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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Worth Watching

Porcupine enjoys letting people speak for themselves, and this video of former President Clinton is an exceptionally instructive window into the gentleman's thinking. Click on the arrow to watch the film:

Porcupine will only add this to the man's own words. He spends most of his time complaining about the source of the question, trying to make it appear sinister. Has he really been booked onto so many television talk shows to discuss his Clinton Global Initiative (characteristic modesty, there) that he forgot he was on Fox News? He seems annoyed that he is there. Did he perhaps confuse Chris Wallace with his father, and expect only puffball questions? He does not answer the questions 'on its merits' as he says he will. He repeatedly cites Richard Clark's book - what are his own observations? His portrait of FBI/CIA disjunction is dead on, and he is correct that nobody knew about Bin Laden in 1993. But Chris Wallace is equally accurate to ask why more attention was not paid in 1996 and 1998. Clinton's repeated condemnation of 'you people', and his putting words into the mouth of his interviewer which stem from his own bias is only kerosene upon our national disputes.


Blogger Massachusetts Republican said...

When one attempts to bury history one instead is buried by it. Clinton will be crushed by his own attempt to cover up his mistakes and incompetence. "Me thinks he doth protest too much"

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Captain America said...

Why did Bill even agree to go on Fox News. It just sounds like he is angry at Wallace for bringing it up, The Path to 9/11 was headline news for a while there. Clinton is so slick, he says in that interview "Why are you going after me?" and toward the end he says "I made mistakes." Wow..there really are no words. Sure we didn't know how Bin Laden was going to do it but we knew his network was getting larger after Kenya, the Cole, and the flights from the Philippines.

12:04 AM  
Blogger otilius said...


1:08 AM  
Blogger marci said...

I'm a fan of your blog!

I would only say that I disagree a little bit that no one knew about bin Laden in 1996 and 1998. I read a story about bin Laden in the Atlantic Monthly in 1994 or 1995 called "Blowback" about bin Laden's activities in Egypt. I also think there is ample evidence to support the assertion that TWA Flight 800 was a terrorist attack. At one point in the interviews the day after, Janet Reno said, "We got a call from someone in something called a 'Jihad' movement claiming responsibility for the attack on the plane, but we didn't pay any attention to it." Later in interviews after 9/ll, on the subject of the Clinton administration's failures, John Kerry said, "We knew about the terrorists" and he mentioned TWA Flight 800 as did Stephanopolous in a subsequent interview. We'll never know for sure because Flight 800 went down during Clinton's reelection campaign. That said, he can be faulted for not sounding an alert to the American people about terrorism. Although the evidence was and remains inconclusive about that flight, there was ample evidence that it could have been an attack by Islamic fanastics, and the government could have said at least that much. The special services in London and Tel Aviv had both been warning us during that time that the terrorists were targeting America and thinking about using airplanes. Had everyone in America been on some sort of personal "alert," they may have taken action rather than ignoring their gut feelings about the terrorists on 9/ll. What I noticed in the movie on ABC was how many people had a feeling something wasn't quite right but didn't act on it. I think if Clinton had been simply saying, "Hey, we don't have all the facts but please be on alert for this," it might have helped people. I knew about the jihadists and terrorists at that time because I was following the stories about the suicide bombers in Israel. So the names of these groups sounded familiar to me. The press and lower-echelon government employees and officials should have been sounding alarms as well as Clinton.

At any rate, that's my opinion.

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clinton doesn't just accidently lose his temper.

There was no spontaneity to it, although, that is how it was spun: stir up the anger in the Democrat base, right wing media conspiracy, Fox news is out to get me and therefore out to get *you*.

Clinton lost the Senate and House for the Democrats and he's trying to get it back.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Andy Dabydeen said...

"his own bias is only kerosene upon our national disputes" -- who raised the question in the first place? Who's busily rewriting history to place blame instead of actually accomplishing anything?

Clinton is no longer president -- as such, questions on current policy issues shouldn't be rasied to him.

10:51 AM  

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