Bill Clinton: I could have killed Osama bin Laden but didn’t
Just hours before the 9/11 terror attacks, Bill Clinton told a group of Australian businessmen that he passed on a chance to kill Osama Bin Laden, according to a revelation by an Australian media outlet.On September 10, 2001, Osama bin Laden was just a terrorist asshole who tried to murder Americans (in the first WTC bombing) and failed. It wasn't until the next day that he became a terrorist asshole that murdered thousands of Americans on American soil. Clinton's remarks are entirely proper for a pre-9/11 mindset. Yes, bin Laden was a bad man who deserved to eat a Predator. At the time, though, the calculus did not favor taking that many innocent lives to reach him. Obviously, had Clinton been able to tell the future, things may have been very different.
Only 10 hours before the first plane struck the World Trade Center, Clinton explained at a conference in Melbourne that when he was President, he let the chance to kill Bin Laden pass because the operation would have also killed hundreds of innocent civilians in Afghanistan,according to a Sky News Australia report.
I don't blame Clinton for that particular call. What I do blame him for, though, is the 8-year vacation from history that occurred during his presidency that lead to the militants deciding to attack us again. He divided his time between attacking those who disagreed with him (the right-wing extremists, remember), attending lavish fundraisers, and diddling interns. He used Saddam Hussein and the action in Iraq as his own private whack-a-mole every time things got too heavy here at home - you know, like calling an airstrike in Iraq the day Monica testified.
Imagine if we had had a president more interested in going after *real* terrorists like Osama bin laden than after "home grown extremists" like Rush Limbaugh?
That is all.
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