Bill Clinton Still hasn’t Learned to NOT Lie

25 09 2006

Filed under: Bill Clinton, Chris Wallace, FoxNews, 9/11

UPDATED: Scroll for updates: RNC researches Clinton’s lies, Condi challenges Clinton

Bill Clinton does not get it. He lied under oath, was impeached, and now is still lying about his responsibility for 9/11.

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Clinton had planned to discuss his climate change initiative during his appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” but he turned combative after host Chris Wallace asked why he hadn’t “put bin Laden and al-Qaeda out of business.” Clinton shot back that “all the conservative Republicans” who now criticize him for inattention to bin Laden used to criticize him for over-attention to bin Laden.

Hot Air has more about the video. And here.

More from the interview, when it got real testy:

Clinton : There is not a living soul in the world who thought Osama bin Laden had anything to do with Black Hawk down or was paying any attention to it, or even knew al-Qaeda was a going concern in October ’93.

Wallace : I understand.

Clinton : No, no, wait. Don’t tell me that — you asked why didn’t I do more to bin Laden, there was not a living soul, all the people who now criticize me wanted to leave the next day. You brought this up, so you get an answer. But you — secondly,

Wallace : — Bin Laden says, but it showed the weakness of the United States.

Clinton : Bin Laden may have said it — but it would have shown the weakness if we left right away. But he wasn’t involved in that, that’s just a bunch of bull. That was about Mohamed Aideed, a Muslim warlord, murdering 22 Pakistani Muslim troops. We were all there on a humanitarian mission; we had no mission, none, to establish a certain kind of Somali government or keep anybody out. He was not a religious fanatic —

Wallace : Mr. President —

Clinton : — there was no al-Qaeda —

Wallace : With respect, if I may, instead of going through ’93 and —

Clinton : No, no — you asked it. You brought it up.

Wallace, a 30-year broadcast veteran who worked at NBC and ABC before Fox, is not usually considered part of the network’s conservative commentariat, but Clinton accused him of doing “Fox’s bidding” by preparing a “conservative hit job.”

He attacked Wallace for failing to ask Bush administration officials why Clarke was demoted from his counterterrorism job: “Tell the truth, Chris. Tell the truth, Chris. Did you ever ask that?” He also complained that Wallace had lured him to the interview “under false pretences,” but when Wallace offered to discuss his climate change project, he replied: “No, I want to finish this now.”

And so he did, attacking President Bush for focusing on Iraq instead of Afghanistan, urging Americans to read Clarke’s book and accusing Republicans of “a serious disinformation campaign” to blame the Clinton administration for losing bin Laden.

“I got closer to killing him than anybody’s gotten since,” Clinton said. “And if I were still president, we’d have more than 20,000 troops there trying to kill him. . . . 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.”a

Michelle Malkin express “Clinton-rage” the “morning after” the interview:

The Finger-Jabber. Always, always blaming someone else for his failures.

Stop The ACLU: “The important thing is that we learn from our past misakes and not repeat them.”

Part of learning is admitting we might could have done more had we really studied the situation. Bin Laden was nudging us over several years to determining how we would react. He was right: With Clinton in office, we were extremely weak. The word “fetal position” comes to mind.

This repeated lying by Clinton and proceeding battle with ABC to remove the docu-drama, “Path to 9/11” makes Clinton look even more guilty. A man with nothing to hide does not get defensive and belligerent. Clinton was both in regards to ABC and yesterday’s interview.

One other point to notice that further illustrates Clinton’s character: He is lightening quick to blame Bush and the Right for not doing enough, thought that’s actually debatable; while on the other hand, you never hear Bush blaming his predecessor for making his job a lot harder.

Others: Wibang

Updated: RNC Research put out a document today highlighting his myths.

Bill Clinton is just another Democrat trying to re-write history this election year – but the fact remains – Democrats are consistently weak when it comes to fighting terrorism.

Updated: Condi challenges Clinton’s statements on anti-terror record.

NEW YORK — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice challenged former President Clinton’s claim that he did more than many of his conservative critics to pursue Usama bin Laden, and she accused President Bush’s predecessor of leaving no comprehensive plan to fight Al Qaeda.

“The notion somehow for eight months the Bush administration sat there and didn’t do that is just flatly false — and I think the 9/11 commission understood that,” she said.

“We were not left a comprehensive strategy to fight Al Qaeda,” she told the newspaper.

In the TV interview, 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?’ “

The Cole! Are you serious? That’s about as ludicrious as asking why the next President did nothing about the attack on Pearl Harbor? The Cole happened on Clinton’s watch and he let us get beat up repeatedly during his presidency and we are worse off because off him.

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