Former Aide Doug Schoen on Bill Clinton: Distracted by Lewinsky Scandal, He Took His Eye Off Bin Laden

Democrat campaign pollster and former Bill Clinton aide Doug Schoen has a new memoir, “POWER: THE 50 TRUTHS, The Definitive Insider’s Guide.”

The memoir claims that Bill Clinton, absorbed and distracted by the unfolding Monica Lewinsky scandal, took his attention away from Osama Bin Laden allowing the terror mastermind to plan the attacks on 9/11.

Schoen was as a White House adviser and senior campaign aide to Bill Clinton during his 1996 re-election bid.  Schoen has worked across the aisle over his decades of political work.

The New York Post reports:

But Schoen was baffled and disturbed by Clinton’s lack of discipline that led him to have sex with White House intern Lewinsky, derailing his second term, triggering House impeachment and forever tarnishing his reputation — particularly diminishing his stature during the #MeToo era.

“I watched this unraveling happen close up, in painful slow motion, from inside the White House …. I watched the White House surreptitiously mount a whispering campaign to discredit Lewinsky,” said Schoen.

“There was also, I believe, a serious impact on national security. On Aug. 20, 1998, Clinton ordered cruise missile strikes against al Qaeda in Sudan and Afghanistan in retaliation for the bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The strikes, named Operation Infinite Reach, missed Osama bin Laden,” Schoen writes.

“Beset by the Lewinsky affair, the Clinton Administration lost focus and leverage to pursue him aggressively and bin Laden struck again on 9/11,” he writes.

Schoen continues that Clinton never really understood what all the “fuss” was about regarding the Lewinsky scandal.

He said Clinton “never understood the fundamental problem” and always “insisted that passive receipt of oral pleasure was not sex — a concept that someone who is not a former law professor like him might struggle to comprehend.”

“To this day,” Schoen writes, “he appears befuddled by the Monica fuss. When she co-produced a TV miniseries about the saga in 2021, the fact that he was unable to offer her the apology she is owed left me disappointed and saddened.”

He said Bill Clinton has lost his once “broad popularity” during the #MeToo movement that has zero tolerance of sexual harassment and mistreatment of women.

“Sometimes, Clinton can no longer even appear in public without sparking angry protests,” Schoen said.

 

 

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