Newsweek Reporters Catch Slick Willy in Another Lie?
The report also criticized intelligence problems when Bill Clinton was president, detailing political and legal “constraints” agency officials felt in the late 1990s. In September 2006, during a famous encounter with Fox News anchor Wallace, Clinton erupted in anger and waived his finger when asked about whether his administration had done enough to get bin Laden. “What did I do? What did I do?” Clinton said at one point. “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.”
In this handout photo provided by Fox News Sunday, former President Bill Clinton responds to host Chris Wallace during a taping of an interview for ‘Fox News Sunday’, on Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, in New York. (AP Photo/Fox News Sunday, Michael Simon)
Clinton appeared to have been referring to a December 1999 Memorandum of Notification (MON) he signed that authorized the CIA to use lethal force to capture, not kill, bin Laden. But the inspector general’s report made it clear that the agency never viewed the order as a license to “kill” bin Laden—one reason it never mounted more effective operations against him. “The restrictions in the authorities given the CIA with respect to bin Laden, while arguably, although ambiguously, relaxed for a period of time in late 1998 and early 1999, limited the range of permissible operations,” the report stated. (Scheuer agreed with the inspector general’s findings on this issue, but said if anything the report was overly diplomatic. “There was never any ambiguity,” he said. “None of those authorities ever allowed us to kill anyone. At least that’s what the CIA lawyers told us.” A spokesman for the former president had no immediate comment.)
As a reminder of Clinton’s meltdown on FOX News with Chris Wallace,
Here’s the video (About 5 minutes):
A. Jacksonian put together a list of the wake-up calls for the Clintons during their first term in office.
Byron York earlier listed the Bill Clinton excuses.
Update: Thanks to BG for this “Clinton Hot Potato“:
["Mr. bin Laden used to live in Sudan,” Clinton explained to a Feb. 15 Long Island Association luncheon.
"He was expelled from Saudi Arabia in 1991, then he went to Sudan. And we’d been hearing that the Sudanese wanted America to start meeting with them again.
"They released him,” the ex-president confirmed.
"At the time, 1996, he had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here because we had no basis on which to hold him, though we knew he wanted to commit crimes against America.
"So I pleaded with the Saudis to take him, ’cause they could have,” Clinton explained. "But they thought it was a hot potato and they didn’t and that’s how he wound up in Afghanistan.”]