Thursday, September 07, 2006
The Path To 9/11 Methinks The Clintonistas Doth Protest Far Too Much
How can you tell when a fictionalized dramatization of events based on history hit a little too close to the truth? The people being dramatized start to protest - or in the case of Clinton (Sorry Excuse For) Administration, they start to whine.
They did this during the entire eight-year Clinton (Sorry Excuse For)Administration. Whenever they were criticized - wrongly or rightly - they would start to whine about ad-hominem attacks and the politics of personal destruction, which by the way was a concept they pioneered.
So, here we are in 2006 approaching the 5th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. ABC has spent some $40 Million on a six hour mini series which dramatizes the months and years leading up to the events of that Tuesday morning. Some events are fictionalized, dramatic license has obviously been taken in several areas. That, folks, is television.
Never the less, the Clintonistas - led by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright (yes, the same one who clinked glasses with North Korea's Kim Jong "Mentally" Il), former National Security Advisor Sandy "Top Secret Socks" Berger, and Bruce Lindsey have begun a whining chorus which just might end up shattering windows from Chappaqua to Little Rock.
I'm not going to get into what is fact and what is fiction about this mini-series. If I have time next week, I might do a review of it post-airing. Somehow my advance copy must have gotten lost by FedEx.
What the Clintonistas don't like to discuss about their sorry excuse for an attempt to run the country is anything related to the facts of what resulted from Clinton's foreign policy.
Clinton didn't like to make waves or rock the boat - in a metaphorical sense (don't let your mind slip into the gutter) where foreign policy was concerned. His foreign policy can be summed up in one four letter word - PUNT. Some examples:
When given the challenge of dealing with North Korea's nuclear ambitions, he punted the ball down the field for someone else to deal with. The result? Kim Jong "Mentally" Il may have waited for Albright's plane to clear North Korean airspace before starting up the nukes again. Just maybe.
When faced with Saddam Hussein's Iraq and the continual violation of the cease fire that effectively ended the first Gulf War, Clinton maintained the status-quo by effectively doing nothing. Again, he punted the ball down the field for someone else to deal with. Evidently he was occupied in the Oval Office by more important matters that I will not here describe. This is, after all, a PG blog.
Did the threat of terrorism exist during the Clinton years? Damn straight it did. American, her military, and her embassies were attacked on several occasions by forces directly related to Usama Binny Laden. Lets review each attack and the response by the United States:
October 1993 - Somalia. 19 Army Rangers are killed in an attempt to apprehend the warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. US Reponse? Withdraw.
August 1998 - Tanzania and Kenya. 257 people were killed and over 4,000 wounded in simultaneous car bomb explosions at the US Embassies in the aforementioned countries. US Response? None.
October 2000 - Yemen. 17 US Sailors are killed when a suicide bomb boat masquerading as a supply ship blows a hole in the Cole's side and nearly sinks her. US response? None.
Facts, as Ronald Reagan was fond of saying, are stubborn things. The fact, dear reader, is Clinton punted so often on issues directly relating to the national security of the United States that the world, and al Qaeda began to believe us to be little more than a paper tiger.
Another fact which the Clintonistas will shrilly whine to obscure is this: Usama "Binny" Laden was offered to the United States not only once, but on three separate occasions during the Clinton (Sorry Excuse For) Administration. Would his apprehension have prevented the events of that Tuesday morning in September 2001? Maybe. Maybe not.
One thing is for certain. We'll never know because, true to form, when faced with choice of whether or not to take decisive action against an enemy of the United States, Clinton punted the ball down the field for someone else to deal with at a later date.
Sadly, that day of reckoning came much sooner than anyone was prepared for.
Here endeth the lesson.
UPDATE: Bubba now has his thong in a bunch.
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