Skip to comments.Clinton defends himself in Fox interview
Posted on 09/24/2006 7:23:51 PM PDT by presidio9
In a combative interview on "Fox News Sunday," former President Clinton defended his handling of the threat posed by Osama bin Laden, saying he tried to have bin Laden killed and was attacked for his efforts by the same people who now criticize him for not doing enough.
"That's the difference in me and some, including all of the right-wingers who are attacking me now," Clinton said in the interview. "They ridiculed me for trying. They had eight months to try, they did not try."
Clinton accused host Chris Wallace of a "conservative hit job" and asked: "I want to know how many people in the Bush administration you asked, 'Why didn't you do anything about the Cole?' I want to know how many people you asked, 'Why did you fire Dick Clarke?'"
He was referring to the USS Cole, attacked by terrorists in Yemen in 2000, and former White House anti-terrorism chief Richard A. Clarke.
Wallace said Sunday he was surprised by Clinton's "conspiratorial view" of "a very non-confrontational question, 'Did you do enough to connect the dots and go after Al Qaida?'"
"All I did was ask him a question, and I think it was a legitimate news question. I was surprised that he would conjure up that this was a hit job," Wallace said in a telephone interview.
Clinton said he "worked hard" to try to kill bin Laden.
"We contracted with people to kill him. I got closer to killing him than anybody's gotten since," he said.
He told Wallace, "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. I regret it, but I did try and I did everything I thought I responsibly could."
The interview was taped Friday during Clinton's three-day Global Initiative conference.
On NBC's "Meet the Press," also taped Friday and aired Sunday, Clinton told interviewer Tim Russert that the biggest problem confronting the world today is "the illusion that our differences matter more than our common humanity."
"That's what's driving the terrorism," he said. "It's not just that there's an unresolved Arab-Israeli conflict. Osama Bin Laden and Dr. al-Zawahiri can convince young Sunni Arab men, who have and some women who have despairing conditions in their lives, that they get a one-way ticket to heaven in a hurry if they kill a lot of innocent people who don't share their reality."
Hallucination on parade!
"I tried harder than any man on earth before me to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden
You seem like a creative guy, any chance you could put the following together and post it at YOUTUBE.com?
Do you know what I would like to see on YOUTUBE.com? I'd love it if someone could put together side-by-side screens: on the left, the footage of Bill Clinton emphatically stating that he did not have sex with that woman & on the right, Bill Clinton emphatically stating that he did all he could to bring Osama to justice. I swear he has the same angry posturing and facial features in both because HE KNOWS HE'S LYING while the words are coming out of his mouth. If you didn't put sound to either one, it would look identical. Just put subtitles under each and call it LYING AGAIN!
I really love the title of the AP story.
They act like tough questions of Clinton is somehow an "attack".
He pointed the Slick Willie fickled finger of fate and tried to fabricate the past and his legacy.
Yeah! If Bush cares so much about national security, why doesn't he travel back in time, take over the Oval Office, and let Clinton focus on Monica? Idiot.
The story tries to add to Clinton's claim that it was a hit piece by Wallace.
The media continues to sicken me.
I could have done without the red drips ... but the nose is a nice touch!
He's got a lot of blood on his hands, we don't ever see the tens of thousands of bodies he has probably caused either Bunny.
I know it is tough to see, but that is about 3% of reality IMO, but I do get your point as well. :-)
Foreign policy by hit man
Leave it to Bill to come up with this.
The Left Wing of the Dimocrap party wants Hillary gone.
1) They do not want any presidential candidate in favor of continued military intervention in Iraq , Afghanistan and possibly Iran and Israel.
2) Howard Deaniac, Vermont's Village Idiot, is in charge of the DNC purse strings and will see that Hillary gets very little money.
3) The MSM Slimes have congealed a uniform policy, prompted by Dimocrap leftists,to tell the truth about Slick Willy ( The Path to 9/11 and talk shows) so that his viability as a fund raiser for Hillary's presidential run will be weakened or destroyed.
Hillary Clinton will NEVER become POTUS.
We will get something much worse, if you can imagine that.
The Dems intend to nominate a socialist liberal for the Presidency, one who:
1) will preach the new age doctrine of Global Warming,
2) socialized control of industry,
4)the conversion of the US military into a minimally armed peace corps,
5)and the creation of hate speech laws which limit our freedom of speech(including blogs like free republic),
6) and a gun control policy which will require the registration of all firearms in the USA and a limitation on who can purchase guns ( only dems).
7) Lead an appeasement of Islamofascism policy through the UN.
8) Bring in an Equal rights Amendment to the Constitution for Women.
9) Make Lesbian and Homosexual Marriage a protected right
10) Allow continued unregulated migration by millions of Mexicans and South Americans into the USA.
That leftist Demoncrap Presidential candidate will be much worse than Hillary EVER hoped to be.
The Leftists Dims are now bent on the destruction of the Clintons for the benefit of their own leftist/socialist agenda.
But it also signals something far more ominous: militant leftist Democraps.
Watch for it.
Hillary and her husband are being destroyed politically as we watch, by the left wing of the Democrap party and their MSM running dogs.
I love it, but Beware the treacherous DNC.They have a leftist socialist agenda, and a candidate planned to foist it on the American people.
Every president has those people with whom they can "contract with" to do special work...for the country, of course.
They know what they saw: They just know that they have nothing BUT a pretense of bravado to "defend" this low, trashy behavior.
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