Islamic totalitarian regimes and their proxies have launched a full-scale war against America since 1979, when Iran held American diplomats hostage. Since then, we have faced progressively brazen attacks not only from al-Qaeda, but from the plethora of hostile Islamic theocracies and their terrorists including: the 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, the bombing of Pan Am 103 in 1989, the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996, two African embassy bombings in 1998 and the U.S.S. Cole in 2000.
The Feb. 26, 1993 WTC bombing signaled a new stage in this war as it was the first major terrorist act on U.S. soil launched not only by terrorists, but hostile rogue states. It took the administration three years to realize al Qaeda was behind the attack, and Iraqi intelligence agent Ramsey Yousef coordinated it. Instead of rallying Americans behind an appropriate military response to this new act of war, Clinton warned Americans not to overreactГўв‚¬вЂќ showing our adversaries that terrorist acts will be dealt with impunity.
Clinton’s terror-appeasing actions are consistent throughout his tenure, most visibly in his elevation of terrorist Yasser Arafat from international pariah to partner for peace, and his most frequent foreign guest. At this time, terrorism was regarded as the product of Western democracies such as Israel and America, and as a response for social justice, rather than the evil actions of mass murderers.
Numerous warnings were ignored, even one by his own Secretary of Defense William Cohen who forecasted an attack on the WTC in 1999. Clinton ignored security and intelligence throughout his tenure because the Cold War was over, in his view, Americans faced no threats. Apparently, he forgot the Islamic terror states and groups assaults since 1979 that accelerated under his watch.
In fact, intelligence was such a low priority that Clinton never met with his first CIA Director James Woolsey, after his initial interview. The CIA was so decimated by budget cuts and poor organization that nobody in the organization could even speak Pashtun, the native tongue of the Taliban and al Qaeda. They had to send intercepted conversations to Pakistan for translation. Pakistan, until the War on Terrorism, was the Taliban’s biggest supporter and their Madrassases founded the barbaric regime. Pakistani intelligence purportedly tipped off bin Laden and al Qaeda just prior to Clinton’s haphazard response to the two African embassy bombings.
This allowed bin Laden to escape with his life, while the ineffective strikes destroyed four mosques in Afghanistan and the lone pharmaceutical factory in Sudan, causing thousands of collateral deaths and further alienating Muslims around the world. It should also be noted the African embassy bombings occurred during the Monica Lewinsky scandal that effectively paralyzed the presidency for 18 months.
Terror state Sudan also offered the arrest and extradition of bin Laden in 1996, and detailed intelligence on the activities of Iran’s Hezbollah, Egypt’s Islamic Jihad and Palestine’s Hamas. Clinton, instead, told Sudan to let bin Laden leave for Afghanistan where he took his second in command and coordinated the Sept. 11 attacks.
The real blame for the attacks rests at the feet of the Clinton administration foreign policy of appeasing evil, at Gephardt and the 190 Congressional Democrats who voted to cut intelligence and defense spending on every Clinton budget. Their rape of intelligence and the military enabled such a devastating attack to occur and put millions of Americans in the perilous cross hairs of terrorism.
Starting in 1995, Clinton took actions against terrorism that were unprecedented in American history. He poured billions and billions of dollars into counterterrorism activities across the entire spectrum of the intelligence community.
In Congress, Clinton was thwarted by the reactionary conservative majority in virtually every attempt he made to pass legislation that would attack al Qaeda and terrorism. His 1996 omnibus terror bill, which included many of the anti-terror measures we now take for granted after September 11, was withered almost to the point of uselessness by attacks from the right: Jesse Helms and Trent Lott were openly dismissive of the threats Clinton spoke of.
Bush was sleeping at the wheel, more in his Texas ranch relaxing than working for the American people.
Richard Clarke was the president’s chief adviser on terrorism, yet it wasn’t until Sept. 11 that he ever got to brief Mr. Bush on the subject. Clarke says that prior to Sept. 11, the administration didn’t take the threat seriously.
":We had a terrorist organization that was going after us! Al Qaeda. That should have been the first item on the agenda. And it was pushed back and back and back for months.
":There’s a lot of blame to go around, and I probably deserve some blame, too. But on January 24th, 2001, I wrote a memo to Condoleezza Rice asking for, urgently — underlined urgently — a Cabinet-level meeting to deal with the impending al Qaeda attack. And that urgent memo– wasn’t acted on.
":I blame the entire Bush leadership for continuing to work on Cold War issues when they back in power in 2001. It was as though they were preserved in amber from when they left office eight years earlier. They came back. They wanted to work on the same issues right away: Iraq, Star Wars. Not new issues, the new threats that had developed over the preceding eight years.":
The following is a transcript of the August 6, 2001, presidential daily briefing entitled Bin Laden determined to strike in US. Parts of the original document were not made public by the White House for security reasons. An exert:
":Al Qaeda members — including some who are U.S. citizens — have resided in or traveled to the U.S. for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure that could aid attacks.
A clandestine source said in 1998 that a bin Laden cell in New York was recruiting Muslim-American youth for attacks.
We have not been able to corroborate some of the more sensational threat reporting, such as that from a —- service in 1998 saying that Bin Laden wanted to hijack a U.S. aircraft to gain the release of ":Blind Sheikh": Omar Abdel Rahman and other U.S.-held extremists.
Nevertheless, FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York":
The idea that this was somehow Bill Clinton’s fault is preposterous seeing he was obstructed and sabotaged by the Republican congress in every attempt to fight al qaeda
You do know that the people responsible for the 93 bombing of TWC were caught and are still in jail in NY. Can Bush say the same about the 9/11 terror attack?
Dick Clarke said that under the Clinton Administration, we’ve come closer to catching bin laden than anyone. Clinton was a great guy
When Clinton tried to bomb Bin Laden’s camps, the Republicans cried ‘No Bombs For Monica’ and ‘Wag The Dog’, because they thought that punishing Clinton for extra-marital sex was more important than fighting terrorism.
I am curious about Reagan’s close alliances with Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden. Do you have any info on that?
Haha, what a joke.
Both of these things were fine until Bush came along.
Umm… its ALWAYS funny to see Republicans WHINE whenever we bring up Bush who JUST completed his presidency less than FIVE months ago…. when talking about issues that have been around for years…
BUT, then those SAME Republicans CONSTANTLY bring up Clinton who hasn’t been in office for NINE YEARS!!!
1983 Beirut. Reagan.
No little georgie bushs was. 4,500 dead Americans an untold number of Troops disabled for life.
No, dear, that would’ve been the Bush Administration…did someone leave the door open at the convalescent home again and you got out?
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