Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

“Clinton Lied, People Died”

Bill Clinton recently vehemently defended his reputation relative to the attempts to capture Usama bin Ladin. Now a veteran CIA agent refutes Clinton:

Michael Scheuer is a 22-year CIA veteran and was head of that agency's bin Laden unit from 1966 to 1999. In a follow-up to Clinton's volcanic interview the week earlier on "Fox News Sunday," FNS host Chris Wallace invited him as one of three counterterrorism experts to analyze the truthfulness of assertions made by the "wizard of 'is' " in defending his pre-9/11 actions, or lack thereof. Scheuer responded that Clinton was correct in saying he got closer to bin Laden than anyone. "But, of course, he always refused to pull the trigger,"
"Mr. Richard Clarke, Mr. Sandy Berger (and) President Clinton are lying about the opportunities they had to kill Osama bin Laden" and that "for him (Clinton) to get on television and say to the American people he did all he could is a flat lie, sir."

Whatever happened, happened, and it’s water under the bridge. The country needs to move beyond the finger pointing and get its act together relative to the realities of fighting Islamo-fascism. Bill Clinton is not interested in that prospect. He’s got important work to be done to ensure that his misdoings as President don’t rub off on Hillary.

According to Scheuer, nothing has changed for Bill Clinton, he is still lying.

As for Clinton's claim that the Bush administration "had eight months to try; they did not try (but) I tried," Scheuer observed:
"Mr. Clarke, Mr. Berger, Mr. Clinton did have opportunities that were delivered by the men and women of the CIA to kill Osama bin Laden," but in "the first eight months of the Bush administration there were no such opportunities."

Politics, as usual, trumps the welfare of the people.