Monday, September 25, 2006

That darn "Liberal" media

On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace asked President Bill Clinton, "Why didn't you do more to put bin Laden and Al Qaeda out of business when you were president?" The fiery answer is worth watching. Clinton goes through point by point and lays out the timeline for what he did and didn't do during his presidency. Wallace suggested that leaving Somalia after Black Hawk Down only emboldened al Qaeda and showed them the West was "weak." Clinton lectured Wallace that bin Laden and al Qaeda were not only NOT involved in Black Hawk Down but that no one even knew al Qaeda existed in 1993. Moreover, Clinton explained that right after the U.S. suffered those loses in Somalia the right-wingers who now say he didn't do enough wanted to cut and run the next day - he stayed for 6 months and had an orderly transfer to the U.N. The only thing Clinton forgot to add was that it was W's daddy President George H.W. Bush who committed U.S. troops and sent the Marines into Somalia in December, 1992. This was after Daddy Bush lost the election to Clinton thus saddling the new administion with a purely humanitarian mission in Somali warlord territory that Clinton was forced to deal with.

Clinton also explained to Fox News that when he did try to kill bin Laden, the closest anyone has got to killing him since then too, when he launched cruise missiles into Afghanistan it was labeled "wag the dog" by Republicans who claimed it was done to distract for his "Monica" problem. Clinton also explained in detail to Wallace, Fox News and their ill-informed audience that after the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole on October 12, 2000 the CIA and FBI would not certify, while Clinton was in office, that bin Laden and al Qaeda were responsible for the attack. He told Wallace that he had full invasion plans drawn up to go into Afghanistan but they had no CIA or FBI certification and couldn't get basing rights in Uzbekistan. Watch the video. Clinton explains it better but the point is that Clinton didn't have the intelligence community's finding that al Qaeda was responsible and he didn't want to do what Daddy Bush did to him with Somalia, that is, start some foreign military intervention, or in this case the overthrow of the Taliban, in the last two months of being in office. And what did W do form January, 2001 until Sept. 11, 2001 about responding to the Cole bombing? ZERO. Condolezza Rice has explained that a delayed response was worse than no response. Sort of like punishing a dog for a poop accident way after the fact teaches the dog nothing. Well, it might teach the dog to be afraid of you since you could out of the blue whack it on the nose a rolled-up newspaper or a few cruise missiles. Clinton kept asking Wallace did he ask the current administration what they did to put bin Laden out of business since they had ZERO meetings on bin Laden after the Cole and before 9/11?

Katie Couric could have asked some hard questions to Secretary of State Rice on 60 Minutes which aired not even twelve hours after Fox News basically asked Clinton, "How do you sleep at night knowing you were responsible for 9/11?" Couric, part of that big, bad, mean, nasty, "Liberal" media took a different tact with Rice. "How does one go about asking the Secretary of State out on a date?" Couric asked like it was the E! Channel's coverage of the Oscars. Katie, America's sweetheart, earned her $15 million a year paycheck when she asked Rice would she ever like to get married. The hardest hitting questions were something like, "Do you honestly believe that the world is safer now?" and did she agree with Dick Cheney, who said if he went back in time he would do Iraq exactly the same way. Rice agreed. I did find out that Rice works out six days a week, starting at 5 a.m., often to the music of Led Zeppelin or Cream but it's classical music that "moves her." Fascinating. I wish it were results borne from sound policy that moved her. I wish she would listen to dissenting opinions rather than "Whole Lotta Love." I wish she would read PDBs and intelligence reports rather than liner notes.

After watching both interviews I know I was moved. Into the bathroom that is.


Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Maybe we sould look at this as progress in that Wallace didn't pull Clinton's microphone and tell him to shut up, but seriously folks, the horror is that it works. Keep saying it's Clinton's fault and it will be Clinton's fault. It works.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You gotta read the latest at The Daily Minion

5:53 PM  

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