Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Terrorism Memo

There has been a lot of talk in the media after Bill Clinton’s interview on Fox News Sunday about a “comprehensive anti-terror strategy” his administration left for the Bush administration outlining a set of recommendations to deal with Al Qaeda and Bin Laden. The Bush administration was in possession of this memo for more than 8 months prior to 9-11 and it is former President Clinton’s assertion that the Bush administration had the memo and did not follow the recommendations laid out by Clinton.
I would be willing to bet that Clinton is 100% on the money with this assertion. I have no doubt that he and his national security advisors and others left a comprehensive plan on how to deal with Islamic terrorists, and I think we all know the Bush administration did not follow through on the recommendations left by Clinton.
But, there is one flaw in all this finger pointing. I doubt it took one day for the Clinton administration to devise a “comprehensive anti-terror strategy,” or even one week. I doubt it was even one month. How long was the Clinton administration sitting on this “strategy” and not acting on it and instead waiting to pass it along?
I think we can fault the Bush team for not following up on the recommendations, but I also think we should fault the Clinton administration for coming up with a plan but never working to implement it.

6 Comments:

Blogger betmo said...

just keep in mind that clinton had the gop controlled congress to deal with. they weren't overly anxious to work with him on much of anything. indeed, they were more interested in indicting him for having sex with a consenting adult.

Sun Oct 01, 12:06:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

But the President does have emergency powers and Clinton could send troops, lunch missiles, and can start a temporary war without Congressional approval. He did launch some missiles while he was President but it was mysteriously right in the middle of his sex scandal. And the Republicans did not take the House until ’94, so Clinton had two years with a Democratic Congress and didn’t do anything.
And I think they were more concerned with him lying while under oath about having a sexual relationship with a woman he was not married to, then about the sexual relationship he had in the Oval Office with one of his intern employees who was not his wife.

Sun Oct 01, 11:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Betmo sounds the usual liberal mantra: Clinton was impeached for having sex with a consenting adult! It is most important to remember that Slick was impeached for lying under oath (A felony). This is why he lost his law license!

Mon Oct 02, 12:53:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

If Seinfeld taught us anything, even sex between consenting adults in the workplace is still grounds for dismissal.

Mon Oct 02, 10:12:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

None of that takes away from the fact that the Republicans were out to get Clinton even before he got into office, and they wasted a huge amount of time, energy, and money trying to nail him for something - anything - and most of it wouldn't stick. Yes, he lied; yes, he's a creep; yes, I wished he'd resigned after he was impeached. But, after all, he lied about sex.

Not about going to war.

Tue Oct 03, 10:27:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

But, Bush didn’t lie Under Oath, that is the difference on that point, and Bush was not doing an employee in his office.
I am not defending Bush, but Clinton did commit a lot of disgraceful acts.

Wed Oct 04, 12:32:00 AM  

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