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Losing Bin Laden

Horace Cooper had this to say about Richard Miniter’s new book "Losing Bin Laden: How Bill Clinton’s Failures Unleashed Global Terror."

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Yeah, cuz we all know that Bush didn’t come into office until after September 11th. What’s that? He was in office before September 11th. Oh shit. Well, there goes that argument.

Yeah, cuz everyone knows that, like, Osama bin Laden never did anything to hurt anyone before 9/11. What, you mean he blew up American embassies? Oh shit. Well, there goes that argument.

John, the difference is that in Clinton’s case, he did something about it. Following the 1993 attacks on the World Trade Center, Clinton saw to it that Ramzi Ahmed Yousef (the mastermind of the plot) and his cronies were caught and imprisoned, where they sit today. (Say, how’s that hunt for Osama going, John?) He also responded by requesting $2.8 billion in funding for defense and anti-terrorism programs. Limitations of time and real estate prevent me from listing them all here, but they include the Omnibus Counter Terrorism Act of 1995, the development of 40 million smallpox vaccines, tripling FBI anti-terrorism efforts, the formation of a "CyberCorps" to defend against Cyber Terrorism (a plan that, at the time, was ridiculed by Republicans), and many others. It is well documented that the Clinton administration, in its efforts, prevented no fewer than 20 major terrorist attacks in the US and abroad. And that might just be why Paul Bremmer (yes, THAT Paul Bremmer) went on record in 2001 as saying that Clinton had done more to prevent terrorism than any other president in the history of this country.

Immediately following the attack on the USS Cole, Clinton and Richard Clarke developed an aggressive plan of action for killing Osama Bin Laden and crushing the Taliban. That plan was ignored, delayed and all but dismissed by John Ashcroft and George Bush (who, as I recall, responded to the growing threat of a terrorist attack by taking a month-long vacation).

Oh, by the way... the 1993 attack? That happened just a little over a month after Clinton started his first term in office. So I guess that we’d have to blame Bush Sr. for that one, huh?

The 1993 attack on the WTC should be blamed on Carter, Reagan, Bush 41 and the legislators and judges who sat during their terms. It certainly cannot be blamed on Clinton nor Bush 41 alone. But what does this have to do with anything?

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