Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Give Me A Break Pt. III - Clinton Can't Run Fast Enough From The Truth

Michael Scheuer, former a chief on the Osama Bin Laden Unit at the Counter Terrorism Center from 1996-1999 during the Clinton administration had this to say about former President Clinton's eruption on Fox News this past Sunday [taken from an interview on CBS's Early Show with Harry Smith]:
Harry Smith: "Let's talk about what President Clinton had to say on Fox yesterday. He basically laid blame at the feet of the CIA and the FBI for not being able to certify or verify that Osama bin Laden was responsible for a number of different attacks. Does that ring true to you?"

Michael Scheuer: "No, sir, I don't think so. The president seems to be able, the former president seems to be able to deny facts with impugnity. Bin Laden is alive today because Mr. Clinton, Mr. Sandy Berger, and Mr. Richard Clarke refused to kill him. That's the bottom line. And every time he says what he said to Chris Wallace on Fox, he defames the CIA especially, and the men and women who risk their lives to give his administration repeated chances to kill bin Laden."

Harry Smith [watch as he changes the focus back to the Bush Administration]: "All right, is the Bush administration any less responsible for not finishing the job in Tora Bora?"

Michael Scheuer: "Oh, I think there's plenty of blame to go around, sir, but the fact of the matter is that the Bush Administration had one chance that they botched, and the Clinton Administration had eight to ten chances that they refused to try..."

"...But it's just, it's an incredible kind of situation for the American people over the weekend to hear their former president mislead them."
And finally Harry Smith ended the conversation with this statement, clearly frustrated that Scheuer was pissing on the Clinton legacy: "And, and, and with this also further revelation that, in fact, the war in Iraq has only exacerbated the terrorist situation."

Never mind that Smith's final statement dealt with a new report claiming the Iraq war has helped al-Qaeda recruit new members and had nothing to do with what Scheuer was talking about. But that not the point now is it...?

Harry Smith just wanted to leave the viewers with one more passing thought...it's Bush's fault.

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