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The Clinton Interview: Part 3.

Monday, September 25, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

One more comment on the Clinton interview.  Study this Clinton excerpt:

Now, if you want to criticize me for one thing, you can criticize me for this: After the Cole, I had battle plans drawn to go into Afghanistan, overthrow the Taliban, and launch a full-scale attack search for bin Laden.

But we needed basing rights in Uzbekistan, which we got after 9/11.

The CIA and the FBI refused to certify that bin Laden was responsible while I was there. They refused to certify. So that meant I would’ve had to send a few hundred Special Forces in helicopters and refuel at night.

Even the 9/11 Commission didn’t do that. Now, the 9/11 Commission was a political document, too. All I’m asking is, anybody who wants to say I didn’t do enough, you read Richard Clarke’s book.

The Clinton team relied on the 9/11 Commission report throughout their assault on “The Path to 9/11.”  But when the document doesn’t work for Clinton, it becomes a “political” document, which of course is what it was, but one designed to protect Clinton.  It has failed as a firewall, as The Looming Tower demonstrates.  Dick Clarke’s self-serving memoir is Clinton’s last line of defense, but Clinton can only hope people don’t read it as it doesn’t even pretend to make the case Clinton attributes to it to as Byron York’s column today shows.

UPDATE: Flap’s got a great link round-up.

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