"The results of a special investigation - examined how a nation and an administration, through a combination of inactivity and massive failure in the intelligence community, were asleep at the switch during the Clinton years. And how, without warning, those seeds of terror reaped a bitter harvest on America's second and even bloodier day of infamy, September 11."
"It's the economy, stupid," was the buzzword that many pundits acknowledge catapulted Bill Clinton into the White House in 1992. During the Clinton years, the deficit plunged and the stock market soared. It was a time of peace and prosperity in America with the Monica Lewinsky affair providing a comic sideshow along the fodder for late-night TV Hosts. But while the economy roared and the latest Monica jokes made the rounds, the seeds of terror were blossoming around the globe. In 1993, Americans were horrified to see the bloodied corpse of a U.S. serviceman dragged through the streets of Mogadishu by a mob of rabid Somalis.
Then came 1998 and the lethal bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. Still, the administration did little but lob off a few cruise missiles now and again. And the seeds of terror kept growing. The results of a special investigation - examined how a nation and an administration, through a combination of inactivity and massive failure in the intelligence community, were asleep at the switch during the Clinton years. And how, without warning, those seeds of terror reaped a bitter harvest on America's second and even bloodier day of infamy, September 11.
The Clinton administration repeatedly mishandled major opportunities to kill or capture super-terrorist Osama bin Laden, the man who declared war on America. On at least two occasions, foreign governments actually offered to hand him over on a silver platter - but the Clinton White House refused to accept him.
At several other junctures, a 60-man unit of specially trained commandos had accurate information on bin Laden's where-abouts and were eager to attack him - but the President never gave them the final go-ahead.
These are among the stunning revelations of a special probe of secret files on the events leading up to the terrible tragedy of September 11th.
Kept by key operatives in the U.S. war on terror, the files produce a chilling picture of top government officials so blinded by arrogance, self-interest and indecision that bin Laden was free to carry out his murderous schemes despite being clearly marked as a dangerous international killer.
"Osama bin Laden declared war on the United States many years ago, but unfortunately he wasn't take seriously by U.S. officials," Yossef Bodansky, director of the U.S. House of Representatives Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, told the special investigators.
"It took a horrible tragedy, a horrible attack on American soil, for the nation and its leaders to see what has to be done," said Bodansky who is the author of the best-selling book "bin Laden: The Man who Declared War on America."
The shocking lapses of the Clinton administration's policy toward bin Laden can be most clearly seen in three separate incidents.
In 1996, when bin Laden was living in Sudan, the Sudanese government offered to extradite him to the U.S. or allow U.S. forces to seize him there. But the Clinton White House failed to accept the offer, believing there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute bin Laden.
In 2000, while bin Laden was hiding in Afghanistan, an Arab official made a back-channel offer to produce the wanted terrorist en exchange for the U.S. setting up an Afghanistan relief fund. Again, after a series of diplomatic gaffes, the Clinton administration declined.
Throughout the late 1990's, a secret Special Forces team was prepared to attack and kill bin Laden and often had accurate information on his whereabouts. Nevertheless, Clinton never gave the group a go-ahead, choosing instead to launch a botched attack with unmanned cruise missiles.
The 1996 incident took place while bin Laden was living in Sudan, having bought his way into the country with his personal millions. Meanwhile, the Sudanese government came under intense pressure from the U.S. "Sudan's President Omar alBashir was eager to end U.S, sanctions against his country for harboring terrorist and I persuaded him to offer to arrest and deport bin Laden," Mansoor Ijaz, chairman of a New York investment firm told the investigators in a exclusive interview.
It took me months to persuade al-Bashir to make the offer - but Clinton rejected it almost immediately because the administration didn't believe it had enough evidence to prosecute bin Laden effectively and would thus create an embarrassing international incident if he was released.
"I still believe that was one of the biggest mistakes Clinton ever made!"
Again in July 2000, Ijaz approached the Clinton White House with a plan to get bin Laden into U.S. custody.
"A friend who was the head of counter terrorism for an Arab state called me with a plan to get bin Laden out of Afghanistan and I passed it along to Clinton and his people," Ijaz told the investigators.
The scheme involved stetting up an Islamic relief fund to aid Afghanistan in return for the Taliban quietly handing over bin Laden to the Arab country, where U.S. forces could apprehend him.
But again Clinton balked and sent an envoy to ask the rulers of the nation involved, the United Arab Emirates, about the plan. This front-door approach embarrassed the rulers of the Emirate and scuttled the delicate operation.
"These guys in Washington were completely asleep at the switch," Ijaz told the investigators. "I feel that their policies actually helped fuel the rise of bin Laden from an ordinary man to a very powerful figure. When the horror of September 11 took place, I thought, "My God, this is the result!"
Clinton himself at a dinner in New York recently confessed his failure to respond to Sudan's initiative as "the biggest mistake of my presidency."
In the late 1990's, Clinton signed a secret order authorizing the use of deadly force against bin Laden and an elite Delta Force unit of more that 60 men was specially trained to attack him.
On several occasions in 1998, 1999, and 2000, the force had reliable eyewitness or satellite information about bin Laden's whereabouts and was ready to move into Afghanistan to go after him
However, unwilling to risk American lives, President Clinton never gave them the order.
"We were ready to move," said a former Army Special Forces officer who helped draw up plans in 1998. "We failed to receive an execute order from the President. The only way you can do something like this is to put people on the ground, and we were not allowed to do it because of this stubborn policy of risk avoidance."
"So out of concern for 60 Delta Force operators and SEALS who are ready and eager to perform the mission, we lose thousands of people in the World Trade Center. It is a disgrace!"
Eventually, President Clinton did try to take out bin Laden - but the result was an embarrassing failure that ended doing more good that harm to the terror master.
Instead of putting men on the ground to go after him, in 1998 Clinton responded to the U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania by ordering an attack of 66 Tomahawk cruise missiles on a bin Laden training camp in Afghanistan.
Unfortunately, bin Laden was not at the camp when the missiles hit, and the effort backfired.
"I think that raid really helped elevate bin Laden's reputation in a big way, building him up in the Muslim world," said Harlan Ullman, a Washington defense analyst.
"My sense is that because the attack was so limited and incompetent, we turned this guy into a folk hero."
Other experts believe Clinton's domestic political problems had much to do with these lapse in the war on terror.
"Clinton was pinned down by the whole impeachment and the Monica Lewinsky affair," Washington-based intelligence expert Jeffrey Steinberg told the special investigation. "Others in the administration were running the show. The Lewinsky issue took Clinton out of the equation from September 1998 when the scandal broke almost through to the end of 1999.
This is why Presidents shouldn't fool around while in the peoples White House. Any corporate official would be fired for such an activity. Why was not our president discharged forthwith?
Without understanding the full scope of the actual situation, the people of the world, and particularly this country, have no clue to what really caused this tragedy. Bill Clinton's blatant offensiveness, as a representative of the free world provoked the Muslims into attacking that which offends them so much... The decadence of the West. Do your homework, for with out it, your opinion means nothing.
Because of the above facts, I believe that Bill Clinton is fully responsible for the attacks on September 11th and the deaths of 3000+ people, including the cost to the taxpayers for the war on terrorism.
Don't want to believe me? Read Dick Morris's book. Read a chapter from it right here. Disk Morris was Bill Clintons right hand man and advisor. I think he should know what was REALLY going on, and he agrees with this page: