Thursday, September 07, 2006

Hell Hath No Fury...

...like a former Clinton official when someone challenges Ol' Slick's supposed legacy. The latest culprit, of course, is ABC television, which will air a docudrama entitled "The Road to 9-11," beginning this weekend. Clintonistas are already howling that the drama contains a number of falsehoods and inaccuracies, though it is heavily based on the 9-11 Commission Report and other historical documents.

Howard Kurtz of the WaPo has a detailed summary of Democratic objections to the program, but as Mr. Kurtz notes, the real concern seems to be the Clinton legacy, and not accuracy to detail. Personally, I find it curious that it took five years for the media to mount a serious consideration of Clinton's anti-terrorism policies, and the program was produced by ABC's Entertainment unit, and not its new division. As El Rushbo observed earlier today, when you have so many former Clinton officials lodge protests against a program just days before it airs, well the drama must be pretty close to the truth.

As for Clinton's failures in the War on Terror, we'll leave the final word to a couple of folks who were there, former FBI Director Louis Freeh, and foreign affairs analyst Monsoor Ijaz. A few months ago, Mr. Freeh penned this op-ed for the WSJ, noting Clinton's refusal to follow the trail in the Khobar Towers bombing--a trail that led directly to Iran. As for Mr. Ijaz, he served as an intermediary between the U.S. goverment and Sudan between 1996 and 1998, when the Sudanese offered to turn over bin Laden to the Americans. Mr. Clinton rejected that offer, and we're paying the price for that mistake to this day. Like it or not, the failures of Khobar Towers and the Sudanese "deal" are key elements of the Clinton legacy on terrorism.

2 comments:

cynical joe said...

There were opportunities missed by BOTH Clinton and Bush administrations leading up to September 11, 2001. The people to BLAME, however, are Al Qaeda and their islamic enablers. Nobody was concerned about an attack against America on the scale of what happened, because it was unprecedented. Can't Americans from both political parties understand that no administration wants the country to suffer, everyone is trying their best, sure there are disagreements, but Dems and Repubs aren't each others' enemy. Let's stop trying to pin blame and move forward

the Initiate said...

I made the mistake of looking through the comments on a blog called americablog - 370+ comments of sheer raving lunacy.
What gets me is the attitude. Anything prior to 9/11 was some kind of happy utopia and Clinton could do no wrong. A case of aphasia on a colossal scale.
All of us were at blind for not realizing an imminent danger. Every President since Carter (who did the most damage) has in some way enabled or ignored our enemies until too late.
& I agree with cynical joe - the only people to blame are the ones who attacked us.