag the dog?' Everyone said Clinton is just bombing Afghanistan to divert attention from the Monica business. And so he didn't bomb them again."
Now Clinton brings this up in the interview and criticizes the right for saying he was just wagging the dog and whatever but the point is he stopped bombing because of negative public reaction.
In other words Bill Clinton lacked the leadership to make a desicion based on what needed to be done for the best of the country. Instead he uses negative public reaction for not bombing them again. Gee, now that doesn't make it look as if Clinton was quite as dedicated to the idea of killing Osama bin Laden as he would have had us believe, does it?
Oh but wait, there is more. The 9/11 Commission report says that in December of 1999 Richard Clark sent Clinton a memo urging an attack on Al Qaeda bases before the millennium. Sandy Berger wrote back on the memo "No." Seriously... that shows the kind of dedication the Clinton Administration had to get bin Laden and shut Al-Qaeda down now, doesn't it.