Don’t Fuck With The Clenis

4 comments September 22nd, 2006at 09:18pm Posted by Eli

Ouch. You do not want to try to blindside Bill Clinton – he will HURT you:

WALLACE: When we announced that you were going to be on Fox News Sunday, I got a lot of email from viewers, and I got to say I was surprised most of them wanted me to ask you this question. Why didn’t you do more to put Bin Laden and al Qaeda out of business when you were President?


[T]he question is why didn’t you do more, connect the dots and put them out of business?

CLINTON: OK, let’s talk about it. Now, I will answer all those things on the merits, but first I want to talk about the context in which this arises.

I’m being asked this on the Fox network. ABC just had a right-wing conservative run in their little Pathway to 9/11, falsely claiming it was based on the 9/11 Commission report, with three things asserted against me directly contradicted by the 9/11 Commission report.

And I think it’s very interesting that all the conservative Republicans, who now say I didn’t do enough, claimed that I was too obsessed with bin Laden. All of President Bush’s neo-cons thought I was too obsessed with bin Laden. They had no meetings on bin Laden for nine months after I left office. All the right-wingers who now say I didn’t do enough said I did too much — same people.

WALLACE: Do you think you did enough, sir?

CLINTON: No, because I didn’t get him.


CLINTON: But at least I tried. That’s the difference in me and some, including all the right-wingers who are attacking me now. They ridiculed me for trying. They had eight months to try. They did not try. I tried.

So I tried and failed. When I failed, I left a comprehensive anti-terror strategy and the best guy in the country, Dick Clarke, who got demoted.

So you did Fox’s bidding on this show. You did your nice little conservative hit job on me. What I want to know is…

WALLACE: Well, wait a minute, sir.

CLINTON: No, wait. No, no…

WALLACE: I want to ask a question. You don’t think that’s a legitimate question?

CLINTON: It was a perfectly legitimate question, but I want to know how many people in the Bush administration you asked this question of.

I want to know how many people in the Bush administration you asked, Why didn’t you do anything about the Cole?

I want to know how many you asked, Why did you fire Dick Clarke?

I want to know how many people you asked…

WALLACE: Do you ever watch Fox News Sunday, sir?

CLINTON: I don’t believe you asked them that.

WALLACE: We ask plenty of questions of…

CLINTON: You didn’t ask that, did you? Tell the truth, Chris.

WALLACE: About the USS Cole?

CLINTON: Tell the truth, Chris.

WALLACE: With Iraq and Afghanistan, there’s plenty of stuff to ask.

CLINTON: Did you ever ask that?

You set this meeting up because you were going to get a lot of criticism from your viewers because Rupert Murdoch’s supporting my work on climate change.

And you came here under false pretenses and said that you’d spend half the time talking about — you said you’d spend half the time talking about what we did out there to raise $7-billion-plus in three days from 215 different commitments. And you don’t care.

CLINTON: What did I do? What did I do? I worked hard to try to kill him. I authorized a finding for the CIA to kill him. We contracted with people to kill him. I got closer to killing him than anybody has gotten since. And if I were still president, we’d have more than 20,000 troops there trying to kill him.

Now, I’ve never criticized President Bush, and I don’t think this is useful. But you know we do have a government that thinks Afghanistan is only one-seventh as important as Iraq.

And you ask me about terror and Al Qaida with that sort of dismissive thing? When all you have to do is read Richard Clarke’s book to look at what we did in a comprehensive, systematic way to try to protect the country against terror.

And you’ve got that little smirk on your face and you think you’re so clever. But I had responsibility for trying to protect this country. I tried and I failed to get bin Laden. I regret it. But I did try. And I did everything I thought I responsibly could.

The entire military was against sending Special Forces in to Afghanistan and refueling by helicopter. And no one thought we could do it otherwise, because we could not get the CIA and the FBI to certify that Al Qaida was responsible while I was president.

And so, I left office. And yet, I get asked about this all the time. They had three times as much time to deal with it, and nobody ever asks them about it. I think that’s strange.

Don’t make him angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. He might even demolish your bogus Bush-tough-on-terror narrative. And that would be bad.

My prediction is that they air the question in full, and cut Clinton’s response to shreds to make him sound petulant and ineffectual (i.e., maybe just leaving in the parts where he talks about Wallace’s smirk, and about how he “tried” to get bin Laden and failed). Hopefully the fact that Think Progress obtained a leaked transcript will make them think twice about it, but I don’t think they’ll care – they wear their journalistic dishonesty like a badge of honor.

(hat tip to RevDeb in FDL comments)

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Wankers


  • 1. four legs good  |  September 22nd, 2006 at 11:37 pm


    I love that he referred to Wallace’s “smirk” cause he is a smarmy little prick.

  • 2. kyklops  |  September 23rd, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    Sigh… The difference between Clinton and Bush (regardless of their politics) is so clear to us ‘stupid fag commie’ foreigners. Will you guys for fuck’s sake please get rid of this current batch of criminals and replace them with some honest ‘lesbo-sodomite-islamofascists’?
    [Sorry about that: I have a general rule about not complaining on Americans’ blogs about American politics, and I’ve just broken it. But since I’m in the process: The fact that most Americans don’t seem to get what a joke Bush appears to be in the rest of the democratic world only serves to make all of America itself into a joke. Hell, I’m Canadian and I’m none too fond of frequent European snottiness myself. But I agree with them on this: a pre-requisite for being leader of the country is intelligence. Clinton exudes it. Bush is it’s antithesis. Clinton confidently confronts his adversaries, Bush doesn’t even try to pretend that he understands anything. I could go on, but I won’t. Eli, please accept my apologies for this.]

  • 3. flory  |  September 23rd, 2006 at 1:50 pm

    My prediction is that they air the question in full, and cut Clinton’s response to shreds to make him sound petulant and ineffectual

    No question. You could almost plan a drinking game — Dr. Pepper for you — around which sentences they leave out.

  • 4. Eli  |  September 23rd, 2006 at 4:47 pm

    No need to apologize, Kyklops – I agree with every word. Somehow we got away from the concept of “The president should be scary smart and ultra-competent” to “The president should be a reg’lar guy, just like me (and yet, at the same time, an infallible god-being).”


    Flory will need to bring a whole bunch o’ Dr Pepper…

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