2006-09-29 / Columnists

From The Right

Bill Clinton Freaks Out
By Eric Ulrich

How would you describe Bill Clinton under pressure? While many will defend him as a politician who never lets his guard down and someone who was always able keep his cool, last week's episode of Fox News Sunday helped prove the contrary.

When Fox News anchor Chris Wallace asked the former President if he did enough to hunt down Osama bin Laden, Clinton became flustered and appeared angry at the question. After nastily saying that he did try to kill the world's most wanted terrorist, Clinton went out of his way to insult the News host. "And you got that little smirk on your face and you think you're so clever, but I had responsibility for trying to protect this country. I tried and I failed to get bin Laden," admitted Clinton. Clinton also accused Wallace of a "conservative hit job."

The unexpected outburst comes amid recent criticisms that the former Commander-in-Chief did little to prevent the September 11 th attacks and even refused Osama bin Laden on several occasions. The claims stem from an article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times on December 5, 2001, nearly three months after the terrorist attacks. The story highlighted the fact that President Clinton and his national security team ignored several opportunities to capture Osama bin Laden and his terrorist associates, including one the previous year.

Those accusations were validated by Clinton himself in the Sunday Times of London , in which Clinton said his failure to accept an offer to have Bin Laden handed over was the "Biggest Mistake" of his presidency.

A closer look at the Clinton administration will reveal deeper and more disturbing acts of negligence in handling the threat posed by bin Laden. In fact, even one of Clinton's most trusted advisors has gone on the record to detail the gross mismanagement during Clinton's term in office.

Dick Morris was a top advisor to the former president. Morris is best known for managing Clinton's successful 1996 bid for re-election. However, he now admits that when it came to Al-Qaeda, Clinton saw the writing on the wall and ignored it. In his New York Post January 2, 2002 column, Morris explained "Everything was more important than fighting terrorism. Political correctness, civil liberties concerns, fear of offending the administration's supporters, Janet Reno's objections, considerations of cost, worries about racial profiling and, in the second term, surviving impeachment, all came before fighting terrorism."

Still, there are some that refuse to believe Clinton downplayed the threat of terrorism. Thankfully, the facts speak for themselves. The fact that the United States of America and our interests suffered six major attacks that were orchestrated by bin Laden during Clinton's presidency speaks volumes. These tragic events are indisputable and are not subject to debate.

Bill Clinton had a lot to be upset about when he went on Fox News Sunday. If I were he, I would be pretty upset too knowing that my mistakes and my failures resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent Americans. Things couldn't be worse for Clinton. The American people are finally finding out the truth and not surprisingly, Bill Clinton is on the wrong side of the tracks.

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