Leave It To Bubba

It is no secret that I was NOT a supporter of Bill Clinton by any stretch of the imagination…..I believe it was his policies that caused so many of the problems we have today….his push to repeal Glass-Steagall ( GLASS-STEAGALL ACT OF 1933) lead to the crash of 2008….his push for NAFTA lead to the rush of immigrants…..his conservative policies have lead us to this point in our history.

But the biggest screw up was his wimpy pursuit of Osama bin Laden after the bombings in Kenya….and if he had been more aggressive then there is the possibility that 9/11 may not have happened.

The White House Situation Room was buzzing. It was fall 1998 and the National Security Council (NSC) and the “intelligence community” were tracking the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, the shadowy mastermind of terrorist attacks on American targets overseas. “They’ve successfully triangulated his location,” yelled a “Sit Room” watch stander. “We’ve got him.”

Beneath the West Wing of the White House, behind a vaulted steel door, the Sit Room staff sprang into action. The watch officer notified National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, “Sir, we’ve located bin Laden. We have a two-hour window to strike.”

Characteristic of the Clinton administration, the weapons of choice would be Tomahawk missiles. No clandestine “snatch” by our Special Operations Forces. No penetrating bombers or highspeed fighter aircraft flown by our Air Force and Navy forces. No risk of losing American lives.


Clinton’s hesitation did nothing to make the US safer…..and allowed Osama to function worldwide.

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5 thoughts on “Leave It To Bubba

  1. No surprise to hear that i also had little time for Clinton. He is often praised over here as some sort of ‘peacemaker’. I must have missed that part of his career. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. This is where our paths diverge. I am a moderate to conservative Democrat and as such I admired the Clinton presidency although there were things–namely NAFTA, the definition of “is” and the execution of Ricky Ray Reactor when he was governor of Arkansas–that I didn’t like at all. I too thought he botched the “assassination attempt” of Bin Laden, but he had to play it conservatively because of his problems with Lewinsky. If there had been a high body count–our soldiers, more civilians than the ones that did parish–he could not have weathered the political storm. The Republicans were already saying that the bombing was a diversion tactic from the scandal. It was sheer luck that Bin Laden wasn’t there. He should have been.

  3. Guessing who could have done what to change course in history – like eating 3-day old bread. If only Wilson had not got us into WW One… If Victoria had not been Queen.

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